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Teammates shocked, upset about d’Arnaud’s demotion

Mets C prospect Travis d’Arnaud was not happy about being demoted to Triple-A this past weekend, according to beat reporter Kristie Ackert (Daily News, June 9).

“D’Arnaud was visibly upset after getting the news, as were some of his teammates,” Ackert says. “There was a steady stream of pitchers that made their way over to his locker to quietly talk to him, pat him on the shoulder and try to raise his spirits.”

D’Arnaud had been hitting .180 in 39 games this season. He was 3-for-26 since returning from the disabled list with a concussion. He hit .202 in 31 games for the Mets last year.

“Just go figure it out, it’s hard to do here,” Terry Collins said he told d’Arnaud before he left for Triple-A Las Vegas. “As hard as you are working, as bright as your future is, it’s hard to get it going here.”




170 comments
artie412
artie412

Is TDA shocked because the Mets USUALLY don't demote guys who aren't hitting their weight?.

John P. Herling
John P. Herling

The headline notwithstanding, I don't think that anyone in the universe is shocked that D'Arnaud, who has accomplished next to nothing this year, has been sent down.  The only surprise is that it didn't happen a month ago,

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

Sending him down was the right move...he needs to take this demotion in a positive way and earn his return back to the majors.  I'm a supporter of TRAVIS but this had to be done.  The only right move, aside from the VALVERDE firing, by this managerial team.

Amos W Fitz
Amos W Fitz

Difficult to be a Mets fan... it sucks... it feels like trash...

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

Prediction: TDA heads out to Vegas and starts raking. Wally says he is helping him figure some things out, calls for firing Terry Collins and bringing up Backman grow to a load roar. It becomes the latest back page distraction for this club as Sandy keeps Collins in the dugout.

Rich
Rich

I blame Wright!  If he hit at all in the clutch this year no one would be worry about this kid.

Steve Chiarella
Steve Chiarella

in all fairness there wasnt a rival team scout or exec, that said this kid wasnt the real deal, it isnt the MetsBlog, that annointed travis the num 1 catchin prospect in baseball

Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

Let's see we have billy bean running his team with peanuts and aldersons. With 88 million I thought alderson was the guy who new how to money ball

hankypanky
hankypanky

Good. I'm somebody is shocked. HE'S HITTING .180

FOR PETE'S SAKE.

monstah
monstah

Suck it up, Travis. Be a man. This is the big leagues. Mantle got sent down in his early career. You were hitting .180 and there was NO signs of improvement. You actually looked worse with every new at bat. Work hard, hit some and you'll be back. Oh and while you are down there, work on your catching. Hell, in my line of work, if I was doing the equivalent of what Travis was, I would be fired and on the street.

72tilltc
72tilltc

Has anyone noticed Terry answers every post game question by repeating the questioners name KEV ADAM ED or MIKE. He also says "we have been talking about this(insert problem) or Every team is talking about(insert problem) This Isn't the (insert player) we know.

72tilltc
72tilltc

Maybe the hunting strikes isn't a good plan?

kefhrny17
kefhrny17

I'm surprised it took this long.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

This reminds me of the quote they gave earlier that Wally knows how to figure it out...meanwhile Terry is telling the player to figure it out.  TdA has been terrible at the plate, sure, but it makes you really question the coaching.  What if he goes down and starts hitting, they bring him up and he sucks again...is it the player?  coach?  I don't know...just get rid of Terry, please.

Metsnow
Metsnow

I like the kid and hopefully he will turn it around. He definitely needs the time in AAA to figure out what he is doing wrong. The Mets gave him plenty of time to fix it here. He will be fine and hopefully back in a month or so

Dan D'Addio
Dan D'Addio

But if you bring Wally up, Travis wouldn't have to go down. You have your bush league manager here. ;)

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

He looks terrible st the plate. I have no confidence in him being able to hit a line drive. Like really care he's upset? Hit the freakin baseball and you can come back to the team. he also does a lousy interview

Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith

While he's good behind the dish , he can't buy a hit , and for a team that can't hit , this can't be tolerated. Now if these were the 06 Mets it would be ok  , but these are the 14 Mets.

Leif Granlind
Leif Granlind

"Oh man... You were tearing it up here in the Majors, you weren't at all the worst catcher in the modern era... How could they send you down?"

Michael Vincent DiPaula
Michael Vincent DiPaula

By the looks of it TC really gave him a good pep talk before he left. I know these players are adults but would it have hurt any by giving TdA a little encouragement before he left instead of saying you have hit at all levels but its tuff up here go figure it out.

John Vastola
John Vastola

The bad hitters pop everything up and the good hitters hit line drives.

ctsteve
ctsteve

Looks like d'Arnaud put too much faith in those press releases that touted him as a catching and hitting phenom.  The send-down should have occurred earlier.  He was just not getting the job done.  As for his pouting teammates...they better consider who might be next to go back to the minors.  There is a long list of contenders...including the manager.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

I can see how pitchers would be upset since they have a comfort level with the guy & now have to deal with Recker (who seems okay but still only plays occasionally) and some rookie they aren't familiar with. But, given his hitting struggles, the core reason to be "shocked" here is that the team actually did something 1/2 way serious to deal with the problems here. Maybe if they do something else, like get rid of C. Young or (ha ha) get a real bat or SS, they would understand things better. 

Sal
Sal

Why do we always hear about players being upset and shocked when a player who isn't performing is demoted, or a hitting coach on a team that can't hit is fired?


No one ever expresses how upset or shocked they are when 3 guys in their lineup are hitting around .200 or less, or when the team gets swept by the Cubs.

Rob Davis
Rob Davis

i say demote the moron GM or wait fire his ass

Steven M. Harries
Steven M. Harries

Travis d’Arnaud is as good of a prospect as Lastings Milledge was - if your favorite prospectus is Baseball Midget Prospectus.


Dude may have been promising years ago when the Sillies drafted him, but he looks like a single-A player with less mad skills than Lenny Dykstra hiring a housecleaner.

Harley Alderson
Harley Alderson

dont bring him back up till at least august  he needs to stay away from ny as long as possible and get his  swing back. this kid is a great hitter he didnt get enough seasoning in triple a. the same mistake they made with thole they didnt let him stay down long enough. 

queva
queva

You big cry babies on the Mets don't want to be demoted? Then hit the freaking ball! That's it!

Doubleday
Doubleday

After a while, losing becomes a culture.  I am a big fan of TDA and the potential he's shown in the minors, but anyone in the clubhouse who is upset or shocked that a struggling young player got sent down needs to get on the next bus to Las Vegas or Binghamton, or consider an alternative career as an insurance salesman.   This is not the little league - not everyone is going to get a trophy.  That little league mentality comes from the manager.  He sets the tone.

Meanwhile,  here is where Sandy Alderson was an absolute moron; a crusher of young spirit:  Have any of you ever read about concussions?  They can affect you for weeks, months, or longer depending on the injury.  TDA was back in 15 days.  I know a thing or two about concussions, and I promise you that TDA isn't 100%.  So when he comes back and looks like he can't even focus his thoughts at the plate, put the kid back on the DL, send him for a few tests, then send him to the minors on a rehab assignment.  But to crush the kid with an outright demotion was unnecessary.  At very least they could have said to the media, "Travis is our catcher - we feel he came back a little too fast from that concussion, and we want to give him time to get his game back."  

Mikey Joe
Mikey Joe

@Rich spot on ... D. Wright is Mr. Non-Clutch...and it is tiresome.  I concur with Paul Lo Duca ... the Mets should have partied ways with Wright; he is a good player, but by no means a foundational leader on which to build a winning team...

Mikey Joe
Mikey Joe

@Frank Accardi "Money ball" simply doesn't work...and I wish folks would stop deluding themselves...it is my hope that the money ball concept is relegated to the dustbin of history

TOM
TOM

@monstah  Mantle? This isn't 1951. Your comment could go for the whole team. They can't hit their weight. In your line of work you'd be fired? What mlb team do you play for?












jenkins
jenkins

@Joe Paulson Although Teagarden can't hit either, he is an excellent defensive catcher and knows how to call a game. The pitchers will like the upgrade.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

@Doubleday  put it any which way you want...the kid needed the demotion...this sugar coating is for the birds, he sucked big time, couldn't hit a lick...all that equals to DEMOTION! The question is when are we going to let CY go?  That's the most pressing issue right now...tired of watching this guy spoil rallies. 

jenkins
jenkins

@72tilltc @Darrell Smith darned would have been REALLY upset if they sent him to Double A, which is where he should have gone. He can't hit and can't catch.


Has shown nothing at all to make anyone think he is anything but  a bust at this level.


he's upset...

JoMama
JoMama

@Eric Koeller @Rob Davis And he still doesn't understand $ or how to run a ball club. What's that say about the Ivy League? (newsflash: the smartest don't always end up there, it's the best connected)

Leif Granlind
Leif Granlind

Yeah, could maybe be considered if Teagarden, Recker, Plawecki and Centeno all goes down and Thole couldn't be traded for.