Jeff Wilpon: ‘We’re Definitely Happy With The Plan And Direction We’re Going’
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — We know that you’re frustrated, Mets fans.
And why shouldn’t you be? The Amazin’s have suffered four consecutive losing seasons and are well on their way to a fifth.
The Mets have been rebuilding ever since general manager Sandy Alderson was hired following the 2010 season. The club has had little to be proud of on the field during Alderson’s tenure, though the GM has repeatedly said that there is a plan in place.
And you can see the plan on some levels. The Mets appear to have a bona fide ace in Matt Harvey, and top prospects Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero all appear to have bright futures ahead of them.
But as the losses continue to mount, will New York continue to stick with its approach?
“There’s a plan,” Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon told the Press & Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton. “You can’t change the plan every year. OK? Sandy, it’s taken him two or three years to get the plan into effect, and we have to wait and see it out. You can’t just say it’s not going as fast as we want — we’re six months behind, two months behind, whatever it might be. You’ve got to let the plan go all the way down the line.
“If you’re going to buy into something, you got to buy into it. You can’t change midstream because if you’re constantly changing, there’s no chance you’re going to succeed.”
Pedro Lopez, the manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets, is impressed with how closely the organization’s front office monitors the progress at the minor-league level.
“The one thing Mr. Wilpon and Jeff do, they read reports, and Sandy Alderson does,” Lopez told the newspaper. “They read every report. They’re always up to date with what everybody is doing, and I think it’s great for the kids to see people like Jeff coming in.”
Wilpon was on hand at NYSEG Stadium in upstate New York on Tuesday to watch Binghamton take on the Trenton Thunder.
“I think we’re definitely happy with the plan and the direction we’re going,” Wilpon told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. “Is it happening as fast as anybody wants? No. You know, we’re fans. I’m a fan. I’m here to see good baseball. I want to see good baseball in New York. I want to see it up and down the organization. Sometimes it happens quicker, sometimes it doesn’t.”
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