PORT ST. LUCIE — New manager Mickey Callaway talked to the media Tuesday afternoon, discussing everything from pitching to the leadoff hitter.


Here’s some of what he had to say about the Mets:


On bullpen by committee…


“(They said) ‘I do not care when we pitch, I just want to win a game.'”


“There’s no egos in there, they just want to win ballgames.”

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On pitchers being aggressive…


“This is the best group of arms and stuff I’ve ever seen from top to bottom…. We believe in atatcking hitters. If you can be efficient, you can pitch longer.”


On pitching coach Dave Eiland…


“He’s one of the best and has won two world championships for a reason.”


On if Callaway has to convince players they’re going to contend this season…


“They look to their left, and they look to their right and they know they can contend. We have the players that can do it. It has become very evident in my time here at Port St. Luice… it is very evident that we are prepared in every way to go out there and do something special. If we do not do things, it’s going to be on me. The front office has gotten us the players, the coaching staff is the best coaching staff in the big leagues.”


On leadoff hitter…


“I’m not quite sure who’s gong to be leading off I think we need to spend a lot of time with these guys to evaluate them the right way…. It’s probably the most perplexing thing I’ve thought about so far.”

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On Mets pitchers staying healthy…


“What we do expect is for them to have processes and routines that are gonna give them the best chance to throw as many innings as possible and that’s what we’re going to hold them accountable for.”


On the first base situation…


“The expectation for Dom is to do everything he possibly can to be on the major league team. Adrian Gonzalez is going to be one of the most prepared guys you have ever seen, and has already expressed his willingness  to mentor Dom Smith.”


On David Wright…


“I think that obviously I’m going to have a good relationship or try to have the best relationship I possibly can with everybody on the team, whether it’s our seventh outfielder on the depth chart or David Wright. I’m going to communnicate with them. I’m definitely gonna communicate with David. I’m going to lean on him at times to help us with what we’re trying to accomplish as a culture. As far as his work goes, he’s still in the rehab process and that is something that takes place with the trainers and guys like that. So we’re going to let him do his best job to get ready for the season and go from there.”

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