Mets acting GM Zack Scott takeaways, including response to Pete Alonso's comments on baseball

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Zack Scott looking at reporter off camera at Citi Field, pink shirt
Zack Scott looking at reporter off camera at Citi Field, pink shirt

Zack Scott met with reporters on the grass at Citi Field ahead of Friday's matchup with the San Diego Padres.

Aside from giving updates on a number of injured players and discussing the Mets' potential for making a trade for starting pitching ahead of the deadline, Scott also talked about a number of other topics, including the "sticky situation" going on right now in MLB.

Here's a few takeaways from Scott on Friday:

On Pete Alonso's Theory about manipulated baseballs

"I didn’t know Pete was a conspiracy theorist, so it was interesting to learn that. Here’s the thing with the baseball: One, I don’t believe that that’s the case, that Major League Baseball is trying to put some members of the Players Association at a disadvantage. I think if you’re doing that, I don’t know what their incentive is, and they’re also helping some other players, so you can’t do one without the other. But the other thing I think, more importantly, is the way teams evaluate performance is relative to levels. So we’re not going to be fooled if offense is way up or way down. We’re going to look at players relative to how the league is playing as a whole, so it would have no influence on how players are valued or paid."

Evaluating players amid 'sticky stuff' ordeal

"It's challenging. We don't really know what guys are doing, even within our own organization versus outside -- or if they're doing anything at all. That's not something that's ever been broadcasted during all my years in baseball.

"How it's going to impact a guy's performance, there's an unknown there. For some guys, there probably won't be any effect and other guys it may be larger. But yeah, it's something we try to look at ... but until we get more clarity and guidance from MLB, in terms of what's allowable and what's not ... It makes it easier to be compliant."

The guidance he expects from MLB

"I just think clarity is important ... We're going to work within the parameters of the game to win, so how you set those doesn't really matter for me. You know, I want our product to be entertaining, so if there's changes to the game that make it more appealing to others, that's fine. We'll work within that. The key is to be fair across the board and be clear..."

On if he'd be ok with a universal legal substance

"Yeah, sure. If they decided to go to a standard, tacky baseball that’s made that way or there’s just one product that was approved, kind of like when we went through PEDs they decided to give you a list of things you could take and a list of things you can’t. I think if there was clarity like that, it would be helpful. Whatever they decide is totally fine. Our players will work within those guidelines."