PORT ST. LUCIE – When he switched from a super agent to Mets GM last year, he opened up a whole new world to Brodie Van Wagenen, a world he had to live and learn.
Van Wagenen was in the minor league complex on Wednesday with the entire senior league coaching staff, the double A and triple A teams, as well as other staff, coordinators and the like, to get a head start on the 2020 season.
Meeting and discussing ideas and implementing them is a key ingredient if the Mets are to be successful after a tough winter of preparation.
"One of the many lessons I've learned from 2019 is the small marginal difference between winning and losing," Van Wagenen told Post. “Good teams use the small things and teams that lose games miss the execution of the small things.
“In the first half of the year, we lost so many games with small margins and thought about how correcting those little details could make the season go crazy. For this reason, the focus was on preparing for the off-season.
“We focus on the little things, the little things, because we have talent. It's about combining focus every day to win games. "
It's about containing these mistakes, developing players, and getting the most out of your talent. This is a big difference in the approach from last season when Van Wagenen offered the challenge to NL Ost: "Our goal is to win a championship and it starts with the division. So come and get us."
This bravery was replaced by preparation as Van Wagenen and his top assistants Allard Baird and Adam Guttridge prepare for the season as Luis Rojas takes the lead.
"No question, I've learned a lot," said Van Wagenen. "There was so much new. I am convinced that we all have to grow every day and that it is something new to recognize every day.
"We have high expectations. We need to further increase expectations of ourselves, and that includes the general manager, the player developers, the health and performance department. We must continue to have high expectations and be ready to do the work it takes to achieve them. "
The Mets had a first half to forget, but grew strong when they missed a spot on the wildcard.
"One of the lessons from last year was how important it is to identify problems before they arise," said Van Wagenen. "See them, communicate them, and solve problems before they escalate into problems."