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Dan Warthen addressed Jenrry Mejia about throwing glove

In his last start, Jenrry Mejia angrily threw his glove to the ground after giving up a home run in Atlanta.

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told MetsBlog’s Robert Brender that he talked to Mejia after the game about his behavior. He intended to talk with him more during Mejia’s bullpen session this past weekend.

“We talked about mound presence, demeanor, and how you cannot allow the other team see you sweat,” Warthen explained. “It’s something he’ll learn. You forgot how young he is, how competitive he is. He’ll clean it up.”

Mejia is scheduled to start Tuesday night against the D-Backs in Arizona.


Here is Brender’s full interview with Warthen, who also talks about Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese, after which he compares LHP prospect Steven Matz to Clayton Kershaw:




59 comments
MMIAA
MMIAA

How young he is? What..........and I cant believe some of the posts in here.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

I'm fine with it.  I understand mound presence and trying not to show your frustration because it could be seen as a sign of weakness.  Plus hitters know you won't be throwing your best stuff when your frustrated and are likely to approach the pitcher differently.  But in the end I'm happy to see some emotion from the Mets and their young pitchers.  

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

I don't think it was that bad. He didn't show anybody up and it displayed intensity that he cared getting beat in an at bat. It wasn't a defeated body language outburst, as much as it was an angry that the batter beat him.

Rafael Nodarse
Rafael Nodarse

In a couple of years you will have to behave like royalty to play some baseball..

Which One's Pink
Which One's Pink

How come the Mets pubicly air these issues all the time patting themselves on the back, yet professional organizations like the Yankees never reprimand their guys publicly to curry favor with the press.

Mets players know nothing that happens with coaches berhind closed door says private.

Mets constantly undercut their own guys publicly  Never have seen anything like it. 

Francisco Romero
Francisco Romero

I don't see anything wrong with this. It's about time someone shows some passion. I know this type of Caribbean style baseball is "frowned upon" but c'mon we have bigger issues with the Mets.

Which One's Pink
Which One's Pink

Definately the most critical issue the organization needs to be grappling about at this point.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

In my day after a player hit a HR the next guy in the lineup had better duck and not dig in.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

I have no problem with Mejia showing some emotion. This is something that has been lacking on this team for years. Act like you give a crap once in a while--good or bad.

greekgod
greekgod

Yes lets change baseball to a real game instead of a bunch of ladies.

greekgod
greekgod

I would like to see our pitcher stick his tongue out when he strikes him out. Wouldnt that be priceless?

Olerud42
Olerud42

A little fire and passion never killed anyone. He can't make it a habit or anything but this doesn't bother me in the slightest.

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

Crystal ball say: Mejia throws gem against Arizona tonight!

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Not to be off topic but now Matt Moore needs TJ surgery too?

jpmcgough
jpmcgough

hope that racist Warthen spends as much time riding those humps in the bullpen like Lannan and Rice. What's he saying to them? Priorities much.


C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

What am i reading?  It's ok to throw a temper tantrum on the mound like a school boy, is it?  What?  And most of you are ripping Warthen for even talking to him about it?  smdh  Besides the fact that it shows a COMPLETE lack of professionalism, it also lets Justin Upton know he (and the Braves) can get to Mejia anytime he wants.  Kind of an important idea considering the 2 teams play one another 19 times a season, don't you think?  No one is saying the kid shouldn't play with passion, but that's just childish behavior.  This isn't football and he isn't Eli.  He doesn't get to throw his hands in the air and make a frowny face every time he throws a pick.  Actually...there was a time in NFL Eli couldn't do it either.  Times they are a changin'...

mets1973
mets1973

It is nice to see someone care about winning. Warthen should keep quiet.

1craigswan
1craigswan

He expressed himself being upset about giving up a big hit. Big deal. He is young and he'll translate that fire into something productive as he matures in baseball. 

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Typical mountain-out-of-a-molehill reaction. Who cares? And given the Met staff proclivity for throwing gopher balls we're gonna see a lot more. Would actually like to see a hint of emotion from Bartolo Colon.

beerfinger
beerfinger

“We talked about mound presence, demeanor, and how you cannot allow the other team see you sweat."

Why not?

It's perfectly alright to let them see half your lineup consisting of AAA players?

It's perfectly fine to give up 3 run leads in the 9th with 2 outs and nobody on base?

But it's not ok to let the opposition see that you care?

What are they going to do, judge you? Underestimate you? Mistake your emotion for weakness? Oh no! Wouldn't want that!

mets1956
mets1956

I have no problem with this, i wish they would all get a fire under there butt.

Max Denby
Max Denby

@Which One's Pink  It's my one of my biggest issues with how Sandy runs his ship: they publicly call out players, in an attempt to discipline them.  It's MORONIC.  Your players need to trust the org and know that the mets have their back.  


I have no problem with Mejia showing emotion on the mound.  And if the mets do, they need to keep those concerns between them and the player.   


Here is how the mets appear to players: Cheap, disloyal and unstable.  

hashburry
hashburry

@Which One's Pink  And why is the pitching coach speaking about this to the press?  I live in SF and the giants have their share of issues (see Panda=fat) and they never talk about such things to the press.  Also, Raghetti (pitching coach) is invisible.

The beautiful thing is I get to watch Pagan tear it up out here instead of in a Met uniform.  Nice.

ericloz
ericloz

@Francisco Romero Baby steps. The team is upside down with lousy talent. They need to develop a subculture of professionalism and respect. Passion is fine, but tantrums aren't.

stemog
stemog

@Bob Burket Now if he would whipped his glove at Upton after the HR, that would've been interesting.

stemog
stemog

@Bob Burket Emotion is what Valverde shows. Mejia's is just being a baby. Reminded me of a Little League game.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Yes, let the opposition see how easily you unwind in a tough situation. How about mooning the opposing dugout? That'll show them!

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@Olerud42  Fire and passion is pumping your fist and bouncing off the mound after striking Justin out to end the inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd.  I can't understand how you folks are confusing one for the other.  

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@Albert E Lewis  It's amazing how this has become the norm.  I have to assume pitchers in the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and early 70s injured the UCL in their arms too.  What the hell did they do?

JoeBourgeois
JoeBourgeois

@C.K. Dexter Haven  Nobody's ripping Warthen about talking to Mejia about it. People are ripping Warthen to talking to the press about it

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@C.K. Dexter Haven  I agree, and would put this question to all of you:

What would happen if you threw this kind of tantrum in the work place?

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@brockl  it's the same people who didn't see anything wrong with Lastings Milledge's high five nonsense...in between innings no less.  smh

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@brockl  How do you feel about the despicable (but acceptable to most fans) end zone dances that are done all the time in the NFL? 

stemog
stemog

@beerfinger One has nothing to do with the other. There's a big difference between showing you care and acting immature. The opposition knows they're in his head and they've got him beat. It's not OK to throw your glove ... at any level. Most guys who act like that aren't long for the big leagues.

Ruben Morris
Ruben Morris

The same thing that would happen if you sat at your desk spitting sun flower seeds and patting your coworkers on the back side... The baseball field has slightly different rules than a cubicle farm.

beerfinger
beerfinger

@stemog  Well, considering the Mets won that game, I could care less what the opposition thinks they know.

ericloz
ericloz

@brockl @ericloz You're right...pitch until your arm falls off because there aren't any other options. 60's era sports medicine is so superior to what's out there now. Why don't you try a little project called "common sense" w/ a dose of reality. the age of "rub a little dirt on it" ended last century.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@brockl Initially i was OK with Reyes' celebrations when they were in the dugout.  When they started spilling onto the field is when it bothered me.  There's no decorum in sports anymore and if you have an expectation of some you're the old man with old ideas...