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Justin Turner calls out the Mets and the New York media

Mar 17, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

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Howard Megdal interviewed former Mets and current Dodgers infielder Justin Turner. The subject: how so many Mets players, current and former, find themselves being torn down by anonymous front office sources and the New York media:

I think the issue is that nobody takes responsibility for what they say,” Turner told me as we chatted in front of his spring training locker. “You’ve seen that with Tejada over the last few weeks. It’s all ‘a source said that they’re not happy with him.’ It’s like, you know what? If you’re gonna come out and gonna attack a guy’s character, and his work ethic, be man enough to put your name on it. Don’t say, ‘This is off the record’, and then off the record means they’re gonna write it anyway.”

He has some criticisms for the reporters who cover the Mets too, whom he says are more interested in stories and drama and aren’t all that interested in baseball for its own sake. But his bigger beef is clearly with the Mets, who make it a habit to whisper insults.

He has some comments about how he’d run things if he were in charge of the Mets. And I can’t imagine anyone not named Wilpon would disagree with it.

Good article about something that has become increasingly common.

  1. chc4 - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    The Mets are a mess but someone like Justin Turner (ultra fringe player) should keep his mouth shut. At least be good at your job before criticizing a former team.

    • dluxxx - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      Mr. Wilpon? Is that you?

    • rje413diamond - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Plus, burning a bridge is never a good idea.

      • raysfan1 - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        I agree burning bridges is not a good idea, so why does the Mets leadership keep letting “anonymous team sources” do it?

      • Old Gator - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        It can be a good idea if there’s an unmarked grave next to Arch Stanton’s with four huge bags of gold in it just across the breedge….

      • dougwhite659 - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Ugly…… not good….not bad….just ugly….

  2. thebadguyswon - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Sandy Alderson said last fall that dealing with Tejada was “like pulling teeth.” Safe to say he’s comfortable with negative quotes being tied to his name.

  3. drewsylvania - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Corporation screws over employees! Film at 11.

  4. missingdiz - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Management should deal with management issues in-house, not through the media. It’s just the decent thing to do. But also, what if you do have a problem player and you put a lot of stuff out there–how are you going to trade him?

    • raysfan1 - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      That’s actually part of what Turner said.

  5. chill1184 - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    He was a fringe player in which Collins used way too much as a regular starter but I do agree that the NY media is pretty much scum

  6. President Charles Logan - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    who the heck is justin turner?

  7. sdelmonte - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Tacky for anyone to badmouth former employers. But Megdal has long been a Wilpon hater, and I cannot read his stuff without getting angry at him.

    • Reflex - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      There is plenty to hate about the Wilpons. The fact that they were willing accomplices of Madoff is more than enough for me, personally.

  8. djzero22 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    I’ve heard it said before that the “anonymous sources” the NY media utilizes are completely fictitious, invoked so that the reporters can stir things up and create drama. Justin ought to keep that possibility in mind.

    • Old Gator - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      “Anonymous sources” are archetypes. They are mythic, not merely fictitious.

  9. kappy32 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    The NY media, especially baseball writers, have given up writing about baseball in favor of publishing TMZ-like articles for years now. With that being said, Turner should just zip it. He was lucky he was given the shot he was given with the Mets. He was never a very good player & despite that, the team he hates continued to find him a roster spot each year. You may not like the way your employer handles certain situations, but it’s not the employee’s job to call them out on it. That’s part of the employer-employee relationship.

  10. fissels - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Justin should just be glad to have gotten out of that pit.

  11. joerevs300 - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Actually, it’s not much different than sports writers who use “anonymous sources” either to further their own writing agendas…

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