Mets COO Jeff Wilpon recently took part in a Q&A email exchange with the New York Post.
In the exchange with Steve Serby, Wilpon touched on a wide variety of topics, from the 2020 team outlook, the Steve Cohen deal falling through, Mickey Callaway's tenure as Mets manager, Pete Alonso's potential, and much more.
Here are a few of Wilpon's answers from some of the many topics discussed:
Can the Mets contend in 2020?
A: We're very optimistic with Brodie and his staff and how we finished the second half of last season with one of the best records in the league. Having addressed many needs, such as starting-pitching additions and bullpen depth, as well as returning mainstays such as [Jacob] deGrom coming off of back-to-back Cy Youngs and Pete [Alonso] building on his record-setting rookie season, the organization and our fans have reason for high hopes in 2020.
How high is up for Pete Alonso?
A: The sky is the limit. Can't wait to see it unfold. Pete's record-breaking homer in the second-to-last home game really gave our fans something to hold onto and be proud of.
What are your feelings about the dissolution of the Steve Cohen deal? What's next, and how could it affect you?
A: Have to refer to the following from the statement released earlier. As spring training begins, on behalf of ownership, we would like to share more information explaining why the proposed transaction has ended, however due to confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, we are unable to do so at this time. So right now, I believe we need to focus on the future and not on the past and that's what we intend to do. We would like to assure our fans that we will continue our commitment to winning in 2020 and beyond, and we'll work hard to earn and maintain everyone's confidence and trust. We'll be moving forward to find a new transaction.
Why didn't Mickey Callaway work as manager?
A: Mickey is a good baseball man. Sometimes the best intentions don't work out. But for me, it's about looking at the tasks ahead and what we can do better.
Mike Piazza's home run in the first game back after 9/11 … what is your recollection of that moment?
A: Emotional. Surreal. Hard to put into words how much that meant, still to this day. After the anthem, both teams shook hands, which never happens. It gave me chills that this was a sign of America standing together and was more than just a game. I was sitting in the stands. From the sound of the ball off the bat, there was no doubt that it was heading out and was also amazed at where the ball landed.
Bartolo Colon hit the only home run of his 21-year career in 2016. What was it like watching that?
A: Amazement and so much fun watching his teammates' reaction. Don't remember who I was watching with, but I do remember saying to them, "Did that really happen?"
To read the full Q&A, which also includes comments on the Bernie Madoff fallout, Carlos Beltran's strikeout in the 2006 NLCS, regrets about firing Willie Randolph, and more, click here.