The Mets and Main League Baseball are set for a chat on Friday over the membership’s points with the baseball and rising exasperation over getting hit by 19 pitches in 20 video games this season.
MLB government vice chairman of baseball operations Morgan Sword might be at Citi Area on Friday to satisfy with the Mets and listen to out their issues, a supply confirmed Thursday. Newsday was first to report the assembly.
The league workplace was initially scheduled to satisfy with the Mets as early as April 14, however the workforce needed to reschedule these in-person talks just a few instances. MLB’s baseball operations division has nonetheless been in contact with the Mets on the subject since then.
However the workforce’s fury has solely elevated in latest days, as Pete Alonso was hit within the head by a pitch for the second time this season Tuesday night time – resulting in right-hander Chris Bassitt calling out MLB for an absence of consistency with the baseballs and the lack to grip them – which was adopted by the benches clearing between the Mets and Cardinals on Wednesday after J.D. Davis was hit within the foot and Nolan Arenado took concern with a pitch up-and-in.
“MLB is at all times involved about holding hitters protected from harmful pitches,” a league spokesman mentioned Wednesday. “We carefully analyze tendencies within the sport and have energetic conversations with the gamers and coaches to deal with issues.
“By way of April 26, league-wide statistics present hit-by-pitch charges and wild pitch charges are down relative to earlier seasons. Nonetheless, one Membership [the Mets] has been hit greater than twice as typically because the league common in 2022, which is one thing we’ll proceed to observe.”
Buck Showalter mentioned he and GM Billy Eppler had voiced their issues to MLB earlier than Wednesday’s sport.
After pitching in Tuesday’s sport and seeing Alonso plunked within the helmet once more – Francisco Lindor has additionally been hit above the neck – Bassitt and catcher James McCann referred to as on the league to repair the problems with the shortage of grip on its baseballs.
“MLB has a really large drawback with the baseballs — they’re dangerous,” Bassitt mentioned. “Everybody is aware of it. Each pitcher within the league is aware of it. MLB doesn’t give a rattling about it. They don’t care. Now we have advised them our issues with them, they don’t care.”
On Friday, they’ll get one other probability to air these grievances with Sword.