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2022 Mets culture will value teams over individuals

Darin Ruf has been in the major leagues for eight seasons and has played in over 500 games. He further added his three years of professional experience with the Korean Baseball Organization.

The former Phillies and Giants slugger has attended thousands of batting meetings, but the one he sat in during his week and a half with the Mets didn’t quite like it.

“The information sharing from the pre-meeting to the in-game is unlike anything else I’ve seen,” said the trade deadline acquisition before the Mets lost to the Phillies in 2-1, 10 innings at City. One Ruf said, “We had a six-game winning streak on the field Friday night.” “When you’re talking about pitchers and bullpen arms that night, multiple players talk about how they succeeded against this player, what they should try to do as a team, and what to look for.”

Swinging, pitching and running were very important to the Mets’ rise to No. 1 this year, but conversation also played an important role.

Darrin Ruff
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During meetings, around the clubhouse in a playful and winning manner, or near the batting cage or home plate, the Mets quickly impart insight into opposing players. [the Mets hitters] We care about each other,” said another newcomer, Daniel Vogelbach.

Often times, Mets hitters who have just scored outs briefly talk to hitters about to hit the plate for final tips. You can give those veterans a big voice.

Manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t want to allow preparatory meetings to run longer than 15 minutes going into this season. Hitters can absorb a lot without being overloaded or bored.

“We wanted it to be something that people wanted to go to,” said Showalter, whose club, which had the third-most RBI in baseball on Friday, said. It doesn’t make much sense.

“The best information is what they are talking about.

It speaks to a culture that values ​​the team over the individual, and that culture is becoming increasingly important as the Mets transition to a platoon-heavy club. A certain Raf and Vogelbach may be sitting for days in a row and need any preparation help they can get.

Vogelbach, who has been at the Met for almost three weeks, also said he wasn’t part of the vocal team.

“What I’ve done so far is definitely unusual for me. It’s definitely a lot more here,” said Vogelbach, who is on his fifth major league team. “Clubhouse members care about each other. By keeping one main common goal in mind, we can approach the game in a supportive way. .”

Communication between pitchers is more constant rather than conference-based. Sharing information whenever he can, dozens of televisions He has been replaced by clips, mostly rotating including Max Scherzer Seeing his members talking in the dugout during matches can do.

Taijuan Walker
Taijuan Walker
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“There’s so much information to share,” said Taijuan Walker, who has bounced back from a late-season slump last season. “Especially when you get a guy like Max who’s been doing it for a long time. He has a lot of knowledge.

“Just talking about the pitch sequence, why are you throwing it here, you should throw it here. It’s just another thing.”

Talking makes it easier to incorporate different personalities into the mix. A pool table was recently added to the clubhouse, which already had a ping pong table. Friday’s heated match involved relievers Edwin Diaz, Joely Rodriguez, and new additions Mychal His Givens and Adonis Medina.

Ruf saw the game and said it was good for team bonding, as well as for the spirit that can be consumed by the game.

A year after the Mets’ trade deadline resulted in Javier Baez and the ill-gotten scandal that followed, friendships have improved. Last offseason, the Mets’ front office said Scherzer, Eduardo He identified well-respected players off the field, including Escobar, Marc Cana and Sterling Marte, and mid-season additions were absorbed smoothly.

“It was a very easy clubhouse to walk into with a lot of really good people,” said Vogelbach.