New York Metsâ€™ starter Noah Syndergaard is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, and is an option to rejoin the tea before the All-Star break. He would be a welcomed addition to a rotation that is already missing Carlos Carrasco and Jacob deGrom.
While he is not with the major league team, Syndergaard has been active in social media, being the center of a spat with fellow pitcher Trevor Bauer a few weeks ago on Twitter. He has also given interviews to a few media sectors, and spoke with GQ about the Bauer-Tatis issue that occurred recently, when the latter made fun of the former after hitting two home runs off the flamboyant pitcher.
This time, the Metsâ€™ pitcher sided with Bauer to criticize the old school thinking that the latter should have been taking matters into his own hands and hit Tatis with a pitch after his â€œspicyâ€ home run celebrations, clearly targeted at Bauer.
Basically, Syndergaard, who will be a free agent after the season if the Mets fail to sign him to a long-term contract, approved trash talking and condemned the â€œunwritten rulesâ€ that punish players for celebrating too effusively.
The Metsâ€™ Syndergaard approves trash talking
Per NJ Advance Media, Syndergaard clarified that despite the heated Twitter exchange with Bauer, he doesnâ€™t have a â€˜beefâ€™ with him (â€I wouldnâ€™t put too much effort into thatâ€). Instead, Thor thinks the Bauer-Tatis exchange is what baseball needs.
â€œI think baseball has gotten soft, too. I think there should be some more s**t-talking. …. I think thatâ€™s awesome. I agree with Bauer, that does not warrant somebody to get thrown at.â€
â€œI think theyâ€™re pretty stupid, to be honest. Anything unwritten sounds pretty stupid. I think itâ€™s very old school, and I think there needs to be a new school approach.â€
The Mets know they have quite the intense on-the-mound competitor in Syndergaard, and they hope to have him back soon.