Howard Megdal had an excellent article at Capital New York the other day, the topic being the relentless smearing of Mets players by their own management, in particular shortstop Ruben Tejada. Howard’s post included the following quotes from former Mets player Justin Turner.
“I think the issue is that nobody takes responsibility for what they say.”
“You’ve seen that with Tejada over the last few weeks. It’s all ‘a source said that they’re not happy with him.’ It’s like, you know what? If you’re gonna come out and gonna attack a guy’s character, and his work ethic, be man enough to put your name on it. Don’t say, ‘This is off the record,’ and then off the record means they’re gonna write it anyway.”
We have discussed the handling of Tejada here, as it is an ongoing mess. And one thing about Ruben, at least Alderson went on record a few times last year. But now, again, it’s the whispering campaign, one that seems relentless. Let me roll through some of the players who have been smeared anonymously in the last few years by “Mets front office sources” as they headed to the door:
- Carlos Beltran
- Johan Santana
- R.A. Dickey
- Marlon Byrd
- Justin Turner
This crap really bothers me and I want to first lay it at the feet of the guy in charge, Sandy Alderson. There are three possibilities here.
- His bosses are doing the talking
- He himself is doing the talking
- Somebody who works for him is doing the talking
If it is somebody that works for him, he can fire the person and end it immediately. And if it is someone who works for him and he can’t figure it out, it shows a lack of control over his own organization. This would show that Alderson does not have the respect of the people working underneath him.
And if it is him, well, then shame on him. And you have to wonder, who else could it be? I mean, if it wasn’t Sandy, why wouldn’t he just come out the next day in the press and say that this conduct is unacceptable. At the very least, his public inaction is a wink and a nod to whoever is leaking the information. The comments are public; the lack of public response from Alderson tells us much.
Of course I have left one out. What if it is his bosses? But that seems so unrealistic, I mean Fred Wilpon or Jeff Wilpon doing something as creepy as talking behind the players backs? They are such great guys.
I guess anything is possible.