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Announcing the winner of the Mets 2016 King of Spring Training award

Another spring training is in the books and that means it's time for us to reveal the winner of the 2016 King of Spring Training award!

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Today is the day you've been waiting for all spring! It's the day when Amazin' Avenue gives out one of the least coveted, hardly known about awards the spring training baseball player could ever win, the Mets King of Spring Training award!

We imagine that the most annoying thing about playing spring training baseball is that, aside from the injuries, all of the results are meaningless. It's as if baseball decided to go by "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" rules for the balance of a month, just without the Hoedown at the end. We've been giving away the KOST annually now since 2011 and what we've realized is that winning this award means just as little as all of those spring training numbers mean.

Here's a little something to keep in mind, though: since Scott Hairston won the inaugural trophy, this award has gone to 4 outfielders and just 1 infielder (Zach Lutz, who came away with the award in 2014 and then went off to Japan that June). Two of the winners (Collin Cowgill and John Mayberry Jr) were cut from the Mets during the season. Only Scott Hairston and Lucas Duda managed to return to the Mets the year after winning the KOST, though Duda lost his starting outfield job that season and Hairston had a nondescript year before clubbing 20 home runs in his 2012 return engagement.

What is this all to say? The King of Spring Training means very little but we love to track it anyway and break down all of the small sample size stats! Without further ado, let's present the 2016 winner of the King of Spring Training:

Congratulations to outfielder Travis Taijeron, who comes away with the 2016 King of Spring Training award!


Photo credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

There's Travis after being informed that he won the 2016 Mets King of Spring Training award. His sense of excitement just permeates from the picture, doesn't it? Taijeron hit .368/.432/.658 this spring with 3 doubles, a triple, and 2 home runs in 38 at bats. Those two home runs led the spring Mets and he also led the team in OPS at 1.090!

Taijeron outlasted Alejandro De Aza who after a steady spring, sputtered over the past week and ended up at .364/.442/.432, good for an .874 OPS. Juan Lagares and Johnny Monell also made late runs but nobody was able to overtake the excellent work of Taijeron this spring. You, Travis Taijeron, are the King...the King of Spring Training!