The Mets are just on a whole different level of crazy in 2019.
In case you were worried Brodie Van Wagenen wasn't qualified to be a GM, how about a manager? First-year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen reportedly texted a member of the dugout staff in the middle of the game to get Mickey Callaway to pull starter Jacob deGrom.
As @NYPost_Mets first reported, a source says Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen texted a member of the support staff to direct manager Mickey Callaway in the dugout to pull Jacob deGrom from a game in AZ.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) June 25, 2019
Yes, there’s more collaboration. But that level of micromanagement is unusual.
It's another wild piece of information to add to the bulletin board of absurd things to happen with the Mets this year, including a recent wild spat between Callaway and a member of the media.
Callaway has been under fire virtually all season for his odd managing techniques. He seems to either leave his pitchers in for far too long or pull them way too early, with very little in between.
This recent news might mean that some of that scrutiny is undeserved. It's good to have communication between the coaching staff and the front office, but it must be hard for him to manage with Van Wagenen breathing down his neck all of the time.
BREAKING: The Mets are fining both Mickey Callaway and Jason Vargas for their roles in last night's clubhouse altercation, but issuing no suspensions, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 24, 2019
Van Wagenen called the altercation "disappointing" and "regrettable."
Van Wagenen was hailed as the next big thing when he signed on as the Mets' new general manager, but it's clear that his inexperience is getting the better of him.
Couple that with a manager who already struggled the year prior, and you've got a recipe for disaster.
Brodie Van Wagenen texted a #Mets staff member and directed them to have Mickey Callaway pull Jacob deGrom from the game?— Chris Dixon (@cdixon25) June 25, 2019
This team is unreal.
The last thing the Mets needed was micromanagement from the front office. They've got enough on their plate as it is, with Callaway's tussle with the media and the team's poor performance this year.
Now they've got issues with the man who's constructing the roster and the one trying to manage it.