Alex Cora has had plenty to say about his time with the Mets since he was released by the team last week.
He’s been making the rounds on sports talk radio, and yesterday he shed some light during an appearance on the Boomer & Carton show on WFAN.
Like the professional that he is, Cora had no hard feelings against his former team who released him just before a $2 million dollar option was going to kick in.
“Let’s be honest, I’m hitting .207 and in sports you have to perform. When you hit .207 … they obviously expected a little bit more and that comes with the territory. And they also wanted to see the young kids perform.”
When asked what he thought was wrong with the Mets, Cora shed some light on the inconsistent play and how the team reacts after a win or loss.
“I think winning teams try to find that middle part where you are consistent. Like you win today, but you turn the page and you do it again tomorrow. Or you lose today and go after it real hard the next day. Until they find that point where they lose and can put it behind them, they will be inconsistent.”
Since June 23rd, not only have the Mets failed to win back to back games, but they have gone 12-24, the second worst mark in the majors. The worst? The Seattle Mariners who just cleaned house and fired their manager and coaches.
“We just didn’t hit. You can tell it was hard for us to show up and push it. It’s not that we quit, but it was very hard to keep that level of consistency that winning teams have.”
The most compelling part of the interview came when he was asked to comment on the core of the team.
“The core of the team is Jose Reyes and David Wright. They are both still young and learning, but they need to play harder and become leaders. Young guys like Tejada, Davis and Thole need leaders that they can look up to. Beltran is entering his final year, and Bay hasn’t been with the team long enough. David and Reyes have to evolve. They are now the veterans and they need to understand what that means.”
Cora also weighed in on Oliver Perez saying that he needs to help the team and get to work and reinvent himself. Regarding Luis Castillo, he said that Castillo needs to embrace his role as a backup and be a mentor for Ruben Tejada.
Pretty smart guy…