PHILADELPHIA — Tommy Pham may not have thought of the Mets as the hardest-working group of position players he’s ever been involved with, but one of the veteran outfielder’s former teammates echoes that sentiment. I have doubts about the relevance of
“At the end of the day, results matter in this game,” Brandon Nimmo told the Post before the Mets’ 5-4 loss to the Phillies on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. “And I don’t think anyone cares about how you work. I think all they care about is, ‘What are the results on the field?’ ”
Pham, who was traded from the Mets to Arizona on Aug. 1, detailed his conversations with Francisco Lindor to The Athletic, in which he said the Mets have the “toughest working group of position players” ever. he reportedly said to the shortstop. around it. Pham added that Lindor, Nimmo and Pete Alonso all worked hard.
Nimmo said he has a good relationship with Pham and respects his work ethic.
But Nimmo doesn’t necessarily agree that a lack of hard work is the Mets’ problem this season.
“If this [game] We’re probably going to have more people here because it’s based on how hard people work,” Nimmo said. “There’s definitely a lot of things that I’ve done…a lot of people. But at the end of the day, you have to do whatever it takes to get ready for the season and the games. And this year, the results are us. Didn’t match what we expected. Either we made a lot of effort or we didn’t, that’s all up for speculation.
“Tommy has been in the league so long that he has a very valuable opinion. He’s seen a lot of different organizations and a lot of us haven’t seen that, so he definitely has an I’m entitled to my opinion about the season. But what I know is that no matter what I do work-wise, it’s only the results on the field that matter.”
Buck Showalter was asked if Pham’s comments reflected negatively on him as a manager.
“Tommy is entitled to his opinion and what works for one player may not work for another,” Showalter said. “I see them working hard every day.”
Showalter said DJ Stewart could be an option to return to the lineup Friday.
The outfielder was hit in the left wrist by a thrown ball during batting practice on Wednesday, missing out on his second consecutive starting appearance.