Note: It's about Pitching, not Closed-Door Meetings

Yesterday, Jeff Wilpon traveled to Atlanta to meet in person with Omar Minaya, assistant John Ricco, Jerry Manuel, Ray Ramirez and select members of team’s coaching staff.

for what it’s worth, i was told told, omar, jerry and his coaches all met in a similar manner, ‘to talk baseball,’ a few weeks ago in Citi Field…

Following the meeting, Wilpon exlained to reporters:

“I didn’t come here to fire anybody, guys.  I’m sorry, but that’s not what we’re doing.  I came to talk baseball with them, okay, and hear what they want to do and how they want to get this moving in the right direction… Jerry and Omar both know what’s expected and they’re both working at it… We’re 38 games into the season.  If I was going to make a change this quick, I should have made it last year, and we didn’t do that.  So we’re working towards getting this thing right.”

…meetings are important, but pitching is more important

…sure, wilpon is in atlanta, meeting with management, etc… but, most important, Mike Pelfrey pitched a tremendous game, he used all of his pitches well, and he and Rod Barajas, both of whom were unaware the meeting even happened, had a terrific game plan and the team won… for all of jeff’s influence, he can’t pitch like pelfrey…

…at the end of the day, these guys can have all the meetings in the world, but it’s going to come down to who is on the mound, and who is pitching well… and, hopefully, pitching, and how to get more of it, and not threats, jobs or demands, is what was discussed

To see video of Wilpon talking to reporters, courtesy of ESPN New York, click here.