Mets GM Zack Scott doubles down on Mets player accountability

The Mets began what promised to be an infinite day in a gap that felt a lot greater than the second-inning deficit they carried into Citi Field courtesy of Tuesday evening’s shock storm.

In the primary and solely act of a doubleheader that known as for them to complete 9 innings in Game 1 and play seven in a Game 2 that will be postponed by rain, the Mets had to overcome Washington leads of 3-1, 4-1 and 7-4 to win, finally, on Brandon Drury’s pinch-hit bloop within the eighth.

They additionally needed to overcome a problem extra forbidding than something the woeful, stripped-down Nationals might muster: Zack Scott’s determination to air out his gamers for failing to do extra to assist themselves and their crew.

Out of left subject, off the highest rope, the Mets’ appearing GM delivered his Zack assault Tuesday after his crew had misplaced seven of eight, had performed what he known as “unacceptably bad” baseball and had landed — with a dramatic thud — in third place. Maybe he was sick and bored with Pete Alonso’s expertise for whistling previous the graveyard and for insisting the sky was blue whereas being pelted by rain. Maybe he acquired nudged by an offended and embarrassed boss, Steve Cohen.

Or possibly Scott, a man who had been round a whole lot of postseason successful in his years in Boston, merely realized the Mets’ coaching and prep habits had been the strategies of losers. So he known as a press convention to say that when it got here to the Mets’ many soft-tissue accidents, the gamers, in some instances, had been chargeable for their place on the injured record. “Most of the time, to be honest,” he mentioned, “it’s compliance issues.”

Come once more?

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“Actually following the plan,” Scott mentioned. “Because these are all individuals and control their own bodies and sometimes they’re not as compliant as they should be.”

The appearing GM had clearly devolved into the acting-up GM. Scott talked about the gamers’ have to take heed to the staffers who’re always on them to correctly hydrate. “At some point you gotta take that responsibility,” he mentioned. “We’re not just going to stick a needle in someone to hydrate them because they’re not doing it themselves.”

If you had been scoring Scott’s jabs at house, it was arduous to maintain up. Once upon a time, in his opening press convention as Giants coach, Tom Coughlin sadly described his new crew’s many accidents as “a cancer” and a “mental thing” that he might appropriate. But in 35 years of masking sports activities in New York, I don’t recall one other GM blaming gamers for accidents the best way Scott did.

No, that doesn’t imply he was flawed. Public shaming is a powerful deterrent (although it will have been useful had Scott put a reputation or two on it), and if some extremely compensated Mets are refusing to observe the easy directions that may preserve them on the sphere, they should be ripped.

But Scott wants to know that this isn’t only a player drawback. In truth, his criticism opened a window on the soul of a company that was purported to be past this sort of folly.

Cohen was purported to characterize a brand new day for Mets followers. He was purported to be the anti-Wilpon, a giant spender who would gather high-profile expertise and create a tradition outlined by his dedication to successful. Cohen maintained he could be dissatisfied if the Mets didn’t win the World Series in three-to-five years.

“I’m not in this to be mediocre,” Cohen mentioned after shopping for the membership. “That’s not my thing. … I don’t suffer people who give me responses that are mediocre.”

And then 9 months later, there was Cohen’s appearing GM utilizing that phrase once more. “We’ve played very mediocre baseball for most of the year,” Scott mentioned. “This recent stretch has been much worse than mediocre. We’d have taken mediocre at this point.”

Mediocre … mediocre … mediocre. When will the Mets be something however?

Here’s a query of higher consequence: By going after the non-conforming slackers in his midst, didn’t Scott understand that he was calling into query his personal management, and that of Cohen, crew president Sandy Alderson and supervisor Luis Rojas?

In any enterprise, administration is anticipated to make workers accountable and to encourage them to carry out on the highest attainable stage whereas serving all team-centric wants. If gamers are hurting the trigger by refusing to take heed to trainers, coaches and executives — whereas doubtlessly going unpunished — one thing is severely flawed. For the Mets, it’s solely extra apparent now that they’ve fallen out of first place after spending three months atop the NL East.

Wednesday, in its comeback victory over Washington, Zack Scott’s crew tried taking the primary child step again towards respectability. The Mets nonetheless have an extended technique to go to get there.

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