Checking in on the New York Mets, and things are still messy (or, Metsy).
First-year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen — an agent before this season — angrily threw a chair after a meeting with the Mets’ coaching staff on Friday, according to the New York Post. This took place after disappointing closer Edwin Diaz — acquired in a trade with the Mariners over the offseason — gave up four runs in a 7-2 loss to the Phillies.
In the meeting, Van Wagenen was reportedly “bemoaning the fact Jacob deGrom’s strong performance had been wasted,” and told manager Mickey Callaway to go to his “fucking press conference.”
An irate Van Wagenen assembled manager Mickey Callaway and the coaching staff in the coaches room immediately after the game, according to a source, and lashed out at the individuals present, bemoaning the fact Jacob deGrom’s strong performance had been wasted. Accompanying Van Wagenen at the meeting was assistant GM Allard Baird.
After ripping the coaches, according to a source, the usually mild-mannered Van Wagenen picked up a chair and threw it and told Callaway to go conduct his “f–king press conference.” Callaway provided no hint that anything was amiss as he met with reporters following the loss.
This summarizes a complete circus of a season — and it’s not even the All-Star break! — for the Mets, both on and off the field.
The team has been a huge disappointment, with a 40-49 record and losses in nine of 11 games before actually winning a game (6-5 over the Phillies) on Saturday night.
And off the field, well, Friday night’s incident is just one of several embarrassing incidents in recent months. Like, pitcher Jason Vargas and Callaway being involved in a locker room altercation with a reporter, and Van Wagenen reportedly ordering Callaway to remove deGrom from a tight game in June.
Things are likely to only get worse before they better on the Mets’ front, especially if their general manager is already melting down less than half a season into the job.