Players Only Meeting by the NY Mets back in May, may have saved the team’s season

Carlos Mendoza shares what may have saved Mets’ 2024 season
from Zac Wassink, with

The New York Mets are in the midst of a resurgence.

Winners of eight of their last 10 games, a team that once looked destined for another disappointing season has pulled within 1.5 games of a wild-card spot.

During a Tuesday afternoon appearance on New York sports radio station WFAN, Mets manager Carlos Mendoza opened up about the players-only meeting that occurred in late May and that may have saved the club’s season.

“It was important for them to get together and get a lot of things off their chest, and basically call each other out,” Mendoza explained, per Ryan Chichester of Audacy. “You talk about accountability. How can we get better? Things got to get better. What are you doing to help this team? Coincidence that we started playing better? I don’t know.”

Anthony DiComo of the MLB website and others have pointed out how the Mets held an emotional players-only meeting after they fell to 22-33 on the campaign via a 10-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 29 that featured then-New York relief pitcher Jorge Lopez tossing his glove into the Citi Field stands. While fans jokingly have credited McDonald’s mascot Grimace for the club’s turnaround, that meeting may have been just what the Amazins needed.

The Mets produced a seven-game winning streak earlier in June and improved to 38-39 on the season following Tuesday’s 9-7 win over the New York Yankees.

Mendoza declined to reveal exactly what was said after shortstop Francisco Lindor called what’s become a season-altering meeting.

“I’ll leave that to the players,” the first-year skipper said. “It was just players…that’s their room. But I’m glad they did it. I’m glad that Francisco Lindor took over in that moment, and that he felt it was needed to get the team together.”

Some within MLB circles still believe the Mets could make certain out-of-contract players available to other clubs ahead of the July 30 trade deadline even if New York remains in wild-card conversations. Mendoza must do all he can to ensure his players ignore such chatter as the club attempts to get back to .500 for the first time since May 10.