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Brodie Van Wagenen Is Comically Bad

Last night, Travis d’Arnaud was 3-for-4 with five RBI. Three of those five RBI came on an eighth inning double which put the Braves ahead 11-10. This was the same d’Arnaud he rage released last year.

Since d’Arnaud was released he outplayed Wilson Ramos. That was readily apparent when Ramos’ framing, if you can call it that, cost Seth Lugo a strike in that fateful d’Arnaud at-bat.

You couldn’t help but notice the same game d’Arnaud won, the .208/.269/.250 hitting Ramos flew out with the tying run on second to end the game.

Ramos’ failures go beyond his offense. He can’t frame and his game calling has been poor. It’s one of the reasons Edwin Diaz has struggled in a Mets uniform.

Case-in-point, Ramos called six outside pitches when Marcell Ozuna was up last week, and on a 3-2 pitch, he called the same pitch Ozuna struck out on the previous day. Short of using a megaphone, Ramos couldn’t have made the pitch type and location any more obvious.

This is normally where we go to Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn. On that note, the Mets called up Brian Dozier despite his bit really fully preparing for the season and his not taking part in summer camp.

By hastily starting an ill-prepared Dozier, the Mets have admitted Cano is no more than a platoon player making that trade somehow worse.

On the topic of the platoon, you know who was a really good right-handed platoon option? Wilmer Flores.

However, the Mets non-tendered Flores partially because of a knee condition he never actually had. Instead, they replaced him with Jed Lowrie, a player who actually had a knee injury.

That knee injury is the invented condition of PCL laxity. Even better than the conjured up diagnosis was it taking nearly a year-and-a-half to get a second opinion.

On the topic of the IL, Jake Marisnick landed on it. The Mets could’ve just signed a player like Juan Lagares for cheaper, but instead, they chose to trade Marisnick.

While the Mets are getting nothing from the impending free agent Marisnick, and their bullpen has been struggling Blake Taylor has been terrific out of the Houston Astros bullpen.

The list with Van Wagenen goes on and on. He told us he was replacing Zack Wheeler with Marcus Stroman, who was in the same rotation. He then let Wheeler walk and actually replaced him with Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha while trying to tell us the pitching improved.

Don’t forget his continuously telling us he wasn’t going to fire Carlos Beltran only to fire Beltran before he managed a game.

It’s like Van Wagenen is George Costanza. Every instinct is wrought with failure. The key difference is Costanza was the assistant to the traveling secretary, and Van Wagenen is the GM.

The other difference is Van Wagenen is real. He’s all too real.

21 thoughts on “Brodie Van Wagenen Is Comically Bad”

  1. oldbackstop says:

    Oh….well, maybe BVW reads your blog for ideas?

    Remember how before the Cano deal you proposed this trade?
    Mets get:

    Cano and all his 100 mil salary left.
    Edwin Diaz….we know that story
    Mitch Haniger….who hit .220 in an injury filled 2019, and has yet to play in 2020….and likely won’t following gack and core surgeries.

    Nice Haul.

    For that, you suggested we trade:

    Pete Alonso
    Jay Bruce
    Dom Smith
    Jason Vargas
    Gimenez

    Would that be “comically bad”?

    1. Mike says:

      To add to your point, Just remember we had Jeff McNeil set to be the future at se one base after his rookie campaign, So then instead of bringing in another position player or pitcher, wags goes and gets the aging back half of Robinson Cano putting McNeil auto back up to Canoat second while giving away great prospects and then he goes and gets Jed Lowerie making McNeil third string second baseman and to try and further his point the Mets had their best hitter bat 7th the first half of the 2019 campaign until injuries and his hitting couldn’t bury him in 5he line up anymore. So just to review all that money Wags used for two second baseman he did not need (oh and by the way both were clients of his while he was an agent). What a farce. Plus even after they blew it with Beltran they went and got another Yes man Manager when they could have gotten Baker or Sholwalter.

    2. metsdaddy says:

      No, that trade made sense, and you’d still have Kelenic and Dunn

    3. Ian says:

      Not for anything but this guy isn’t a GM. Van Wagenen is. So, I don’t understand what you’re trying to achieve. Either way, you’d have to be crazy to think bringing in a player in his mid 30s who not only just served a suspension for PEDs but also just had knee surgery was a good idea. I wonder if him being an ex-client of Van Wagenen haf anything to do with it? How is this “Well, yeah you said they should have traded so and so for Cano and your fake proposal would have been WAY worse!”. Did you actually play catcher back in the day? Because coming from someone who has played catcher and offensive line, you seem a little high strung. Give the guy a break.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        He’s a troll

  2. Rich Hausig says:

    Since the trade for Cano and Diaz I think BVW has done very well. The problem is this trade never stops reverberating. I think Cano will be fine, he had a nice game last night, and his bat speed is still there.

    Now to senor Diaz. This guy is over. He doesnt have any guts and when he misses he misses up in the zone. Bad combo. I dont care what he did in 2018, it is the outlier. His control is terrible and he can tell you anything he wants, he is pitching scared. The only solution at this point is to give him 6th and 7th inning work, you cant have him near the end of the game.

    No one is more angry than me today, last night was an atrocity. But once you start thinking rationally you realize they will be OK.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Van Wagenen has been a disaster.

      1. oldbackstop says:

        Yet you would have put Alonso and Dom in the Cano deal.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Wasn’t the same deal

        2. metsdaddy says:

          Two things:

          1. Stop posting full text articles in the comments. You can provide the link, but you’re ruining the comment section with your nonsense.

          2. I recommend you take time to understand what you read because I can assure you, you don’t.

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            Now deleting? Lol….The nonsense is your own words! And since nobody reads your blog except you an me, this just feels like censorship. Of yourself. Weird.

          2. metsdaddy says:

            Of course, you continue to prove you don’t understand what you’ve read.

          3. Oldbackstop says:

            Gawd, you are more dogged than our president. Knowing how they performed in 2019, you would still do the trade you proposed?

            And you criticize BVW?

          4. metsdaddy says:

            I didn’t propose that dumb trade BVW made

  3. Ian says:

    Van Wagenen has been comically bad since day one. Perhaps reeling in the best pitcher in the league can cost a lot.. Like hiring the best pitcher in the league’s former agent. I could imagine the Wilpon’s thinking “Hey, how could it possibly hurt? We’ve basically guaranteed he’ll be back, now. Everyone will want to play for us!”. If bringing in Van Wagenen didn’t smell a little bit like a conflict of interest at first, I can understand. It was the first thing I thought when I heard about his hiring, but I brushed it off. At this point, if you don’t notice it, I can’t help you. This is the same guy who publicly “challenged” other MLB GMs to a home run contest his first year as a GM.

    Are you actually suggesting that firing Beltran was a bad move? That’s one of the better moves the Mets have ever made.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Yes, firing Beltran while keeping Marisnick and JD was a bad move. Either cheating is an issue, or it isn’t.

      1. Homers oddysi says:

        “Either cheating is an issue, or it isn’t”

        I guess once the Astros fired the Manager and GM, they should have then non-tendered / released Springer, Altuve, Gurriel, Correa, Bregman, et al., correct?

        Or is this rule only applicable to the Mets?

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Mets fired Beltran, and as such, they’re subject to scrutiny.

      2. Ian says:

        Then you are insane. I thought it was a stupid move to begin with. The best players turned coaches are generally utility guys. They know what it takes to play multiple positions and have seen how dugouts are supposed to operate. Beltran’s experience consisted of what? One year as a special advisor to Brian Cashman after his playing career? I could not have been happier to have him replaced by Rojas.

        Beltran was extremely vocal about the sign stealing rumors from the get-go. Maybe if he had kept his mouth shut, things could have been different (Although, I seriously doubt that). Personally, the sanctimonious comments from ball players and the individual threats and actions they have taken towards the Astros makes me want to vomit. I’m convinced that every team cheats when they have the opportunity (Like the Yankees who not only avoided punishment, but it was barely made public).

        Beltran made his choice to speak up the moment the rumors were made public. Having him coach would have been a PR nightmare. He would have also been a terrible manager.

    2. Oldbackstop says:

      I think the thing the Wilpons saw in BVW was his dealmaking ability. Whether they succeed or not, he landed Porcello and Wacha on very team friendly deals. People say that when it comes to clauses and performance bonuses and deferred money and all that crap, BVW is the gold standard.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        You should add a rimshot when you tell a bad joke

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