New York Mets supervisor Mickey Callaway shouted profanities at a Newsday reporter within the clubhouse Sunday and beginning pitcher Jason Vargas challenged the reporter to a struggle and needed to be restrained from going after him.
The incident got here after the Mets’ bullpen blew a Three-2 lead within the eighth inning of what ended as a 5-Three loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Area. Reporters requested repeatedly after the sport about Callaway’s choice to stay with reliever Seth Lugo in the course of the eighth inning as an alternative of going to nearer Edwin Diaz. Lugo allowed a go-ahead three-run homer to Javier Baez.
After the information convention, Callaway walked previous Newsday’s Tim Healey within the clubhouse. Healey informed Callaway he would “see you tomorrow,” and Callaway responded by calling him a “m—–f—–.”
Callaway instructed members of the workforce’s public relations employees to escort Healey from the clubhouse, telling them to “get this m—–f—– out of right here,” in response to a number of reporters current.
When Healey didn’t depart, Vargas then stared him down and shouted at him, together with saying, “I am going to knock you the f— out, bro,” in response to a Yahoo Sports activities account.
Vargas charged at Healey however was held again by teammates, together with Carlos Gomez and Noah Syndergaard. No punches have been thrown in the course of the incident.
“The Mets sincerely remorse the incident that occurred with certainly one of our beat writers following at present’s sport within the clubhouse. We don’t condone this kind of conduct from any worker,” the workforce stated in a press release later Sunday. “The group has reached out and apologized to this reporter and could have additional discussions internally with all concerned events.”
Callaway, the Mets’ embattled second-year supervisor, obtained a vote of confidence from first-year common supervisor Brodie Van Wagenen in late Could after the membership was swept by the Marlins in a three-game sequence in Miami. Sunday’s loss dropped the Mets to 37-41 on the season, 9 video games behind first-place Atlanta within the Nationwide League East.
The Mets did make a change to their teaching employees Thursday once they fired pitching coach Dave Eiland and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez.
The Mets are set to open a four-game sequence at Philadelphia on Monday to face the Phillies, who’ve misplaced seven consecutive video games.
The Related Press contributed to this report.