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Great Moments in team chemistry: Mets prospects got into a beanball/threat war

Mar 29, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

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UPDATE: It looks like Andy Martino had this story first, and in greater detail. His is a better account, so be sure to check it out.

This is something you don’t hear every day: two Mets prospects — Zack Wheeler and Aderlin Rodriguez — got into a kerfuffle during a couple of intrasquad games in Port St. Luice recently.

Adam Rubin reports that Rodriguez hot dogged his way around the bases after hitting a home run off Wheeler in one game and then, in a subsequent game, Wheeler drilled Rodriguez in the hand, which Rodriguez had feared was broken. Rodriguez then threatened Wheeler. They have since been called on the carpet and things are allegedly OK now.

All that said: Wheeler has a ticket to the big leagues in the near future. Rodriguez is a third baseman on the one team in baseball who has the least need for a minor league third baseman any time in the next several years. So it would not be at all surprising to see Wheeler and Rodriguez renew their special friendship for different teams one day.

  1. fissels - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Nice to see that Wheeler is feisty

    • nategearhart - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      When my daughter was a toddler and threw things at people because she was upset, we didn’t call her “feisty”.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        But how was her aim?

  2. multiplemiggs - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    wait im confused oh n.m I guess rodriguez hit a homerun off of wheeler gotcha

  3. sportsdrenched - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Frankly, I’m surprised we don’t hear more about scuffles between teamates. I know I didn’t like everyone on my HS team. Can’t imagine an MiLB Club House/Organization is that much different in terms of everyone liking each other.

  4. thebadguyswon - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Aderlin Rodriguez can’t make enough contact to ever make much of an impact in the majors. He’s probably pretty jacked that he hit one off a future major leaguer. much ado about nothing.

  5. zzalapski - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Are we sure Tony Bernazard isn’t involved with the Mets anymore?

  6. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    These guys are quintessential Wilpoon employees. Don’t waste them on the field. They should be moved to the front orifice and given a pair of desks facing each other.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Too much grit.

  7. chill1184 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    The whole “ethnic tensions” crap is such a race bait by that clown Martino. I Fing hate the MSM

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Maybe Martino just took in a production of West Side Story and only dreamed part of the story. That would explain the zoot suits and finger snapping.

      When you’re a Met you’re a Met all the way – from your first cigarette til your last dying day.

      • zzalapski - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        That would explain Bobby Bonilla’s contract.

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