Earlier today, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon held a sit-down with GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Mickey Callaway, according to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The ninety-minute session was conceived of in hopes of preventing a second-straight early-season collapse.
Things are off to a promising start tonight, as the club is pouring it on early against the Marlins. That’s likely happenstance, though it’s always nice to see a response after such a moment. The Mets entered play today at 17-20, a particularly disappointing mark considering the club’s 9-4 open to the year.
It’s not entirely clear what was actually discussed in the meeting. Sherman says that Wilpon delivered the message that “the current play is unacceptable and that the need [sic] finding remedies is critical.” Callaway was reportedly encouraged “to apply whatever means he thought workable to improve the results,” though it’s not really evident whether any specific concepts will be put into action.
Notably, Sherman writes that Wilpon never threatened Callaway’s job or set any strict performance demands. The organization would obviously rather not drop Callaway in the middle of his second season at the helm of the dugout. And with good reason: it’s hard to lay too much blame upon him for the fact that the team has limped to a -27 run differential that lags all but six other MLB teams. (Today’s onslaught seems likely to tip that back in a more favorable direction.) Though Callaway is safe for the moment, the meeting does seem to serve as notice that ownership is anxious to see things pointed back in the right direction.