Travis d'Arnaud whiffs 1

Travis d’Arnaud says struggles were mental, focused on 100 things

In the 11 games since being demoted to Triple-A, Travis d’Arnaud is hitting .432 with six HR and 15 RBI.

He was hitting .180 with three HR and nine RBI in 39 games with the Mets.

“It was all mental,” d’Arnaud said of his struggles in New York (Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 18).

He said, in Vegas, he’s approaching every at bat like it’s his last, while not thinking about “a hundred different things.”

“I kind of went away from that (in the majors),” he concluded.

D’Arnaud may be back with the Mets by the middle of next week, when the team faces the A’s at Citi Field, an organization source said (ESPN, June 19).


If d’Arnaud is promoted after June 27 (20 days after he was demoted) he will be out of minor league options, i.e., able to be sent to the minors without having to first pass through waivers. If he’s promoted before June 27, he will retain the option, meaning he can be sent down again.




197 comments
Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Get him up here asap, Recker is terrible with zero upside and its sink or swim for TDA at the big boy level

semperfi
semperfi

Travis should have been up in time for the weekend, the skill is there, the confidence and mental approach were not but now it is, every aspect of his hitting has improved, power, avg, obp,no need to keep him there any longer, he has done what he needed to do.I would like to see him  batting him 2nd like they did with LoDuca which is who I believe he can be most like at the MLB level slide Murphy, Wright and Granderson to 3,4,5, with Lagares, Duda and Flores hitting 6,7,and 8th

hankypanky
hankypanky

From d'Arnaud's lips to Gos's ears. Not all prospects are equal, and whether or not he has the mental toughness remains to be seen.

nhmetsfan
nhmetsfan

Why not Backman other than interpersonal problems between him and Mets management

-Mets are playing terribly

- Poor defense

-Poor situational hitting

-Bullpen isn't particularly effective

-style of play is failing, they need to generate runs by being aggressive with small ball 


You could argue that the performance of the offense isn't amenable to manager's control, but lousy fundamentals and a lousy record are reasons to change.


Also, if the Mets organization has a hitting philosophy(hunting for strikes), they should bury that philosophy under the ocean since their offense has consistently failed miserably.


Backman is aggressive , was a hustler, (small ball) , AND the team needs a change. This isn't an isolated slump.

jenkins
jenkins

Yeah, it was all mental. Unfortunately for him, you have to be mentally tough to play in the ML, and especially in NYC.


His play was uncommonly amateurish. He'll have to prove he can play now. No free passes.

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

"In the 11 games since being demoted to Triple-A, Travis d’Arnaud is hitting .432 with six HR and 15 RBI."


This is good news.  I can't help but wonder if the overcomplicated "hitting philosophy" of the NY Mets was his problem....  Just a thought.  

jamets
jamets

Pretty sure Wally is going to be let go after this season.  It will be interesting to see if he can even land another job managing in the minor leagues.  It will certainly settle any debate about how what the rest of the league thinks of him.

dooley
dooley

Tejada probably isn't being played for trade bait; he would be a downgrade to every other team in baseball (unless he would be a utility IF). Even Evereth Cabrera is arguably an upgrade over Tejada

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

What the Flores - Tejada fiasco teaches us is that a player's approval by management has absolutely nothing to do with on field performance.  Based upon nothing they decide who they like or don't like a guy.  It's an amazing thing.  Some underperforming stiffs will be kept around for years for some inexplicable reason, other guys who show promise are never given a chance. Then they wonder why they're chronic losers.

jonlga
jonlga

Ok, I'm looking for a legitimate answer....

Why, if Backman is in such demand, has no other team hired him? It seems that he'd be in demand.

We bid against ourselves in the past for players and regretted it. Why is the lack of interest by another club not a concern?

hankypanky
hankypanky

Gosh, the Mets will have to stand in back of that long line trying to break down Backman's door to steal him away. What's that? There is no long line? Well, there's been one on this blog for years.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Mark your words? Major League Baseball has a long history of coaches and managers who couldn't hit as players and an equally long history of coaches and managers who were great hitters but who were terrible at coaching. What sport have you been watching?

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

@Joe Wenzel Hard to understand how TC could not have seen this and helped him. When he is back, I would like to see them move him up as well to get better pitches to hit. I actually kind of liked Keith's comments that had TDA batting 2, moving Murph to 3, DW 4, Grandy 5, Lagares 6 and  Duda/Campbell(?) 7th.  Or switch Juan and TDA as both should get better pitches.

Peter Nagy
Peter Nagy

@Marc Singleton Or could it be Wally Backman, working his magic vs. Collins mundane, insane approach ...


If Collins was coaching the AAA team, they would be in last place and the players would be blamed, "If we only had better players"... Bull poop, Collins couldn't manage a little league team to victory over a course of a season.

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@Marc Singleton It is the mixed message of hunting strikes. When Lagares was hitting lead off he had 2 doubles his first game and Terry complained that he didnt work the count and the rest of the guys couldn't get a read. By that logic let the worst hitter lead-off and take pitches.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@Marc Singleton It isn't that complicated - it just sounds complicated when a non-baseball player tries to explain it.  The hitters aren't confused y the philosophy, they are confused by the messengers.  A ballplayer would say, "Be selective.  Wait for your pitch and when you see it, attack the ball in the zone."  But when you start talking "hunting" and explain it with pie charts and graphs, it makes no sense.

jamets
jamets

@Marc Singleton The Mets hitting philosophy isn't the least bit complicated, except on Metsblog.  I'm sure it could be an adjustment for some players, but d'Arnaud has always hit exactly the way the Mets want everyone to hit.  He was using the approach they teach before they were. 

jamets
jamets

@dooley  Nothing arguable about it - Cabrera is a much better player than Tejada.  Wasn't he an all-star last year?

jamets
jamets

@Macacawitz  What makes you think it's based on nothing?  Flores has been in the Mets system for what, 7 years now? Pretty sure they have plenty of information to base their opinions on.  It would be more accurate to say that YOU don't know enough to form an opinion on Flores because YOU didn't watch him play in the minors all those years.  The front office did.

jenkins
jenkins

@jonlga yeah, and everyone in baseball thought Randolph would be a good manager. Great stunt of the game, great character, great baseball man...


Except he sukked as a manager. 


don't really care what the rest of baseball thinks. The "organization guys" normally sukk.

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@jonlga Only a fool would be worried about why no one likes me. wally was picked by Arizona how many teams have shown an interest in Terry at any level?

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@jonlga “Wally Backman is one of the best baseball guys you can be around,” Collins said. “He knows how to win; he knows all about it. That has been his whole life.”

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@jonlga Reed praised Backman’s communication skills.


“I played every day for him, but he would let me know ahead of time if I wasn’t in there,” said Reed, who is now with the Toronto Blue Jays. “You could just have conversations. He’d call me into his office and ask me if there was anything I felt like I needed to do differently, if I needed a day off. Just the communication was very solid. You just don’t get that at a lower level. You get that a little more at the big league level because I think guys kind of know their role a little more. At the minor league level, you don’t really get that, because for the most part they have their guys they have to play. But he found a way to get every guy in there regardless of what their situation was. To be honest -- and I’m not a pitcher -- I think it was the best I’ve ever seen a minor league manager run a bullpen.” 

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@jonlga Said ex-Met Jeremy Reed, who played for Backman at Double-A Birmingham in ’03, in the Chicago White Sox’s system: “He’s definitely the best manager that I’ve had throughout the minor leagues. He puts people in situations to succeed. He’s a fiery guy, a hard-working guy and a guy that when you play for him, you want to succeed so much because of the way he goes about his business every day. Every day we had to work tremendously hard to get better before the game. And then after the game, if things kind of didn’t go our way, he was still the same way and still respected the player. He didn’t bash the player. Sometimes you get a cold shoulder from a manager. He was the same every day, and it was fun to go to the park every day.” 

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@jonlga “He’s one of my all-time favorite managers… He really cares about the game.  He really cares about his players. And he cares about winning.  Wally, I know he’s been through some tough times, but he is seriously one of the best guys I’ve ever met in baseball. He helped me out a ton… Obviously he’s very passionate with protecting his players… I’ll tell you what, if you play for Wally Backman, you’re going to be able to run through a brick wall, because we have the same emotions toward him as he has toward us.  I mean, I would have run through a brick wall for him.  Everybody is playing hard – I think playing above their ability – when they play for a guy like that… He’s old school. That’s who he is… He’s Wally.”

Dan Uggla, on Wally Backman, as quoted by Adam of ESPN

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@jonlga He was hired by the Arizona D'backs Ten Years Ago, and only canned b/c he did not fully disclose some personal issues that have nothing to do with his ability to manage a baseball team... and it seems he has been blackballed ever since

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

@jonlga  They won't hire him because they are afraid, unjustly, he'll be another Ozzie Guillen, not because of his baseball acumen.

jamets
jamets

@Eric Hack @jamets Nor should they.  He's a below average baseball player who has had a great 1/2 a season.

dooley
dooley

This year he isn't doing very well

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

Then why not trade him within that 7 year period?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@jamets @Macacawitz Well in that case release/trade/demote his arse now. Why waste time on players you have no confidence in?  Other teams move on, not the Mets.  I for one don't suffer from cognitive dissonance.  I hear what these lying liars tell me and I remember it.  This time last year he was being built up as a player the Mets thought highly of.  All of a sudden he's a stiff.  Or maybe he was a stiff then too, but they were just lying to us.  Still trying to figure that one out.

jonlga
jonlga

Is that necessary? I asked a question. Is that allowed?

jamets
jamets

@D @jonlga When guys like Reed and Uggla played for him 10-12 years ago, he was considered an up and coming manager.  Now, not so much.  He hasn't had a single interview with any team other than the Mets since he left AZ.  There is a reason for that.

Yes, there's some baggage in his past, but that can't explain the total lack of interest.  Part of it has to be his personality.  But I think part of it is also the way he manages.  Nearly every major league team now is focused on HR, OBP and taking pitches.  Sacrifices are out, running games have been marginalized, strikeouts are now acceptable, and the "scrappy" style of play that Wally was known for as a player is no longer popular.  Maybe things will change again and someone will give Wally a second chance.  But for now, it looks like his window has closed.

Ricky Gurbal
Ricky Gurbal

@D @jonlga first of all uggla is a marlin and brave get out of here haha and second hes batting like .220 just stop hes opinion means literally nothing

jonlga
jonlga

So no one wants him because of his past, but we're ok with that. Interesting.

I just see a lack of interest in him as a red flag.

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@Joe Wenzel @Eric Hack I was upset when Artie batted david Wright 7th as a rookie. I was thinking if this guy cant hit ahead of the bums on that team we have no future. Now i think if Terry was the manager he would have not let him play ahead of Ty Wiggington.

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@Joe Wenzel Joe you are a breath of fresh air. Knocking out a pitcher consisted of getting hits and runs now Terry and Sandy want to take pitches and draw walks to get a pitch count high in order to face a bullpen that has a fresh arm. It is a loser attitude. 

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@jamets @Eric Hack Silly me and i was jealous that we didnt get him instead of CY or Grandy. They are above average.

jamets
jamets

@Joe Wenzel @jamets @Macacawitz  And you apparently don't know anything about baseball or reading comprehension.  That's not even close to what I wrote to Macacawitz.

jamets
jamets

@Macacawitz @jamets  I don't believe this front office ever thought very highly of Flores.  He is one of Minaya's guys, not Sandy's.  He is also a low OBP guy, so not exactly what these guys typically look for.  I'm sure they have talked him up a little bit, just like they do every young player, but they have also been pretty consistent in saying that he doesn't have a position yet.  And I think that is still the problem.

jonlga
jonlga

That's all I'm asking. If no one else wants him then why do we?

jamets
jamets

@Eric Hack @jamets Don't feel bad, it's just that you don't know a lot about baseball.  Nobody is going to hold that against you, especially on this site.

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@jamets  They didnt think much of Lagares either. But they did like Ankiel, Marcum, Lyons and Torres so lets defer to Mets thinking.

jamets
jamets

@jonlga "We" don't.  There is probably 1% or less of Mets fans who want Wally to manage the Mets.  It just so happens they all post here.

Ricky Gurbal
Ricky Gurbal

@D @Ricky Gurbal @jonlga your finding quotes gassing up wally backman of course people are gonna speak nicely about him because hes a firey guy! but look at the facts...no one is asking for him and hasnt asked for him in awhile.....one day youll open your eyes...old man

jonlga
jonlga

That wasn't my question. I'm asking why Backman is so highly thought of on here but not by other teams.

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@Dr. Jonathan Reefer LOL, jonlga aka the poster formerly known as JLGA, has convinced me he is terry's grandkid

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@jamets I was feeling terrible as amet fan thinking That Grandy and CY were bad signings. Now i feel good they are good players and they fit the team Grandy has that right fielders arm like Clemente Vlad and Dave Parker he is a classic RF. Cy is speed power and avg. I think he is the second coming of Willie Mays no Eric Davis.

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@Ricky Gurbal @D @jonlga and FYI... you are incorrect about nobody asking for him... he made it to the final round of interviews when it came down to him and Terry Collins when Sandy was hired

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@Ricky Gurbal No one has even interviewed Terry after the Angels

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@Ricky Gurbal @D @jonlga Backman has more baseball knowledge in the pubic hair on his left nut than you ever will... but maybe one day you'll sprout your very own Pube

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

@jonlga  he's not thought of by other teams because they are afraid he is a loose cannon. It's not right. The guy knows how to manage and has paid his dues. He should be given his shot.

jamets
jamets

@Joe Wenzel @jamets @jonlga On this site?  I'm sure that's true.  That's the less than 1% of Mets fans I'm talking about.


I could be wrong, but I've never seen or heard any support for Wally outside of a handful of blogs.

Ricky Gurbal
Ricky Gurbal

@D @Ricky Gurbal @jonlga & what was the result? they rather take a dude that hasnt managed in close to 10 years and he had a meltdown..... wally lost to that? what does that make wally... and tc has been here for years.... wheres wally? minor leagues buddy facts are facts you can be upset all you want.

jonlga
jonlga

I agree. I love the guy. I still have my Backman jersey from 1986. I'm just, as I've said, concerned about us being alone in wanting him.

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

Let me ask you this: are you satisfied and content with Collins as the manager of this team?

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@Ricky Gurbal @D @jonlga The logic is flawed your proving value based on what Sandy did . That is like saying Abreu should not have been signed because Sandy knows better and had the knowledge of having Duda and Ike.

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@Ricky Gurbal @D @jonlga Lets be honest here... what is the Mets Front Office Batting Average when it comes to MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION??... to me, it makes total sense that they hired Terry over Wally

Ricky Gurbal
Ricky Gurbal

@D @Ricky Gurbal @jonlga i know you wanna relive your glory days as kid watching the mets in the 80s but this is 2014, reality is TC is the manager and front office hasnt even flinched on the thought of firing him so wally get comfy

Ricky Gurbal
Ricky Gurbal

@Ray Carattini Personally no, however i think its completely easy to blame him when he doesnt have the parts to put a winning lineup out there every night, Changing the manager while it may cause a spark especially with wally i dont think its the solution, we need players they play hard for TC and he doesnt always make the right decisions but thats baseball and especially baseball in ny you get scrutinized for every mistake you make. Lets fix the team get a quality product on the field and if they are not playing up to par and need a spark then send up wally! i have no problem with wally managing the team its just ignorant to think thats the solution for this team! 

Ricky Gurbal
Ricky Gurbal

@D @Ricky Gurbal @jonlga typical looking at all the bad moves what about getting d arnaud synderguard harvey.... picking up marlon byrd picking up abreu they have made mistakes im not saying that! but hes making wine out of water with these scrap heep pick up and trades

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

I can't say that I disagree with you in theory and I see your point, it's a valid one. ....but sadly, Collins has not been able to maximize on the strengths of his players, regardless of how bad they are. Not saying that Wally would make Chris Young a .300 hitter, don't get me wrong. But he wouldn't stand forhim lollygagging on the field or at the plate. Its the all around vibe of this team that needs change, and Collins just doesn't know how to do that. His in game management is terrible and I can see it rubbing off on the players.

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@Ricky Gurbal @D @jonlga Do you know who even got Harvey? Abreu darnohit are good? speak to me when they make the club and produce a win.

Ricky Gurbal
Ricky Gurbal

@Ray Carattini well can i ask you then whats up with lagares? who knew he would be this good? no body not even wally thought hed be an offensive bat we always knew he had amazing glove but the bat was much more behind, so would it be so far fetched to think collins brought out the player in lagares? its very easy to say what he isnt doing, but honestly man we have a AAA lineup other than grandy and wright and we are withing striking distance of the nl east.... im not saying hes the best manager i just think its the new york effect to pinpoint and pick on everything they do bad... fix the lineup if they dont perform we can definitely say its all on TC

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

Lagares had to force Collins hand, otherwise EYJ would have gotten the bulk of Lagares' playing time. Let's not kid ourselves.