‘Big Time Baseball' Podcast: Mets Clubhouse Fireworks, Pujols' Return to St. Louis

June 25, 2019 - 10:40 am

Following the Mets’ loss in Chicago on Sunday, manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas directed their frustration towards an unexpected direction in the visiting clubhouse.

When Newsday reporter Tim Healy told Callaway he would “see him tomorrow,” Callaway followed up with an obscenity before cursing at him again. Vargas eventually attempted to charge at Healy but was restrained by his teammates. Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon called Healy to apologize for the incident on Sunday night.

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Keith Hernandez, a former major-league first baseman-turned-Mets broadcaster, joined “Big Time Baseball” co-hosts Josh Lewin and Jon Heyman to breakdown how their actions would impact the organization.

“I’m more concerned about how... it’s gonna affect that (young) clubhouse and how it’s gonna affect the relations with the media here,” Hernandez said. “I don’t know what the heck Vargas was thinking sticking his nose in there. That certainly wasn’t helpful.”

With the Mets sitting nine games back of the first-place Braves in the National League East, Callaway’s job security has been in question throughout the season. Red Sox manager Alex Cora told Lewin and Heyman that he was in the running for the position, but New York opted to hire Callaway in October 2017.

“(Red Sox general manager) Dave Dombrowski made the call before the Mets did,” Cora said. “The phone call I got from Dave was like, ‘Let’s get this done,’ and then a few days later, I got a call from (former Mets GM) Sandy (Alderson) saying that they were moving in a different direction. Things happen for a reason.”

Later on, Lewin and Heyman discuss Albert Pujols’ return to St. Louis (10:53), the Yankees’ interest in Madison Bumgarner (11:53) and Gabe Kapler’s job security in Philadelphia (14:42). Diamondbacks skipper Torey Lovullo also joins them to talk about their young core and the veteran presence of starter Zach Greinke (27:02).