Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen saves a baseball, throws a chair
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets continued to unravel behind the scenes. After their loss on Friday, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen reportedly threw a chair in a meeting with the coaches.
Are the New York Mets a baseball team or the cast of a Leslie Nielsen movie? This weekend, we learned general manager Brodie Van Wagenen did not take kindly to yet another bullpen implosion on Friday night following a solid performance from Jacob deGrom.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, after the game, Van Wagenen met with the coaching staff where he ripped into them. Much like the final fight between my parents before their divorce, it included a chair being thrown by the Mets’ general manager.
The 2019 season has been unkind to Van Wagenen. Publicly, he has remained steadfast in his confidence. However, he makes about as many public appearances as Punxsutawney Phil. Van Wagenen has not made himself available to reporters as often as he did in the offseason. Instead, choosing to hide from the mess he helped create.
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I do find it interesting that Van Wagenen chose this game to toss a chair. Let’s not forget which members of the Mets bullpen melted down. First, it was Edwin Diaz—the star closer he sold the farm for and took on the Robinson Cano contract to acquire. Diaz didn’t just hand over the lead to the Philadelphia Phillies; he made it nearly impossible to come back.
Next up, Jeurys Familia threw some fuel on the fire with another bad performance of his own. Familia received one of the largest contracts this past offseason for a relief pitcher. His return to the Mets in 2019 has been about as horrific as one could imagine.
Many awful nights in 2019 link directly back to decisions made by BVW this winter. Whether it’s the bullpen he assembled, the ex-clients he brought in, or the off-field controversies like this chair-throwing incident, all arrows lead back to the general manager.
It’s laughable at this point. When the Mets hired an agent to become the general manager, they were taking a major risk. The payoff has been a lost season of continued false hope sold to the fans.
The fact that this incident leaked out to the press shows there are some big cracks in management. Van Wagenen is definitely not the first in baseball to summon his inner Bobby Knight. For this information to slip out less than 24 hours after it happened means someone is refusing to hold back on making Van Wagenen look credible.
We can pull out our hair and scream and shout. More chairs will be thrown in the meantime. The Mets are spiraling out of control right now and the New York media doesn’t seem too keen on holding back either.
Unbelievably, just days earlier, Van Wagenen was sitting with the 7-Line taking selfies in the stands. Now he’s tossing furniture like he’s setting up for a spot in a TLC match at a WWE PPV.
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