New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard disputes that the conversation he had regarding Wilson Ramos was ‘livid.’
This week, reports came out that New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard had a private conversation with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. The reports stated that Thor was “livid,” with the conversation having to do with throwing to catcher Wilson Ramos. Apparently, Syndergaard prefers to pitch with Tomas Nido or René Rivera behind the plate.
After the fact, Van Wagenen denied that there was any sort of rift between Syndergaard and the team. And now, Thor is disputing the fact that he was “livid” within the conversation.
“The whole idea that we had a ‘livid’ — or I was livid — conversation was completely false,” Syndergaard told reporters on Tuesday, per ESPN. “We had a very cordial and adult conversation about the matter.
“As far as Wilson, nothing but respect for the guy and it doesn’t change our relationship…he busts his a– every day, I have ultimate respect for him. My only main concern was just having an open dialogue with (the) front office and coaching staff.”
It was initially unclear what the exact reasoning was for Thor preferring the other catchers over Ramos. Syndergaard set the record straight and said the issue had to do with himself and his comfort level.
“My initial frustration and why there were extreme splits with different catchers, more so of the matter is, it’s all on me. I’m just trying to look for the answer,” Syndergaard said. “…There’s a certain it factor, there’s a relationship — a symbiotic relationship — that (pitchers and catchers) can possess and it’s all about being comfortable out there.”
Syndergaard isn’t set to take the mound again until this Friday when the Mets take on the Dodgers at home. In his last start on Sunday against the Phillies (with Ramos behind the plate), Thor threw 5.0 innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs in a 10-7 loss.