2010 Analysis: Mike Hessman
You have to like Mike Hessman for his size; if nothing else, he is a man you want on your side in the middle of a brawl or while walking down a dark alley.
Beyond that, Hessman didn’t display much value. Which is a shame, because he seemed like a nice enough guy – someone you could root for. And he has put up some ridiculous power numbers in the minors. Well at least he got the chance to taste the bigs again.
Hessman has already refused a minor league assignment and is therefore a free agent — so it’s unlikely he’ll return to the Mets organization.
Hessman turns 33 next March, and has run out of opportunities. He might catch on with Buffalo or another AAA team next year, but his chances of making the Mets – or any big league club, are slim. Still, I’ll be secretly hoping he gets a shot somewhere, gets into a hot streak, and truly enjoys at least a few weeks succeeding as a big leaguer. Chris Shelton, Kevin Maas, and Shane Spencer all enjoyed their ten minutes of fame – so why not Mike Hessman?