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Brodie Van Wagenen Newsbeat

Monday, July 08, 2019

Pete Alonso is Brodie Van Wagenen’s Mets saving grace

Right here, at Citi Field, Jay Bruce was hitting two home runs, giving him three for the weekend and four, total, against the Mets so far. So there was that.

Four home runs — as in the total number for Robinson Cano in his first 242 at-bats as a Met.  [...]

In Cleveland, the two cornerstone players of the Cano deal — Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic — played in the Futures Game by night and charmed a gaggle of local scribes by day with their poise and their candor, so there was that.

In Tampa, Travis d’Arnaud — discarded by Van Wagenen like an empty beer can after all of 25 plate appearances this year, followed up his walk-off homer against the Yankees by getting another hit, scoring another run and making a terrific defensive play at first. So there was that [...]

And as a report surfaced that the Mets had “asked around” about Joe Girardi, favorite Van Wagenen whipping boy Mickey Callaway was still the Mets manager and he was still carving optimistic gems postgame despite the Mets dropping to an unsightly 40-50 on the year (One-and-a-half games better than last year at the break [39-52]! Two-and-a-half better than 2017 [39-53]! Progress!).

bobm Posted: July 08, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen throws chair in heated meeting with Mets coaches

A tumultuous Mets season took another strange twist, with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen punctuating a heated meeting with the team’s coaching staff by throwing a chair, according to club sources.

The incident occurred following Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Phillies in which closer Edwin Diaz imploded in the ninth inning, allowing four runs in his latest meltdown.

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.

The Run Fairy Posted: July 07, 2019 at 07:27 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets, mickey callaway

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mickey Callaway’s unique message to Mets seems to have worked

Heading into last night’s contest against the Marlins, the Mets desperately needed a spark. They had lost five games on their six-game road trip, and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon saw a glimpse of the 2018 freefall and called a meeting with Mickey Callaway and Brodie Van Wagenen to figure out what the team could do better.

Callaway, then, gave a message to his team that he reiterated to reporters at Citi Field. And the inspiration behind his message comes from a little book called “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F—k.”

“There comes a point where you just got to forget it,” Callaway said. “Whatever has happened, if you are not injured, you are the same player you were two weeks ago when you were raking.

“The only thing different is your mindset because you’ve been struggling. There is a good book out there, I can’t tell you the title of that book, I’m sure you guys know what it is and it’s very true.”

Mind you, when playing the Marlins, the lyrics to “Winchester Cathedral” ought to be enough to motivate victory…..

QLE Posted: May 12, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets being mets, mickey callaway

 

 

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