NY Mets writer Andrew Tredinnick takes over for 2022 MLB season

It was a normal, bitter spring day in Syracuse, but the minor league ballpark was packed with lone fans.

Just under 10 years ago, Bryce Harper made his debut for the Syracuse Chiefs, then a Class AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Harper was the 19-year-old prodigy and Sports Illustrated cover boy, one of the hottest prospects of his generation, poised to launch into the MLB stratosphere.

In the heart of the stadium, local media gathered for a fleeting chance to interview the next big thing. It was one of my first opportunities to cover America’s hobby.

A few weeks later, Harper’s Rookie of the Year campaign at the big boys began. And a year later, a budding career as a sports journalist began.

Only a small majority appreciate Bryce Harper’s quick and explosive career in the major leagues. Consider me a companion.

Mets will host the Marlins for Opening Day at Citi Field.  Thursday, April 8, 2021

My winding journey began with my daily trips to a local police station along the Illinois River in Peoria. Then I returned to New York for another internship before finding my footing on nearby high school football fields and gymnasiums. My path, at one point, led me to write stories about the Atlantic coast leopard frogs and 12-point males as a very uninformed outdoor writer.

During all this time, the mission was to acquire the necessary tools to reach the pros. And my first real chance to cover baseball came with the emergence of the Sussex County Miners, a new independent league team, which we at the New Jersey Herald covered like a major league beater.

Then the purchase of the Herald and eventual merger with Gannett allowed me to spend the last year covering a wide variety of pro teams in the metro area, including the Mets and Yankees last summer.

I dreamed of immersing myself in a professional beat and discovering unique stories about the players and coaches that fans care about. I hope I can offer a different perspective and an inside look at the state of the team and still keep readers informed of the pulse of the players.

Thanks to The Record/NorthJersey.com staff for giving me this chance with the Mets.

Max Scherzer of the New York Mets takes a hit from the catcher during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Monday, March 21, 2022, in Jupiter, Fla.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

I plan to dig into the stats to provide a deeper look at how the Mets are doing — or failing — over the season. And I will also give my opinion.

With owner Steven Cohen pulling the strings, Buck Showalter in charge and Max Scherzer teaming up with Jacob deGrom to give the team a combined six Cy Young awards, there’s certainly room for optimism heading into the 2022 season.

I can’t wait to share my first time on the pitch and in the press box on opening day.

Andrew Tredinnick is the Mets beats writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Mets analytics, news, deals and more, please sign up today and download our app.

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