Leadership: What is it?

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here I know, but this has been on my mind for some time and especially during the Mets recent atrocious skid.

So, What is leadership exactly? Is it showing a bright and happy face during Pre and Post game interviews? Is it keeping positive energy and good vibes during bad times? Lots of fans question whether the Mets have real leadership. While I can certainly understand why, I think fans need a real understanding on what leadership is.

Look no further than one Francisco Lindor, An on the Field leader who whenever he plays and is on the field, you see him calming guys down, reassuring his teammates, keeping positive vibes while at the same time, keeping it real and honest when things are rough. Now, that’s not a knock on Pete Alonso who is an optimist and likes to put a positive spin on things. Let it be known, there is nothing wrong with that at all. What fans are doing is destroying Pete Alonso for being positive and for him feeling like he doesn’t need to point out the obvious. Some players will call it like it is, some players will see the light at the end of the metaphorical tunnel (Positive outlook) and some players will be in the middle, Positive with some realistic view.

Here’s the issue though….Fans, Media, Talking heads, bloggers, myself included don’t know what goes on in the Clubhouse behind closed doors and we will never know. Are guys losing their minds? Are guys just Happy-go-Lucky? Is Luis Rojas digging it into them? Is he cheering the lack of Offense? We’ll never know and that’s something that benefits the team. What the fans, Media, Talking Heads, Bloggers don’t know is best. But let’s not take that too far, Remember the Rat/Raccoon fiasco? Everyone was miffed that the Mets weren’t “Honest” about what happened and honestly, good that they didn’t. Media, fans, Talking Heads and Bloggers have ways of blowing things out of proportion. But now I digress.

We’ve seen this team literally plummet harder than Tom Petty’s Free Falling and yet instead of being doom and gloom about it, the Mets as a whole are having positive energy. Hate him all you want, but Luis Rojas has kept his guys motivated through this awful stretch. Also, Even though the Mets are now 7 games back of the now First place Atlanta Braves, Rojas helped kept an injury riddled Mets team in First place for 90 consecutive days when the Mets were using their C and D squad players.

Now here’s the point I’m making. When Francisco Lindor went down with his oblique injury, It reflected on how much he was missed on the Field. It’s one thing to be in the Dugout on the Injured list and be a Leader, but there’s a Humongous difference when a star player or a Leader is on the field playing along side you. Examples are going to pitchers mound visits to reassure pitchers that everything’s going to be fine/helping him calm down and feed him a positive outlook on the situation. Since Lindor went down, the Leadership isn’t the same and other players have tried to take over that role in his absence.

Pete Alonso is one of those guys trying to “Hold down the Fort” so-to-speak. Is it working? I wouldn’t immediately shoot it down, but is he has good as Lindor? From what we can see, no he isn’t. Again, that’s not a knock against Alonso, He has his own way of being a Leader. The same goes with Luis Rojas, While it may look like he looks uninspiring, lost or even unintelligent, He knows what he’s doing (as far as what the analytics department allows him to do). In terms of keeping his team motivated, standing up for his guys and showing he believes in them, he’s got it down to a science. To question him on standing up for his players is ludicrous. You see it all the time when barking at umpires, questioning calls, you name it. His players could be 100% wrong in whatever play was made or with a call regarding a ball or strike, but he’ll go out there and fight for his guys. That’s what a real good manager does for his team. You also see that the players love playing for him and do whatever they can for him, including some late game rallies. That’s not saying they’ve been doing it recently, but The Players do love his influence as well as how he handles media and stands up for them.

While some fans, Media, Talking heads and bloggers may find this asinine and want Managers to be like those of the managers “back in the day” like Billy Martin, Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter and some even may reference Wally Backman out of all names, Managers in today’s game simply don’t do that anymore, It’s one of the reasons why Joe Girardi was canned as Yankees manager. He called out Gary Sanchez a few times and the organization as well as the Player(s) hated that. While I admit that players should grow more of a backbone and suck it up, That’s how players are nowadays. There’s just no changing that and the game has changed dramatically.

Leadership now is how you defend your players, are there for your team and how you keep them motivated and how you face the Media at times. Whether you agree with it or not, that’s how the game has evolved now. There’s nothing anyone can do to change that. Leadership for an MLB team is also how you conduct yourself after a good or bad performance and how you respond to others or even how you talk to the Media. Most responses are PR responses/right things to say and you can certainly understand that, However there are something that players say that you really need to read between the lines with and not see it as a general statement or what fans claim as “Delusional” or “in Denial”.

I’ll reiterate, what fans, Media, Talking heads, bloggers don’t know what happens behind closed doors in the clubhouse is for the better. They don’t need to know and it’s best left to the Players, coaches, Manager, Front Office Executives and Owner(s).

Mets to Sign Veteran Outfielder

The Mets and outfielder Josh Reddick are closing in on a minor-league deal. The veteran outfielder was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier in the week after slashing .258/.285/.371 in 158 plate appearances.

If Reddick sticks with the club for the remainder of the season, the 34-year old would indeed be eligible for the playoffs, should the Mets make it.

Reddick will join outfielders Albert Almora jr, Mason Williams, and Khalil Lee in the organization. While the Mets do have some depth, Reddick is probably the team’s best offensive option of the bunch.

Throughout 4408 career at-bats, Reddick owns a .262/.321/.426/.747 slash line.

Sunday’s Pitching Preview (8/1)

The 55-48 New York Mets will play the last game of a three-game set against the 55-50 Cincinnati Reds. The Mets have split the series till now and look to take the rubber match on Sunday afternoon.

The Mets plan to send veteran right-hander Marcus Stroman to the mound, making his 22nd appearance of the year. The Medford, New York native is 7-9 and owns a 2.63 ERA while having struck out 97 batters in 116.1 innings pitched.

In his last outing, Stroman pitched five innings and gave up two runs while allowing eight hits and a walk in a losing effort against the Braves.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 25-year old rookie right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez on the mound. In his last start, Gutierrez earned a victory against the Cubs as he tossed 6.1 innings and gave up two runs on five hits as well as walking three.

Gutierrez, so far is having a mediocre season, pitching to a 4.75 ERA while owning a 5-3 record. The Havana, Cuba native has also struck out 42 batters in 60.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Friday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup (7/30)

The 54-47 New York Mets will play the first game of a three-game set against the 54-49 Cincinnati Reds. The Mets lost the last series to the Braves, and as we approach August, the Mets must stay on track and maintain first place in the standings.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Carlos Carrasco to the hill, making his much anticipated debut for the Orange and Blue. The Barquisimeto, Venezuela native was 3-4 last season and sported a 2.91 ERA throughout 68 innings pitched.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 31-year old right-hander Sonny Gray on the mound, a former first round pick of the Oakland Athletics back in 2011. In his last start, Gray didn’t fare too well as he only pitched 3.1 innings while giving up eight runs on eight hits.

Gray, so far is having a mediocre season, pitching to a 4.50 ERA and owning an ugly 2-6 record. The Smyrna, Tennessee native has also struck out 89 batters in 70.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Mets, Cubs working on Blockbuster

Javy Baez is on his way to the Mets, pending a physical. Baez will be set to join the Orange and Blue and will be slated to play shortstop until the return of his friend Francisco Lindor.

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The Cubs will receive highly touted centerfield prospect PCA (Pete Crow-Armstrong) in the deal while the Mets will also acquire RHP Trevor Williams. For the Mets to just part with one prospect from the their top 10 is pretty amazing, considering the talent heading back to New York.

Baez, currently owns a slash line of .292/.303/.484/.775 on the 2021 campaign with 22 Home runs and 65 RBI’s to go alongside 13 stolen bases.

Rojas will now have another big bat for the top/middle of this lineup with a well-enough glove to cover either second or third, after covering for Francisco Lindor at shortstop.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup (7/27)

The 53-45 New York Mets will play the third game of a five -game set against the 49-51 Atlanta Braves. After splitting Monday’s doubleheader, the Mets look to put some more distance between the two teams.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Jerad Eickhoff to the hill, making his fifth appearance of the season. The Evansville, Indians native is 0-1 with a 4.96 ERA and has 9 K’s in 16.1 innings pitched.

The Atlanta Braves will have 37-year old righty Charlie Morton on the mound, a former third round pick with the Braves back in 2002. In his last start, Morton picked up his 9th win by pitching six innings while giving up two runs and striking out eight against the Philadelphia Phillies

Morton, so far is having a good season, pitching to a 3.65 ERA but owning an impressive 9-3 record. The Flemington, New Jersey native has also struck out 130 batters in 111.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Mets strike a deal with Reds

The New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds agreed to a trade that will send outfielder Mark Payton to the Mets. In return, the Reds will receive cash considerations.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets have transferred David Peterson to the 60-day injured list.

Friday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup (7/23)

The 50-43 New York Mets will play the first game of a three-game set against the 48-44 Toronto Blue Jays. After taking the series (2-1) against the Reds at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the Mets look to take two of three here at home as well.

Friday’s contest will feature a couple pitchers that have been decent, so far. The Mets plan to send right-hander Tyler Megill to the hill, making his sixth appearance of the season. The Long Beach, California native is 0-0 with a 2.63 ERA and has 28 K’s in 24.0 innings pitched.

Megill’s last outing came against the Pirates back at PNC Ballpark in Pittsburgh, and was a gem. He went on to throw 6.0 scoreless innings as he gave up six hits and and struck out two. A great bounce back from the righty, as his last start (Also against the Pirates) was shortened to just 3.2 innings.

The Toronto Blue Jays will have 30-year old lefty and familiar face Steven Matz on the mound, a former second round pick with the Mets. In his last start, Matz picked up his 8th win by pitching five scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers while striking out two.

Matz, so far is having a average season, pitching to a 4.43 ERA but owning an impressive 8-4 record. The Stony Brook, New York native has also struck out 84 batters in 81.1 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Mets to acquire Rich Hill

The New York Mets are finalizing a deal to acquire Rich Hill from the Tampa Bay Rays. The deal is said to be done and is pending a physical.

In 19 starts, the left-hander is 6-4 with an ERA of 3.87 while having struck out 91 batters in 95.1 innings pitched. Hill will likely be slotted behind Marcus Stroman as the teams number two pitcher until Jacob deGrom returns, and then likely pushed to the number three starter.

In his career, Hill is 73-48 with an ERA of 3.80 in 1071.1 innings pitched.

In return, the Mets will send the Rays pitcher Tommy Hunter and catcher Matt Dyer.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets shut Reds outs

The Mets needed one thing in particular from Marcus Stroman, and it was to eat innings on Wednesday afternoon at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. The right-hander did exactly that, and gave the bullpen a well-deserved rest after pitching eight innings.

The Long Island, New York native gave up just one in his outing while yielding just one walk as well. Stroman did also strike out seven and has now lowered his ERA to 2.59 after picking up his seventh victory.

Jonathan Villar popped his 10th home run of the year, a solo shot that came in the second inning. Villar finished the afternoon going 1-4 and currently owns a .230 batting average.

In the top of the third, Dom Smith lofted an opposite field grand slam to put the Mets up 5-0. The home run came off of starter Jeff Hoffman, who’s no stranger to giving up the long ball whether it be with his time with the Rockies or the Reds.

Besides hitting his 11th home run of the year, Smith also singled giving him a multi-hit game, bringing his slash line up to .257/.327.410/.737 after 300 at-bats.

Luis Guillorme pushed the game up to 7-0 when he hit a home run in the fifth inning off of reliever Tony Santillan. The home run counts as Guillorme’s 1st home run of the season, and just the 2nd of his career.

Jeurys Familia relieved Stroman in the ninth with a perfect inning that included striking out the side. Familia now has a 3.56 ERA after making his 31th appearance of the campaign.

The Mets are now at 50 wins on the year and will host the 48-44 Toronto Blue Jays on Friday evening. The Mets will have Tyler Megill on the hill as he takes on Long Island, New York product and former Met Steven Matz.