Lindor lands on All-MLB Second Team again

December 17th, 2023

NEW YORK -- In a lost season for the Mets, consistently shined bright. For his efforts, the star shortstop made the All-MLB Second Team presented by MGM Rewards for the second year in a row, as announced Saturday by Major League Baseball.

Lindor was the only Met to make an All-MLB Team this season, earning Second Team honors behind First Teamer Corey Seager of the Rangers. The honor, established in 2019, recognizes the best players at each position across the Majors. Fan voting accounts for half of the selection process, with the other 50% coming from a panel of media members, broadcasters, former players and other baseball officials.

The All-MLB vote only factors in performance during the regular season.

While the Mets had two other nominees this year in Pete Alonso and Kodai Senga, only Lindor emerged from the voting on an All-MLB Team. It’s easy to see why. Lindor finished second in the Majors in both major versions of WAR among Major League shortstops, behind only Seager. He produced the Mets’ first 30-30 season since David Wright in 2007, hitting 31 homers and stealing 31 bases. Lindor also won a Silver Slugger and finished ninth in National League MVP voting.

“I don’t really play for numbers,” Lindor said in September, after becoming the fourth Mets player to join the 30-30 club. “But it’s really hard to not play for numbers in New York. Numbers come up a lot here. It means a lot. To be in the category of guys I idolized growing up like [Barry] Larkin, [Carlos] Beltrán -- guys that to me are extremely special in my life -- to be in the same category as them is pretty cool.”

Here is the history of Mets players in All-MLB voting, dating to the honor’s inception in 2019:

First Team: Pete Alonso, Jacob deGrom
Second Team: None

First Team: deGrom
Second Team: Michael Conforto

First Team: None
Second Team: None

First Team: Edwin Díaz
Second Team: Lindor, Max Scherzer

First Team: None
Second Team: Lindor

Next year, Lindor will return to the Mets for the third season of a 10-year, $341 million contract. He has been one of MLB’s most durable players over the past two seasons, appearing in 321 of a possible 324 games.

Since arriving in New York in a January 2021 trade, Lindor leads the Mets in stolen bases, runs scored and defensive Outs Above Average, and he ranks second in homers. He’s posted a .254/.333/.447 slash line as a Met.