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Wally Backman challenged Noah Syndergaard to be more aggressive

Team officials were disappointed in Noah Syndergaard‘s approach on the mound during his first two starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, writes reporter Mike Puma (NY Post, Apr. 18).

“Backman told him to be more aggressive and asked him who he wants to become,” a person with knowledge of the conversation told Puma. “Does he want to become a middle-of-the-road starter or top-of-the-line starter?”

Syndergaard pitched five innings and allowed two runs on five hits Monday, improving to 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts in Triple-A this season.

This past off season, Syndergaard was named the league’s third-best right-handed pitching prospect on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospect List.

He is expected to stay with Triple-A Las Vegas until June.




28 comments
Russ Sullivan
Russ Sullivan

I really hope he doesn't end up becoming the mets coach.

hashburry
hashburry

This sounds exactly like Harvey and Wheeler.  These big time prospects get pumped up by the mets, and then have to go to no man's land to pitch until they are not a Super 2.  They are disappointed with being in Vegas and couldn't care less about proving anything while they are there.

ponzies86
ponzies86

You guy are clueless, Wally should be the Manager the guy has guts unlike Mr Softy terry

chasesimms
chasesimms

I wonder if Syndergaard told Wally that he wants to become a "middle-of-the-road starter"?

Doubleday
Doubleday

Wally:  "Be more aggressive."

Terry:  "We have to see what he's capable of."

Which one is the manager?

hankypanky
hankypanky

Wow. Just think, if TC spoke to the kid that way, the haters would be all over him for messing with the pitcher's head. btw, has anyone noticed the long lines waiting to interview Backman for a job? Just asking.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

Love wally... He doesn't sugar coat anything.. not like someone else above him

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

I also wonder how much of an effect pitching in Las Vegas has on Snydergaard.

MMIAA
MMIAA

reminds me of a story and im sure I don't have all the specifics. same thing happened with Doc but in the pros. Mel went out to the mound and asked him what his problem was. Told him to throw the next pitchy at the batter and hit em. Doc said cant do that Mel said then you are coming out of the game. Guy got plunked.

7up17_2go
7up17_2go

Wally should have said...  Do you want to be Mike Pelfrey or Matt Harvey??

Ben
Ben

@hankypanky Agree with him or not the fact is he gets his teams to win! That IS the ultimate goal right?

hankypanky
hankypanky

Sorry, but that was never Stottelmeyer's style. He had come up through the Yankee system before there was a crazed head-case who beaned Piazza.

Shawn Sparks
Shawn Sparks

@Anthony FioreBecause ownership wants a vanilla, white-bread team with little aggression and few distinguishing characteristics. Wally Backman managing their big-league squad is their worst nightmare.

Remember that whole  discussion a few years back about the team lacking an "edge?"  It's true, and it's by design.  Ownership is much more embarrassed by Matt Harvey asking to rehab in New York than they are by not making the playoffs the past 7 years.

sylow59
sylow59

Probably the same reason he's not managing for any other team.

Nell Dar
Nell Dar

Exactly. Where's the rest if the story?

tierlifer
tierlifer

@hankypanky  Could not agree more. I saw enough of him as the BMets manager to never want to see him manage in the bigs.  

Shawn Sparks
Shawn Sparks

@Ben @hankypanky Unfortunately, current Mets ownership has a number of goals that rank higher than winning.  Off the top of my head, there's saving money, developing real estate, and avoiding any player who might actually do something to attract attention to himself.

tierlifer
tierlifer

@sylow59  He didn't even sniff an interview from any club with a vacancy.  Hmmmm....but he's an '86 Mets and gritty and in your face. 

Shawn Sparks
Shawn Sparks

@Crazy Eddie @Shawn Sparks@Ben@hankypankyObviously, he hasn't got another crack at managing an MLB club, but saying no one else will employ him is a huge assumption. All we know for sure is that he hasn't been offered a job he'd like better than being a AAA manager.

Here's the deal.  The Mets know him well enough to want him on their side. They LOVE what he does in terms of teaching the game and getting the most out of his players...so long as he's doing it somewhere out of sight and isn't shaking up their Ebbet's Field snow-globe of a world.