A recent column in The Sporting News surmised that Mets manager Jerry Manuel’s penchant for calling out his players for various physical and mental mistakes could create unrest in the clubhouse. But a couple of the team’s stars said they haven’t heard any rumblings.
“I like playing for Jerry,” said David Wright, the leading All-Star votegetter among NL third basemen. “I think that’s false. He keeps us loose. He’ll joke around with us. But he’ll get on you, too, if you make a mistake.
“I think he’s done a phenominal job managing us through all the injuries. And I don’t think he’s ever thrown me under the bus. When I play bad, he says I play bad. When I play good, he says so. I haven’t heard anything about guys not liking Jerry.”
Gary Sheffield has never shied away from criticizing former managers, but even he said he’s on Manuel’s side.
“I think the players love playing for Jerry,” he said. “I think I speak for everyone here when I say that.”