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Mets win, when it comes to injuries

By Charles Zinkowski
Apr 22, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is looked at by first base coach Tom Goodwin (22) and manager Terry Collins (10) and trainer Ray Ramirez against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is looked at by first base coach Tom Goodwin (22) and manager Terry Collins (10) and trainer Ray Ramirez against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mets spot starter Robert Gsellman took the mound yesterday in Miami against the Marlins and true to form with how this season has gone, Gsellman got injured

After riding a three-game winning streak, the Mets lost the game 6-3.

As of this post, it seems as if Gsellman pulled a hamstring and will be added to the growing disabled list, which hasn’t helped in finding wins this season.

But this latest injury causes a larger question — is the training staff to blame for all the injuries this season?

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Ray Ramirez has been the head trainer of the New York Mets since November of 2004.

2004, you read that right.

Ramirez is probably one heck of a guy, someone you would want to go to a bar and have a beer with or someone who would be there for you when your car breaks down.

But is Ramirez the right guy for the job in an era where players are stronger and faster than a decade ago, where nutrition and diet have become paramount?

Not including Gsellman, Spotrac.com data shows the Mets have or had 16 players on the DL this season with all sorts of injuries: arm, wrist, back, hamstring.

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Those 16 different Mets players have missed a combined 582 days so far this season — and David Wright, Tommy Milone, Jeurys Familia and Noah Syndergaard are all on the 60-day DL with unknown timetables for returns.

This is not breaking news but the team can’t win games if they can’t keep their players on the field.
So once again, we are back to the Ramirez question. Is it time for a change?

A quick scan of the 2017 National League East disabled list shows it’s one area that Mets are winning in (and not in a good way). The Mets’ 16 players on the DL are more than Washington (10), Philadelphia (10), Miami (12) and Atlanta (12).

This is not an honor the Mets want.

Only two of the Nationals star players have missed any significant time this season in Jayson Werth and Adam Eaton.

Compare that to the fact that the team still doesn’t have their closer (Familia), ace pitcher (Syndergaard), starting second baseman (Walker), or their captain (Wright), to name just a few.

It shouldn’t be a coincidence that the Nationals are in first place because they keep their players on the field.

In 2016, the Mets had 17 players on the disabled list. In 2015, they had 21 players on the disabled list. Those are full year totals — sickening as they are.

The Mets are up to 16 different players already on the DL this season and we are not even at the All-Star break yet.

These types of nauseating numbers are not only making the players sick, but fans as well.

The definition of insanity they say is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

The players are breaking down again and again, and we are expecting a different result with the same training staff?

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The numbers don’t lie. But until those numbers do lie, the ice packs and heat wraps will be at the ready.

Do you think it’s time for the Mets to bring in some fresh perspective to the training staff? Email me at charlesz1972@yahoo.com or hit me up on Twitter @zito1972 and tell me what you think.

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