Mets GM Sandy Alderson, senior advisor for strength and conditioning Mike Barwis, and new Director of Performance and Sports Science Jim Cavallini discussed the team's new training and medical initiatives/protocol on Mets Hot Stove on SNY Thursday night at 10 p.m.
"Fans should know that we recognize that we had some shortcoming in the performance area," Alderson said. "That was reflected in injuries, but also general preparation and level of performance," adding that the Mets want to be "anticipating problems rather than reacting to them."
Barwis discussed his role, explaining that it's more hands-on during the offseason.
"Interact in their training programs, help develop injury prevention programs" Barwis said about his offseason work with players. "During the in-season, it's more physiology, biomechanics, information on anything we can do that's current in science. And providing the resources to our staff as they run the job in the in-season."
Cavallini, who spent the last three years working as the Director of Performance for the United States Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., said what he's hoping to bring to the table is "a piece that's going to integrate all the great assests we have in place."
Aside from bringing Cavallini on board, the Mets promoted Brian Chicklo to head trainer this offseason (replacing Ray Ramirez), and named Joseph Golia the assistant trainer.
Chicklo, who has been with the Mets for 20 years, had served as the team's assistant trainer since 2012. Golia, who has been with the Mets for 13 seasons, was the team's Minor League Medical Coordinator last season.