Mets special advisor David Wright, speaking at the PGA Championship on Monday, talked about the recent meeting involving COO Jeff Wilpon, GM Brodie Van Wagenen, and manager Mickey Callaway, and more.
On whether the meeting was called for, Wright believed it was.
"What Brodie has done, he's got his finger on the pulse in there," Wright said. "So if he saw it fit for a meeting I'm sure that that was the right call. I think generally speaking -- this is more from a player's perspective -- you try, you tend to stay away from those but sometimes it's nice to light a fire under your butt a little bit -- give you a nice little kick on the rear to hopefully get you going a little bit. And hopefully that's the case."
The meeting came with the Mets at 17-20 and preceded two consecutive wins over the Marlins, with SNY's Andy Martino reporting before those wins that Callaway's job was "completely safe" for now.
Asked about the play of the Mets, who are 4.0 games behind the Phillies for first place in the NL East, Wright gave a pragmatic answer.
"I think that obviously there's room for improvement," he said. "It seemed like earlier in the season we hit well and didn't pitch well. Lately it's been the opposite, where you pitch well, don't hit well. It's the kind of ebb and flow of the season. But I think that Brodie, the front office, and ownership has put a good product out there. And now it's just up to them to go out there and perform at the level where I think that they can."
Wright added that getting Jed Lowrie back will mean "a big bump for the offense," noting that Lowrie's versatility can allow them to move guys around to different roles if they so choose.
And how has Wright's transition from player to front office employee been?
"Weird," Wright said. "Watching on TV and checking things on my phone has been strange, to say the least."