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Tempering enthusiasm for Sterling Award winners

The New York Mets' 2014 Sterling Award winners pose for a group photo before last night's game. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
The New York Mets’ 2014 Sterling Award winners pose for a group photo before last night’s game. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The New York Mets recognized this year’s group of Sterling Award winners prior to last night’s game.

Dilson Herrera and Dario Alvarez have already started to make contributions at the major league level, albeit in a very limited way.  I’d like to believe they will only get better, and players like Steven Matz, Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki will join them sooner rather than later.

But here’s the thing – we call minor league players “prospects” for a reason. Sometimes they don’t work out at all. Sometimes success is just reaching the major leagues and sticking for a little while in some role. Very, very rarely do they turn out to be stars.

Take a look at the players who were honored in September 2011, Sandy Alderson‘s first opportunity to hand out Sterling Awards:

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