No Meaningful Change In Mets’ Purge

In looking at the big picture, what has Mets GM Sandy Alderson really accomplished since the end of the season?

Terry Collins, whom his staff disparaged in an article ripe with anonymous, scathing comments, was removed as manager and given a new position as special assistant to the general manager. Collins officially accepted the job this morning.

ALDERSON: No meaningful change so far. (AP)

ALDERSON: No meaningful change so far. (AP)

With the collapse of the pitching staff caused mostly by injuries, pitching coach Dan Warthen’s job was tenuous. His imminent departure became official this morning, but like Collins, Warthen was offered another job in the organization.

What is this? Keep your friends close but your enemies closer? If Collins and Warthen were so bad – each had faults but neither was the root of the Mets’ collapse – then why were they kept on?

My guess is that by giving them new jobs, they wouldn’t be in the position to publicly rip Alderson. Keeping them on insulates the general manager.

Neither Collins nor Warthen lit a fire under Mets’ fans like trainer Ray Ramirez, who was fired today one week after Alderson said he was staying.

Ramirez took a lot of heat for the Mets’ run of injuries over the past several seasons, but he was clearly not responsible for the pitching staff’s three most significant injuries.

When Matt Harvey struggled finding his velocity this spring following thoracic outlet surgery, Warthen said he wouldn’t regain his full strength until the end of May. However, with Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler not ready, the Mets pushed Harvey’s return.

That’s on Alderson, not Ramirez.

Then there was the Noah Syndergaard fiasco. Syndergaard bulked up in the offseason – not under Ramirez’s guidance and unbeknownst to Alderson and Warthen – and added 17 pounds with the hope of lasting longer in games. Syndergaard complained of soreness in his arm which was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis.

Syndergaard refused an MRI then sustained a partially torn lat muscle which prompted the gem from Alderson, “I can’t tie him down and throw him in the tube.’’

That was Alderson’s call, not Ramirez’s.

Finally, there was Jeurys Familia’s blood clot, which some tried to pin on overuse by Collins. However, there was being away from spring training for the WBC followed by his suspension. Perhaps after that, he was rushed back, but Collins doesn’t make those decisions.

Also training on his own was Yoenis Cespedes, who played in only 81 games. 

The thing about Ramirez’s job is he doesn’t diagnose the serious injuries. Ramirez’s staff and the conditioning staff remained intact, as were the Mets’ medical staff. Ramirez is far from perfect, but he’s been made a fall guy.

Today’s purge also included bench coach Dick Scott, first base coach Tom Goodwin and bullpen coach Ricky Bones. Staying on will be Kevin Long, Pat Roessler and Glenn Sherlock, which tells you the incoming manager will be assigned part of his staff.

6 thoughts on “No Meaningful Change In Mets’ Purge

  1. Just shows Alderson looking for a new puppet. Collins’ failures were starting to act like he ran the field

  2. This just gets weirder and weirder! We keep Collins and Warthen on? Boy, your right when you say this is Alderson’s way of keeping the skeletons in the Mets closet. Next, he’ll hire another yes man and Alderson will keep on calling the shots on the field from the front office. He’ll continue to put all his stock in the broken rotation and keep on shopping on the sabre metrics scrap heap.

  3. Things certainly get strange when a purge is underway. That should not come as a surprise to anyone. Collins missteps as a manager are legendary, but he managed to keep the media at bay simply by being accessible and on good terms with all (especially Fred Wilpon) and TC deserves some credit for his demeanor. All the while, the Metsecutives may have demeaned the best manager in their system in Wally and he departed to baseball obscurity. So, what’s next? Who knows, but it can’t be worse than what we’ve seen for the past seven campaigns.

    Another Gil Hodges may be hard to find, but we have seen nothing remotely close to his ilk in the 45 years since his untimely demise. That man was a winner and a leader. Just ask Seaver, Koosman, Harrelson, Grote and Jones. The Metsecutives would be well served by intensely studying Hodges and finding someone with similar qualities. With apologies to Tom Terrific, Piazza and Wright, Gil Hodges was the greatest Met of all-time. For anyone who closely followed the team for the first 20 years, I doubt there is a contrary opinion.

    • Hard to argue Hodges’ managing and the class he brought to the organization. The other 3 guys you mention were also top shelf when it came to being class acts! For some reason the Mets prefer to keep away from those types. Granderson deserved better and Bruce will never consider coming back. The Mets have always been low rent and always seemed to prefer it that way.

  4. Not sure how Warthen is to blame for the pitching injuries.

    How do you blame the pitching coach for promoting Harvey who stunk up the minors to the tune of a run an inning only to do worse in the majors?

    Just this spring the expectation was we would have dominant pitching which was undone by injuries and putrid pitching.

    Jake was our best pitcher

    Arguably Montero was next best. That says it all.