Mickey Callaway addressed his team before the first full-squad practice at Port St. Lucie on Monday, and the team's expectations for the season were the main takeaways.
Every team has aspirations to make the postseason and World Series when the new year begins. And though that is an obvious goal, Callaway wants the team to focus on getting better each day, and setting their own expectations.
Turning those expectations into results is the main goal.
"We just really wanted to express our expectations for the season. Our expectations for them from the coaching staff. The expectations to them about each other and the way to handle things and it was hopefully clear, concise, and to the point," Callaway said about the meeting before practice. "From here, we have to go out and do all those things we talked about. Those things are just words. I think the thing that's gonna tell the tale is if we can accomplish all those things we talked about every single day and get to where we want to go."
Doing whatever is necessary to stay healthy is one of those expectations for the season, especially after the way injuries ravaged the Mets last season. Each player has their own routine of getting ready for games, or staying healthy on off days.
Callaway wants to make sure that each player is doing that, which is why accountability is a mantra he is instilling in each of his players.
"Everybody knows what is expected of them. I think that's first and foremost. We've told them what we expect of them," Callaway noted. "We're going to individualize plans. We've added trainers, we've had many meetings about how we want to monitor guys. Some things they have to come in and do this certain thing and it goes straight to an iPad and sends us all the information. So technology is helping us monitor it.
"But the way we truly monitor is making sure that we are paying attention to the guys and knowing whether or not they went through their routine. That's the main way we're going to hold guys accountable for them."
Callaway understands that each player has a different routine than others. He points out veteran Adrian Gonzalez, for example, needs more time to warm up than others because of his age.
Yoenis Cespedes is one player that the Mets need healthier this season, after playing just 81 games compared to 132 in 2016. Callaway said he has already begun taking the steps necessary to stay durable throughout the year.
"He's taken the first step. He had a great offseason. Lot more running than he's done in the past. I think that everybody identified that he needed that. He's been going to yoga classes and things like that to help his flexibility and he wants to play everyday," he said.
The 32-year-old Cepsedes already has his own individual goal: Play in each game this season. Though the feat may seem a little overboard, he did managed 159 regular season games in 2015 between the Tigers and Mets, and if you add the 14 postseason games during the Mets' World Series run, he breaks the 162-game mark.
"When I talked to him at one point, he brought up the fact that he played 160 games that one year...that's what he wants to do," Callaway said. "We have to hold him accountable for the things he's gonna do. We gotta make sure he's going about his business the right way, fulfilling all those routines that are going to be necessary for him to go out and play everyday. But he's taken the first great step towards that.
"We want Cespedes on the field as much as possible that's for sure."