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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Mets: NY Post talks about what needs to be done.

In the NY Post they are talking about how the Mets new "Three amigos" need to do "Five things" to get this team going in the right direction.. I grabbed the two that spoke out to me the most.

From the NY POST

No more 24-and-1 
The new front office must not allow the Yoenis Cespedes situation to continue to fester.
“Every player has to be treated the same,’’ one team official said. “There can’t be special rules for one player.’’
It was interesting Callaway put Michael Conforto in left field Wednesday night, making it clear Conforto is better suited to be a corner outfielder. Consider that Cespedes insurance, because the slugger has been sidelined each of the past two years with leg woes. Get what you can from Cespedes, but don’t expect him to carry your club anymore. Those false hopes only destroy the fabric of a team.
MG- There was a reason Cespedes kept getting traded from team to team. I didn't want him
 to get signed by the team after his last contract ended and then I apologized because he seemed to prove me wrong about what kind of player he is, now with the long run he proved me right. Should have kept that net negative Daniel Murphy.

Triple A seems to be broken-
 Manager Mickey Callaway has tackled the problem head-on, rightfully ruffling feathers within the organization. Every day, Baseball 101 is going on hours before the game as Callaway and his hard-working staff do tutorials. On Wednesday, the student was Wilmer Flores, who was getting 2-on-1 coaching on playing first base from first-base coach Ruben Amaro Jr. and bench coach Gary DiSarcina. 
 Earlier in the week, it was bunting practice for shortstop Amed Rosario, who has also been getting drilled on stealing bases. None of this was accomplished in the minor leagues. Callaway recently mentioned how Dom Smith did not bunt in the minors, which is why he was hesitant to have him do it in a game. 
Callaway is shining a spotlight on the Mets’ many deficiencies. One former minor league player told The Post that batting practice at Las Vegas was often curtailed last year because it was “too hot.’’
MG- Let's get into this a bit.... Why isn't this reinforced in the minors at all? That is what the minors are for, no? Fundamentals should be drilled into players non stop. The pitching seems like it has gotten worse in Vegas. Seems like one Frank Viola get moved to Binghamton, there wasn't a significant replacement. I don't even know who the pitching coach is in Vegas.... Be right back.... Okay, I am back. After some research I found it's GLENN ABBOTT-   "He spent the previous six seasons as pitching coach for Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League (2012-17). In 2017, Binghamton compiled a record of 85-54 (.612) and advanced to the EL playoffs. He also served as pitching coach for Single-A Savannah of the South Atlantic League in 2011. He was a member of the San Diego Padres system before joining the Mets. He served as pitching coach for Double-A San Antonio of the Texas League in 2007 and 2010. He served in the same role with Triple-A Portland of the Pacific Coast League in 2008 and 2009 and with Double-A Mobile of the Southern League in 2006. He was also pitching coach in the Texas Rangers system from 2003-05. He spent a total of 13 seasons as a coach in Oakland's organization from 1990-2002. He made his coaching debut with the Mets in 1985 with Single-A Little Falls of the New York-Penn League and stayed with the organization through the 1989 season." So he was basically traded from the Rumble Ponies to  Vegas for Viola. Meh. 

How do you not have an indoor training field in Vegas if it is "too hot" to do training for the big leagues? That is a bull shit answer. Spend the money and get your players right. I am hoping the move to Syracuse next season makes life easier in this regard.

Read more from the NY POST here.

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