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Media Kills Mets Players While Giving The Wilpons A Pass

Noah Syndergaard left last night’s game with an apparent leg injury. Whatever the reason, he was still in the clubhouse after the game instead of getting treatment or an examination in the trainer’s room or somewhere else.

Syndergaard finally left the clubhouse when the media entered, and the media pounced:

As is typically the case, reporters pounce on when a player ducks them. We saw it happen earlier this year with Clint Frazier, and we’ve seen it with the Mets with Matt Harvey and others.

It’s a player’s responsibility to face the media, and when they failed to meet up to their responsibilities, they should be held accountable. Even if the media attacks tend to go over the top, they’re within their right to do it.

The question is why this only applies to players.

Sandy Anderson used to meet with the press before every homestand. He was there to answer for everything good or bad (mostly bad). It’s a tradition Brodie Van Wagenen has not followed. Instead, his media availability during homestands typically only goes as far as the notes he leaves telling the media he hopes they enjoy the doughnuts he bought them.

There’s also Jeff Wilpon, who never makes himself available to the media. That is, unless, he’s in studio with his friend Mike Francesa whose toughest question to Jeff is whether Jeff McNeil or Yoenis Cespedes could come within 25 strokes of him on the golf course.

Basically, the media will kill players for their self-imposed unavailability, but they’re unwilling to do the same with the General Manager or ownership. That goes at least double for ownership.

Sure, we will hear about how Syndergaard left his team high and dry to answer questions for him. However, we won’t hear the same about how Van Wagenen and the Wilpons do the same exact thing to Mickey Callaway and the Mets players.

No, for some reason only players need to be held accountable by the media. The Wilpons and Van Wagenen can and will continue getting a pass for the same behavior despite their unavailability being all the more egregious than what an injured Syndergaard, a player who’s always there to answer questions, did today.

That is a ridiculous double standard.

17 thoughts on “Media Kills Mets Players While Giving The Wilpons A Pass”

  1. LongTimeFan1 says:

    Syndergaard shouldn’t be ducking the media. I get it he’s upset about the injury, but he should step up and answer post game questions like an adult and show more respect to a concerned fan base worried he’s going to miss starts, which would be another blow to a team trying to reach .500 and compete for more.

    Brodie and Wilpon don’t talk with the media/fan base enough, but bringing that up here sure seems like calculated deflection to attack ownership and the front office, maybe some extra click bait. At least bring it up on a day Brodie didn’t speak with the media on Baty Introduction Day.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      This was a very poor reading of what I said and bizarre unfounded attack, especially the click bait part.

      But I guess you think the owners and GM should not be available to the media to have to explain themselves. Good for you.

    2. Gothamist says:

      WTF, stop defending ownership.
      This ownership does not need any defense from anyone!!
      Clickbait….?

      https://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/metsdaddy.com

      No, thin skin!
      The Wilpons will be loyal to Noah as long as they have to!

  2. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    Nailed it again.

    Of course Wags is ducking the media–otherwise he’d be dealing with questions like, “you picked up a 35 year old as depth for a 36 year old while pushing the team’s best hitter over the last 2/5ths of the 2018 season who’s almost a decade younger than either, into a murky role likely to hurt his value to the team. You’re getting no production from either old player, meanwhile you left a huge hole in the rotation. What’s up with that?”

    Or, my favorite, “you foolishly picked up one of the oldest regulars in the majors to play a position you had covered, committing 100 million dollars to him in order to secure the services of a reliever, a notoriously unreliable profession, who has had all of one terrific season to his name. That’s going as badly as you should have expected. What could you have been thinking, at the time, and what alternatives were you considering?”

    As for the Wilpons, it would be a hoot to hear them stammer while answering the question, “were you behind the strange, counterproductive Cano deal?” and “how much are you regretting not hiring someone with extensive experience in a front office to GM the 2019 Mets–after all, your hire zeroed in on the bullpen, and it’s now the worst part of the team. What would you do differently, and why?”

    1. metsdaddy says:

      They’d rather use Callaway as a human shield. But for some reason, the media pretends Callaway is at fault here and won’t hold the truly culpable parties accountable – not just for their actions but also their media unavailability.

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    While I know that media availability has always been a part of the “job”, I hate this crap where journalists (whatever that term means anymore) have the right to scream and smear about somebody not delivering them a quote.

    As in the political arena, reporters see their jobs as gatekeeper/spinners of the news fading as social media and the blogosphere fills that role. And it should. This isn’t 1978, I don’t have to wait until morning to get to a newstand and see what nasty headline the Post put on last night’s game.

    And….frankly….I just don’t like Syndergaard much. He ran his mouth in the spring and has been mediocre since. If they trade him for a solid package, okay by me.

    1. Oldbackstop says:

      Hipefully Syndergaard is rubbing out Jason’s cramp right now.

      1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

        Speaking of Vargas, I post on occasion on, shall we say, an informal wagering site that shall remain nameless, and as soon as I saw Callaway had left Vargas out there for 117 pitches in his previous go-round I offered a $500 even money bet that Vargas would either miss at least one turn or would fail to reach 70 pitches in every one of his next three starts. No takers, and these are the kinds of guys who love action.

        I really thought I’d get a taker. After all, pretty much every fan doesn’t want to understand it’s not 1970 and pitchers can’t go 120-130 pitches per start any longer. A quick skim of game logs showed no Met went as many as 117 pitches in a start in 2018 or 2019, and Vargas, who averages 75-80 pitches / start in his latest incarnation, is the worst possible candidate of the 5 to survive a turn where he throws 50% more pitches than usual. And with a 7-0 lead? Rosario would be something like 99.99% to hold a seven run lead in the 9th if Callaway had sent him out to start the inning. I’d even trust Bashlor with that one.

        Everyone knows Callaway is abusing Gsellman, but the overwhelming opinion on Vargas’s 117 pitch start was “good for him.” We’ll see. But if Vargas doesn’t suffer as a result, we will have dodged a bullet in my humble opinion.

        1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

          Oops. That should read, “…or would fail to reach 70 pitches in one or more of his next three starts.”

    2. Oldbackstop says:

      “It’s a player’s responsibility to face the media, and when they failed to meet up to their responsibilities, they should be held accountable. Even if the media attacks tend to go over the top, they’re within their right to do it.”

      It is an freshly injured player’s duty to be attacked an hour later? What arw they supposed to say? What is the national security implications? They will be teated and DL’ed or not. Replacement players will bw brought up or not. Roster moves will be made.

      Ever see the media badger a newly injured player who doesn’t know anything himself? He can tweet or the club can put out a statement, there is no need to subject him to a moronic media scrum which will only yield ten opinions for every seven answers.

      1. Gothamist says:

        Well, they listened!!

        Dom led off.

        Lagares used his speed and did not try to power and pull.

        Yet, with just Poundest, Flexen to pitch — Alonso led off the eighth, the pitching spot as sixth (or in theory the last out in the ninth) and did not just try to just get on.

        On the best of days, a four run lead would not be safe but today just one run would just not be enough with Lugo, Gsells and maybe Diaz not available.

        Hey, they had to use McNeil to just get on, not as a RBI situation.

        The Cardinals starting pitching was shockingly very much adequate to take three of four.

        Cano at $24m should not be hitting second or sixth.

        The batting average of Mets #3-#5

        Conforto, Alonso and Cano….. under .255?

      2. metsdaddy says:

        If you’re in the clubhouse when the press arrive, the expectation is you’re available to speak with them.

        1. Jeffrey’s Weaver says:

          Seriously, they could not get more runs early today, ground balls w RISP = three double plays — no one of those guys under pressure in a walk year, then knowing that Martinez Gant etc coming in no sense of urgency from innings 5-8?

          Team effort… really???

          14 games to go consecutively with how many on the road?

          Shameful!!!

        2. Oldbackstop says:

          Yeah, and you are “expected” to do 17 minutes not 15, and expected to speculate, which will be thrown back in your face in the time frame is longer, and expected to emote on camera if you think your season is done, and answer stupid questions from 20-somethings with 2 years on the job making 30 grand like “should you have taken yourself out” or “did the coach leave you in too long.”

          Screw the beat media. They are rapidly becoming irrelevant, and not soon enough. The analysts we all follow on twitter are not hanging around the clubhouse like vultures.

          1. metsdaddy says:

            Look, if you’re expected to do something, you should do it. Plain and simple.

  4. Oldbackstop says:

    Awaiting you crapping on Vargas for giving up one hit through four innings, striking out the side, and having Hech handle a DP toss like a 6 year old….

    Yeah, the one hit was a homer to Goldschmidt, no shame there, and he still has the lowest HR/9 in the rotation.

    And if you are a Mets fan, you are praying he isn’t hurt now… Who woulda thunk it in April?

    And WHY all the stars sat today in what is in effect our pennant race??? Screw this Brodie/Mickey regimen of four day work weeks for our best producers…

  5. What About A Movie says:

    Vargas, media availability?
    Great questions?
    Are the Mets desperate for relievers and really horrid thus having no lefty now, acquiring Poinder and promoting Flexen to eat innings and surely Callaway makes pitch count decisions with Riggleman, Eiland, GM and COO?

    What about accountability to score runs late in games against other bullpens?
    What are the stats there…?

    Is it true that Fred Wilpon called for a meeting with the Commissioner to protest the Yankees acquiring Encarnacion ?

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