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Mets veterans held a “hitters-only” meeting prior to Wednesday’s game

By Matt Agosta
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Yoenis Cespedes
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Yoenis Cespedes /

The New York Mets have had a disappointing season, to put things in the nicest way possible

Currently sitting at 16 games below the .500 mark, the club is near the basement of the National League. Veterans on the team have now been taking matters into their own hands, calling for a “hitters-only” meeting.

As Newsday’s David Lennon tweeted, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera led such a meeting prior to Wednesdays tilt with Arizona. The vets went in “with goal of snapping Mets out of funk.”

Lennon also reported that the team’s motivation for the remainder of the season is playing hard for the fans that come out and pay money to see them game in and game out.

Since the All-Star break, the Mets are 16-25.

Cespedes made sure that he made it clear to the younger guys that they are still ways for them to contribute. After all, they are what gives the fans hope for the future.

In my opinion, leading in this meeting shows such leadership in Reyes, Cabrera and Cespedes.

Say what you will about Reyes not being a team guy and yes, he does have his moments, but this is exactly what veterans are here to do. Veterans are meant to lead by example and show the younger guys what it means to represent your team, even when the season is all but over.

Especially now that the team has traded away clubhouse leaders such as Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda, its great to see the remaining veterans are stepping up and taking charge of the locker room.

Another positive effect of this was that the team seemed to have responded well to this meeting. By going out and defeating the D-backs 4-2 that night, it shows that the attendees were all ears, even though it is way too late for any sort of season turnaround.

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However, if there was one thing I could change, it would be that this meeting came earlier in the year.