Fred Wilpon did not talk to the media yesterday and the media is quite perturbed at this


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Yesterday Mets owner Fred Wilpon held a closed-door meeting with his team. Then he opened the door and left and did not answer reporters’ questions about what was said behind closed doors. If I was Wilpon I’d probably say something like “well, the reason the doors were closed in that meeting was because what was said was not for public consumption,” but you can’t fault him for not doing that. I mean, that’s implied, right?

Apparently not clearly enough, because this morning at least three columns were written about Wilpon not talking to the media about what he said to his employees in a private conversation.

Bergen Record:

By all accounts this was a terrific meeting. Without going into specifics, David Wright said, “Fred has always been upbeat.” Terry Collins said it was “very, very impactful.” There were no threats, no win-or-else edicts issued. Wilpon played his hand to perfection, at least until the meeting ended and he strolled by a group of reporters.

That’s when Wilpon blew off a chance to deliver a state-of-the-team address. Instead of stopping, even for a few moments, to pump up the fan base, Wilpon walked right by. Not a word, not a gesture, no eye contact. Just feigned oblivion.


Fred Wilpon had plenty to say Monday at Tradition Field, where the Mets’ principal owner has been more visible this year than during any other spring training in recent memory . . . In fact, Wilpon has spoken to just about everyone during the past six weeks, with one notable exception.


And that’s not right.

Daily News:

Anyone who has reported on the Mets since 2011 knows the Fred Wilpon blowoff . . . The Mets beat writers received what I’m assured was a very polite version of this on Monday morning in Port St. Lucie, after he addressed the team (the Mets resist the notion that Wilpon “blew off” the media when he cruised by, and say that he simply didn’t wish to speak about a private meeting).

All of these columns were couched in terms of “hey, Wilpon is not speaking to you, the fans!” But I truly question if any Mets fans exist who actually care and/or believe what Fred Wilpon says after all of these years. They’d sooner punch him in the face, I suspect, than hang on his every word. Unless they did so in order to loudly declare why each of those words was a damn hurtful lie.

But maybe some Mets fan, somewhere really would feel better if Wilpon told him that the Mets were going to be OK. I’m not sure I want to meet such a strange, gullible person, but they may actually exist. And if they do I suppose I will grant that this is a legitimate complaint rather than the latest instance of late spring training media complaining.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.