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David Wright likes the 90-win goal

David Wright said he agreed with Sandy Alderson that the Mets should aim to win 90 games this season.

It was reported Thursday that Alderson told team executives that he thinks the Mets could win 90 games this year (Harper, Feb. 27).

“I love the fact that Sandy is confident in us. I think 90 is challenging, it’s attainable and it’s a good starting point for us,” Wright said (ESPN NY, Feb. 27). “I think 90 is a good starting point for giving us something to shoot for and getting guys to understand that mediocrity is not going to be acceptable.”

Wright said Alderson did not mention winning 90 games as a goal to the team, and Wright was not aware of the reported meaning until he read about it.

“It’s not about being better than last year. What does that get us? Third or fourth place,” Wright said. “It’s about being a good team and being a playoff-contending team. Ninety wins is a good starting point.”

17 comments
Jon Pace
Jon Pace

Whoooo care?!?! This is the definition of a non-story and a bunch of beat writers clearly already bored with nothing else to write about. What is Sandy Alderson suppose to say? The Mets are going to lose 90 games? They are only going to win 82 games? My goodness are people desperate for things to talk about. He is trying to be optimistic! We are going to criticize him for that? Ughh, frustrating in quite frankly the unnecessary attention this is getting. Go write a human interest piece on a minor leaguer or something if you need something to write about as a journalist.  

aaar2d2
aaar2d2

What do you expect him to say I guess..politically correct DW..He can't say well that ole Sandy was probably tipsy and he is a bit senile and call him and that owner on their BS.

adam
adam

Why is Sandy throwing Terry Collins under the bus like this? Is TC going to be fired if this team doesn't reach 90 wins? This whole 90 win thing is absurd. Tony Larussa couldn't get 90 wins from this group. And as much as I love David Wright, just shut up and play a full season. And I don't want to hear another word from Sandy' s mouth unless it's, "I blew the Nelson Cruz signing", "I'm going to start Flores at SS", "I realize now that our Major League roster is more important than our AAA roster and I'm going to let our best pitchers make the rotation", or "My hands are tied I work for cheap ownership."

sayhey24
sayhey24

Every player and team should pursue excellence. This is what they are paid handsomely to do. If it turns out that some do not have the talent to excel, changes should be made. Every team in MLB is starting out with lofty goals. The only difference is that Sandy verbalized his. I am sure the Marlins are not shooting for 70 wins. That said, in looking at the Marlins roster, they seem to have similar starting pitching potential to ours and their bullpen is very good and probably better than ours. We have a marked edge at 2nd and 3rd base, their OF is slightly

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

It's the right thing to say. A player starts every game expecting to win, period. If the whole team goes out expecting to win and playing to win, every game, who knows. It's not grounded in reality but it is the right attitude.


None of us expect 90 games, but they should, that's fine.

nolrog
nolrog

I'm not sure what else he could have said.  No, Sandy is wrong, we suck, and we may lose 90 or more games.  /shrug.  This is really a non-story.

Muhammad Khan
Muhammad Khan

I think Sandy was misquoted and said 90 losses. It's sad but true. This ownership and front office is now insulting our intelligence. This is NYC not Kansas City!

skip0464
skip0464

i think if sandy was serious about 90 wins he would get a short stop, i am ok with giving ike aother year and see if it works out but i would platoon him with satin since i believe satin earned the right to play.   Duda?  i don't see a fit for him....   but how are we going to get eric young jr in the lineup he deserves the right to be there....


our outfield is better defensively this year and may hit better (hopefully), i think our bullpen will be better than last year and if our hitting improves at 1b then who knows 85 games might be possible... if 85 is possible then 90 is only 5 away, 5 games over the course of 162.....   


i can't wait for the season to start...   it feels better than past years...   hopefully in August i still feel that way.... who knows maybe even in September i will feel that way this year...

Phil Mancini
Phil Mancini

Wright is a good soldier but anyone who thinks 90 wins is attainable has been drinking the Kool-Aid. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

I absolutely agree with setting a goal of 90 wins, it should be the standard EVERY year. 

sayhey24
sayhey24

Continuing my thought. The Marlins OF is slightly better with Stanton and Yelich and all other positions are iffy on both sides, so I think if things break right for the Marlins and wrong for us, not only is 90 wins out of the question but finishing 3rd might be too.

David Lopez
David Lopez

If the team has a similar 74 win season in 2014, will Alderson finally be held accountable?

completely
completely

@nolrog  Understanding that he's in an impossible spot, hard for me to see where a person who cares at all about intellectual honesty or having his words taken seriously lands on saying this though. If you repeatedly say ridiculous things to the public, at some point that goes to one's credibility. 


"I love the fact that Sandy is confident in us." He's not. He's lying. This is a tactic and a transparent one at that. I guess Wright values his role as a functionary for ownership more than being honest with the public. His call.

BadContract
BadContract

I agree that excellence should be the standard, but what stands out to me is that Wright mentioned that this was not communicated directly to the team. Why push it through the media? Is this more dysfunction or a psychological ploy? Seems pretty weak to me.

aaar2d2
aaar2d2

@BadContract more to the fans in hopes to sell a few more tickets. Weak is right.

completely
completely

@Eric Notkin @completely @nolrog  It's a good point - I just can't help but think that we might not be in a better situation right now if someone with some clout within the organization (Wright is one of only a few people who fit this description) embraced reality publicly and made it clear that this isn't good enough. Wright supporting ownership's decisions in every public statement he makes has gotten us right here. He can try to inspire his teammates to win - but win what? What's the goal here? The process being employed just isn't going to produce results worth striving for.