From the New York Daily News:
The day after Jerry Manuel called the Mets’ offense “pathetic,” hitting coach Howard Johnson convened a meeting before Friday’s game and harshly criticized his hitters for their recent performances and pregame card-playing, team sources told the Daily News.
“It was really in your face, and some guys didn’t like that, but it needed to be said,” one player said.
Johnson later confirmed the meeting but denied that he mentioned the card games, as did other players. According to multiple sources, though, Johnson did mention that issue.
I wonder if it has occurred to Johnson or Jerry Manuel that the reality is the Mets just don’t have enough good players.