The New York Mets might be the most skilled team in baseball at creating controversy. Take the latest news from Flushing, where the Mets have reportedly asked shortstop Amed Rosario to prep for potential outfield work. That, within itself, is perhaps questionable — there’s an argument to be made against creating room in the lineup for Adeiny Hechavarria — but it’s not scandalous.
Or, at least, it shouldn’t be. This being the Mets, Rosario and manager Mickey Callaway’s accounts of what’s going on (or when it started going on) differ in a noticeable and peculiar way.
Callaway said he approached Rosario on Saturday to begin the process:
Contrariwise, Rosario said he started shagging balls earlier in the week — on his own initiative:
It doesn’t matter which account is the truthful one. But these kinds of cracks in communication and messaging are as consistent with the Mets as they are bizarre. You could argue it’s about media exposure, yet the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox almost never seem to have these kinds of issues.
Think back to earlier in the year, when the Mets Edwin Diaz outside of the ninth inning. At the time, then-pitching coach Dave Eiland suggested those rules were not hard and fast — a departure from what Callaway and others had said. And hey, Eiland proved correct .
Need another example? Consider how the Mets instructed Dominic Smith that he needn’t play the outfield — only to change course within a few months.
Sometimes there are going to be communication breakdowns. That’s just baseball (and life) for you.
But the Mets seem to have this happen more frequently than anyone else — to the point where it’s noticeable and perhaps telltale about larger issues within the organization.