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Adam Rubin Walks Away From Mets Beat

He wasn’t always well liked.

He wasn’t even always well respected.

But still, for the last 15 years, Adam Rubin has been synonymous with the New York Mets beat. In a tweet posted on Monday morning, Rubin announced that he was leaving the field of journalism in favor of a new venture.

Rubin has been vague about the details of his new job, stating that he would provide further information in the future. The move came as a shock to both journalists and Mets fans all over the baseball world, as Rubin had built a solid reputation as as valuable source for knowledge and insight into the Mets organization.

Rubin, a Long Island native, spent the first 13 years of his career on the Mets beat writing for the New York Daily News. He signed on with ESPN in the same capacity in 2013.

Since becoming a beat writer for the Mets, Rubin has become recognized for his thin skin and tendency to battle with followers on Twitter. He often found himself spending too much time in his mentions tab, arguing with folks about his own merits as well as the actual team he covered. Rubin often blocked Twitter users at an alarming clip subsequent to receiving harsh criticisms.

Fans often point to one particular incident in 2009, when Rubin ran himself into an awkward situation with then Mets General Manager Omar Minaya at a press conference to announce the firing of assistant GM, Tony Bernazard.

Rubin reported that Bernazard had recently gone on a rampage, challenging players in the Mets minor league system to a brawl and removing his shirt. Minaya did not take kindly to this report.

At the press conference, Minaya took a direct shot at Rubin in his opening remarks.

“Coming from Adam Rubin, okay, and Adam…you have to understand this,” said Minaya. “Adam, for the past couple of years, has lobbied for a player development position. He has lobbied myself, he has lobbied Tony. So when these things came out, I was a little bit…I had to think about it. And I was a little bit, somewhat…we have to really find out about this. We really have to do a thorough investigation of this.”

Rubin fired back at Minaya, asking, “Is what you’re alleging that I tried to tear Tony down to take his job, is that what you’re saying?”

“No, I’m not saying that. I’m saying that in the past, you have lobbied for a role in player development in the past,” answered Minaya.

Rubin then questioned Minaya as to how, even if he had lobbied for a role in player development, that would impact the Bernazard situation at all. Minaya responded by again insinuating that Rubin had intentionally tried to disparage the reputation of Bernazard.

Rubin then went to the press, admitting that he had spoken to both Minaya and Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon about ways to get into a baseball front office. Wilpon had even offered Rubin an opportunity to sit down and speak about how to enter a front office, but the beat reporter said he turned this meeting down. Rubin was “flabbergasted” by Minaya’s allegations.

Yet undeniably, Rubin handled the situation with absolute poise. When Minaya decided to call out Rubin in the press room, Rubin did not panic. Though he did admit to lobbying for a role in the organization, Rubin somehow turned a scenario that put his own legitimacy into question and instead made Minaya look like the petty bully.

And in speaking to his fellow reporters following the incident, Rubin calmly and eloquently described his point of view.

This feud captures the Adam Rubin experience on a macro level.

Did Rubin totally evade controversy? No.

Was Rubin able to avoid scrutiny by his peers and fans of the Mets? No.

But did Rubin handle himself in a professional and articulate manner? Unequivocally, yes.

It’s unsure where exactly Rubin is headed. And yet we still know that no matter what responsibilities his next job will hold, and it is almost definitely still a role in baseball, he will carry himself with dignity.

During his time as a Mets beat writer, Rubin was a hard worker. He was a phenomenal source of information for Mets fans with a seemingly endless supply of insight into the inner workings of the organization. Rubin was the go to source for all things Mets, and no matter the relationship he had with the fans of the team, he will be missed.

Rubin’s foray into the public relations field is an honorable endeavor. He could have lived comfortably in his established role as a beat reporter. Instead, Rubin will challenge himself. Our team at Baseknock MLB wishes him good luck.

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Max is a student at Saint Joseph's University where he is a Communication Studies major. He is a contributing writer for Baseknock MLB and the host of the Payoff Pitch Podcast, which airs every Tuesday morning.

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