On Mets On the Air, host James Flippin took your calls to discuss everything going on down in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Robert Brender of SNY.tv looks at a pair of Mets bullpen fixtures, as he follows Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia in Port St. Lucie. Pitching coach Dan Warthen also checks in to talk about the pair…
Mets RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard spoke to the media on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie. Here are five things we learned from him…
1) Syndergaard said he learned how to become a pitcher more than a thrower last season, especially that he can’t rely on his fastball all the time.
2) He put a lot of pressure on himself last season, paying special attention to the Super 2 cutoff date. He said he eventually deleted Twitter from his phone to avoid the news reports and fan comments.
3) Syndergaard said he wasn’t ready for the major leagues last season and didn’t deserve the call up.
4) Still, he was disappointed to not get called up to the Mets in September, but will use that as motivation moving forward.
5) He really loved working with Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola last year, who helped him with his change-up, among other things.
NYT: Mets with lengthy rehab stays can get commemorative coin
A New York Mets player with a lengthy rehab stay in Port St. Lucie can earn a commemorative coin at the end of their program.
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Terry Collins spoke to the media on Wednesday and here’s what we learned from the Mets manager…
1) Dillon Gee will be the team’s sixth starter, not Noah Syndergaard. After that, he’ll see what happens, he said.
2) He wants to see similar determination out of Syndergaard that he got out of Matt Harvey.
3) John Mayberry Jr. provides the Mets with a lot of options — in the outfield, backup first base behind Lucas Duda and/or Michael Cuddyer and a righty off the bench.
4) Rule 5 draft pick LHP Sean Gilmartin will get a lot of work this spring and will get the chance to face lefty batters to see if he can get them out.
5) Rafael Montero will be looked at as both a starter and a reliever this spring.
Two people close to Mets manager Terry Collins suggested the 65-year-old could retire at the end of the 2015 season. But Collins refuted that claim that he would retire at year’s end, heading into the final year of his contract with the team (Rosenthal, Feb. 25).
“I’ve really enjoyed it here, had a great time,” Collins told Rosenthal. “I get up in the morning, and you better be ready for a challenge every day in New York City. It seems like there’s a fire you’ve got to put out, some place. You get ready for the day. You get ready to compete.”
Collins did say he doesn’t plan on managing until he’s 75.
“If we have a good year, I would love the opportunity to come back and do it again,” he said.
Collins turns 66 on May 27.
Many players are already praising the work and potential of the Mets new hitting coach, Kevin Long.
“I think the biggest thing he brings is a sense of confidence,” Curtis Granderson said.
Granderson worked with Long while on the Yankees, and turned out two All-Star seasons and a Silver Slugger award. Granderson hit career high home run totals of 41 and 43 in 2011 and 2012, respectively, under Long.
David Wright said he was in contact with Long during the interview process, before the hitting coach signed on with the team. Long wanted to know all about the Mets players from Wright, the team captain said.
Long feels the Mets can have the type of offense they’re looking for as long as everyone stays healthy and delivers near-peak performance, he recently told Daily News reporter John Harper (MetsBlog, Jan. 23).
“I feel pretty good about our offense,” Long said. “We’re going to have to push them to their limits. They’re going to have to perform – if not at their peak level – close to their peak level. They’re will be things I try to do that they’re uncomfortable with. … We’ll work together and, at the end of the day, if we keep on the field, get them to their peak performance or close to it, I think we can be right where we need to be.”
Mets position players will have their physicals on Wednesday while the pitchers have a light work day.
The team’s first full-squad workout is scheduled for Thursday.
In case you missed it…
Lucas Duda has been dealing with a left oblique issue but is expected to start swinging a bat in two or three days >> Read more
Curtis Granderson is not concerned with where he’ll hit in the lineup >> Read more
Terry Collins is unsure if Rafael Montero can crack the 25-man roster >> Read more
Steve Gelbs has five observations from early in camp >> Read more
Robert Brender of SNY.tv spends the day with Travis d’Arnaud, shadowing the Mets catcher throughout camp in Port St. Lucie…
Steve Gelbs, Mets Field Reporter:
I arrived in Port St. Lucie last Tuesday night and with one week in the books, here are a few of my personal observations from Mets camp:
Good Vibes: I’m not breaking any news here, but the Mets have raised expectations for 2015. The players are talking about it, the manager is talking about it, the front office is talking about it and you don’t get the sense that this is just lip service. There is a distinctly different vibe to this spring than there was to last year’s. Everyone believes this team can be — and will be — a winner. Now, they just have to go out and prove it. As The Captain said on Sunday, “Talk is cheap.”