Mets pitchers working off makeshift mounds during Syracuse visit
The New York Mets’ trip to Syracuse, N.Y., for a workout just before Opening Day has been a much-maligned affair, with ace Noah Syndergaard being the most vocal while bemoaning the decision.
Photographs surfacing on Twitter Tuesday from the hometown of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate presents troubling evidence of the questionable conditions players found upon their arrival.
The Mets are conducting workouts in the Carrier Dome, and the team’s pitchers evidently are being forced to get in their work on makeshift mounds.
These are the Mets’ makeshift mounds at the Carrier Dome pic.twitter.com/5rdlReeMYH— Greg Joyce (@GJoyce9) March 26, 2019
Syndergaard presumably was not even aware of what kind of things were in store for the team when he blasted the trip over the weekend.
Syndergaard blasts the Mets' trip to Syracuse for a workout this week: "I don't think that's what championship teams do."— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) March 24, 2019
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Despite his stated unhappiness, to put it mildly, over the Syracuse trip, Syndergaard nevertheless got some work in off the “pitcher’s mound.”
And now we have Noah Syndergaard throwing off the mound. pic.twitter.com/SWaqZx8Gw2— Greg Joyce (@GJoyce9) March 26, 2019
Thankfully, Syndergaard made it through his makeshift-mound workout no worse for wear.
Syndergaard appears to have completed his bullpen without incident. https://t.co/yY31jSDzv2— Greg Joyce (@GJoyce9) March 26, 2019
It arguably is not the best look for an MLB team to be conducting workouts in such substandard facilities, so Syndergaard’s reservations against the trip are arguably justified.
Making matters even worse? The Mets’ travel to Syracuse was not without incident, either.
Report I am getting from the Mets plane: Lots of guys pissed off. The delay has been 3.5 hours. Will be landing in Syracuse close to midnight.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) March 26, 2019
Talk about an ominous harbinger of things to come, to say the least.