Mets player flips out after being optioned to Triple A
Jordany Valdespin of the New York Mets, either really hates playing Triple A ball, or just doesn’t like Las Vegas. The 26 year-old utilityman was in a 2-for-36 slump before Mets’ manager Terry Collins decided the team would be sending him back to Triple A Las Vegas. Then came the fireworks.
When manager Terry Collins informed Jordany Valdespin that the Mets had decided to option him to Triple-A Las Vegas Saturday night, the exuberant utilityman snapped in anger in the visitors’ clubhouse at PNC Park, yelling furiously while his startled teammates looked on, according to two people who witnessed the episode.
Bullpen coach Ricky Bones had to calm Valdespin down, according to one witness.
“He’s not helping himself,” one person said of Valdespin. “Everyone gets upset when that happens. But you just need to shut up and pack your bags.”
Valdespin is cementing himself as a loose-cannon which may impede him from ever being able to live up to his potential. Valdespin has had previous temper related issues as well. As a rookie, Valdespin became furious at teammates after they played a joke on him. More recently, Valdespin was plunked by the Pittsburgh Pirates for admiring a home run he hit while the Mets were being routed.
“He still doesn’t get it,” another witness of Saturday night’s outburst said.
Valdespin, who was demoted to make room for reliever Scott Atchison, saw his playing time dwindle in recent weeks. When he did play, he struggled. He registered just two hits over his final 36 at-bats to drop his batting average to .188. His on-base-plus-slugging percentage stood at .566.