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This Week in Mets Quotes: Jeff Wilpon urges Callaway to manage better, Mickey says deGrom is back

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Lots of interesting, funny, idiotic, and insightful things were said by the Mets—and about them—recently. Here are some of our favorites.

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Jeff Wilpon actually believes that holding a meeting to “[urge] Callaway to learn from the team’s mediocre 77-85 record in 2018 to ensure mistakes are not repeated this year” is an effective action as opposed to allowing his GM to pay for scouts, development, and a rotation that doesn’t rely on Jason Vargas.

“This meeting had a different focus. This meeting was about how can we be better? How can we get going in the right direction? And it was very productive. It was more about what do we have to do to put ourselves in a better position, because none of us are satisfied with what’s been going on to this point.” -Mickey Callaway [New York Daily News]

This...doesn’t seem great.

”[Nerve irritation in his left forearm has] come and gone in my career. Just something that I’ve managed. Normally it would get better before each start. This wasn’t trending in that direction, so I had to take a step back.” -Steven Matz [New York Daily News]

Narrator: He did not.

“At this moment, we feel the way he threw the ball the other day, now that Matz for sure can’t go (Tuesday), that [Wilmer] Font will fill in and hopefully have another great start for us with more of a pitch count to work with.” -Mickey Callaway [New York Daily News]

Once again, may we all be blessed with Todd Frazier’s confidence.

“I only have 50 at-bats — it’s a real [small] sample size — but I know what I’m capable of. It’s one of those things, maybe I get a couple of cheap hits here and there, next thing you know I get on a roll.” -Todd Frazier [New York Post]

To be fair, he’s not wrong.

“[Todd Frazier’s] the starter when he starts, that’s really all I can say.” -Mickey Callaway [New York Post]

Again, Mickey’s not wrong regarding the Mets being over .500 with Wilson Ramos starting.

“If [Ramos] hits grand slams, he’s going to continue [winning].” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]

Ramos is currently 0-for-5 in his next ABs.

“It’s good when you start the day hitting the ball well. You get more confidence in the next at-bat. The next at-bat, I felt more relaxed at the plate because in my mind, I know that I already homered. I’d say I made my night with that.” -Wilson Ramos [MLB]

Anthony DiComo used both quotes in a recap, personally, the second one is miles ahead of the first one.

“He’s back. He looks like Jacob deGrom again.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]

“He’s back,” Callaway said. “And it’s very comforting.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]

Writers would rejoice in getting to mail in a series of shit takes about whether or not the home run derby has messed up Pete Alonso’s swing.

“I would love to do [the Home Run Derby]. I think that would be fun, a real amazing thing to do, but I haven’t heard anything yet. I would be honored to do it for sure.” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]

Mickey’s plan for the rotation...

“I have faith that somebody’s going to step up. We need them to step up and I think eventually they will.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]

...Mickey’s plan for the bullpen.

“We have options. We just need one of them to step up.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]

At least someone feels great.

“I felt great out there. It was good to jump-start my confidence again. It was just good.” -Jeurys Familia [MLB]

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“If Frazier’s confidence hasn’t suffered, he’s possibly the dumbest human being alive. Said it before, I’ll say it again, it’s hard to hate Vargas despite how washed-up he is because at least he admits it as much as one can be allowed to admit it in this sport’s media landscape. Frazier thinks he’s a temporarily-embarrassed All-Star instead of a guy who won’t get a guaranteed major league contract next spring and it is just detestable. Nothing bothers me more in sport than when they treat the audience like idiots. Take the tunnel back to Tom’s River and stay there, Todd.” -Mike Cecconi

AA Quote of the Week

“I don’t watch enough of the post-game, etc. to see exactly what he said But that confidence in his own abilities is what got him (and everyone else) to the major leagues in the first place. I don’t think he’s treating his audience like idiots, he likely truly believes he is one small adjustment away from being the player he once was. And truth be told, he probably is. We know he’s lost just a little bit of quickness, and ain’t ever getting it back, but that’s usually all it takes to go from Frazier circa 2014 to Frazier circa 2019. Rare is the player who knows when he’s done. Typically, he’s the last to know. I agree with your general sentiment though, that he’s done as a viable major league player and they’d be best served to simply cut bait at this point.” -El Duq of Hurl