PORT ST. LUCIE – Mets players can thank their manager for making a subtle change at spring training that’s going a long way.
Mickey Callaway took the advice of Mets camp coordinator Rich Donnelly, former Seattle Mariners third base coach, and made the decision to blare music at the First Data Field grounds during workouts.
In years past, silence was favored at Mets camp, likely so teammates can communicate better and hear their coaches directing workouts. This season, it’s only quiet for an hour or so during player drills before live batting practice begins. Pitchers toe the rubber, batters dig in and the tracks begin.
“It brings some energy, it brings some liveliness and it gets guys in a rhythm out there,” Callaway said. “We wanted to make sure that the players were OK with it. And they love it.”
More than a handful of players were moving their hips and bobbing their heads to the beat of the music during the first couple days of full squad workouts. The playlist was created by the entertainment group at Citi Field. A ton of the anthems were recognizable as the songs they use in Flushing – ranging from country artists Dan & Shay to hip-hop guru Drake.
Callaway said part of the decision to bring music to First Data Field was for the hundreds of fans lining the fence and watching the Mets workout in the early days of spring training. He said it’s important the fans also have fun and bring positive energy to the club.
The addition of melody is just another culture change for the 2019 Mets. The staff held a team meeting Monday and preached general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s mantra of winning now and winning often.
We don’t yet know if the Mets will muscle their way into postseason contention, but if they do, they can revel in the fact that they danced their way into October.
Starter set for spring opener
Callaway said right-hander Walker Lockett will start game one against the Braves. Then, the team will roll right into their rotation with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler opening the first few games of the spring.
“This will be the only second game (deGrom) is going to start,” Callaway quipped.
Mets schedule simulation game for Friday
Instead of a traditional scrimmage, New York will focus on situational hitting and drills on its last day of workouts before the spring schedule kicks off. Callaway said they will use a pitching machine where needed, which is something new for the Mets.
“We're going to put runners where we want to at the time, and have hitters get them over and get them in,” Callaway said. “We'll have pitchers in the dugout cheering them on, to be on the field together as a team ... We're going to have the batters hitting off the machine, take a swing, put it in play, run to first at 70 percent. Start getting them used to doing things they're going to have to do the next day.”
Players react to Manny’s money
Top free agent Machado reportedly signed a deal on Tuesday with San Diego for $300 million over 10 years, though it hasn’t been made official yet. Robinson Cano and Todd Frazier, who has recently criticized MLB for moving so slow, reacted to the deal.
"He deserves to get paid,” Cano said. “That's what you want. Guys that work hard. I'm happy for him.”
“It's a good step forward for baseball, good step for him,” Frazier said. “He deserved it. But we still have a long way to go. I don't think it negates anything. It's nice, it just took a little too long."
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