A+: St. Lucie Mets 4, @ Brevard County Manatees  (MIL) 3 

Rehab-a-palooza.

SS Ronny Cedeno: 0-for-4, played all nine innings.

RHP Chris Young: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

I find the amount of attention and hope surrounding Young sort of comical. Look, I hope for the Mets' and Chris Young's sake that at age 33, he comes back, pitches well and stays healthy. However, the odds are decidedly against that. He made four starts in each of 2010 and 2011. In 2009, he ran a 5.21 ERA over 14 starts while calling Petco home with a 1.25 K/BB ratio (50 K/40 BB). He has not had an ERA+ better than 100 since 2008. I get that the question is not whether he's good or even league average, but really: is he a better option than Miguel Batista/Jeremy Hefner/Chris Schwinden.

LHP Adam Kolarek gave up his first two runs of the season in his 18th inning of work. He still owns a 28/3 K/BB ratio in 18.1 innings. Kolarek was the subject of Adam Rubin's profile at ESPNNY this week.

CF Cesar Puello was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, numbers nine and 10. The 21-year old is now up to .297/.343/.436 (good) with a 25/3 K/BB ratio (bad).

RF Cory Vaughn (.252/.336/.523) returned after missing two games with a bruised butt from sliding and was 0-for-4.

 

A: Savannah Sand Gnats 7, @ Hickory Crawdads (TEX) 2 Domingo Tapia: 5.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP. All three walks he issued came in the sixth inning, when he admitted after the game that he was "gassed" as he approached 90 pitches.

Gnats' manager Luis Rojas blamed the team's rally in the top of the sixth "Before the sixth inning, we thought that he would actually go out in the seventh. He was only at 63 pitches. But we scored three runs in the top of the sixth and he was sat down for a good 30 minutes. When he came out, he didn't have the same feel."

Tapia has a K/BB of 4.1 (29 K/7 BB) in 32 innings. And again, is sitting 95-98 mph with his sinker. Tapia is easily the player in my pre-season Top 41, who has increased the stock the most so far in 2012.

CF Travis Taijeron was 2-for-4 with a double to run his season line to .321/.444/.606 in 31 games as a 23-year old.

The Gnats' five doubles and five errors were both season-highs.

I did not think much of it when 3B Aderlin Rodriguez left Monday's game in the ninth inning after popping out in the bottom of the eighth. However, he sat in the Gnats' finale against Lakewood on Tuesday, and did not play Thursday. I am reasonably certain he took batting practice with the team on Tuesday. Hmm.

Tags: Domingo Tapia, Rehab, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest...


Oct. 13, 6:57 PM:

Carlos Beltran spoke with the media Saturday for the first time since the Mets interviewed him Thursday, as SNY's Andy Martino reported.

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As the Mets search for Mickey Callaway's replacement, find out who would be your perfect fit as manager.

Take the quiz below to find out which skipper would best suit what you think the team needs.

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After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest on candidate Mike Bell...


Oct. 13, 2:09 PM:

Bell will be interviewing with the Mets on Monday, but that might not be the only one he receives this offseason. 

The Pirates are also showing interest in the D-Backs director of player development, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

These three Mets didn't have strong seasons in 2019, but there's reason to believe that the trio could turn things around in 2020 and beyond ... 

Robinson Cano

It was a tale of two seasons for Cano, who is 36 years old, under contract the next four years and due just under $80 million. The problem is, given his 2018 suspension for PEDs, his age and his up-and-down 2019, it's almost impossible to know what to expect of him in 2020. 

He started well, hitting .270 with three home runs through the end of April, and then everything fell apart. He looked out of sync at the plate and totally out of gas during May and June. Then came random injuries, issues with Mickey Callaway about running out ground balls and what seemed like a a trip to the injured list caused partially by spite.

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Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets traded for Marcus Stroman in July and, with Jeff McNeil already wearing the No. 6 jersey the pitcher had with the Blue Jays, assigned him No. 7 instead.

Friday night, the Long Island native tweeted that he'll be clad in a new number when he takes the mound for the Mets in 2020. Though he didn't say what that number will be, he's making the switch to pay homage to a longtime Mets favorite, Jose Reyes.


Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

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Nobody I've talked to thinks the Mets are hiring either Mike Bell or Derek Shelton as their next manager, even if the two relative unknowns are getting in-person interviews with GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff. 

As one executive from an AL team put it, "Most teams in this situation brings in guys like this that don't have a real chance of getting the job." 

With that in mind, the early speculation around baseball, at least among the scouts and execs I've spoken to this week, is leaning heavily toward the Mets making the obvious move and making Joe Girardi their next manager, if he doesn't wind up in Chicago with the Cubs instead. 

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Next steps for Mets GM? 00:01:06
On the latest Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and John Harper discuss what moves may come next for GM Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets.

Doug Williams and John Harper drop an all-new Shea Anything podcast, as the Mets continue to move past Mickey Callaway and the 2019 season. The guys check in on the search for a new skipper and look back at the first year of Brodie Van Wagenen as GM.  

They also play GM themselves, suggesting what they would do about the starting rotation, the bullpen, and the team's defense heading into the Hot Stove season.

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso broke the MLB record for home runs by a rookie, after hitting 53 homers this season.

His performance throughout the season has now earned him Baseball America's 2019 Rookie of the Year after a unanimous vote. It's the first award among many that Alonso will likely receive in his career.

He broke the Mets all-time single-season home run record -- originally held by both Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran with 41 home runs. He passed the two former Mets with his 42nd home run on Aug. 27. Hundley had orginally set the record in 1996, while Beltran tied him in 2006.

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New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen during the MLB annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen during the MLB annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets and Brodie Van Wagenen are knee-deep in their search for a new manager after recently firing Mickey Callaway. However, they're not the only team looking for a new leader and coaching staff for next season.

In the last few weeks, seven other teams began the same process, including the Phillies, who fired Gabe Kapler on Thursday.

I recently surveyed my usual group of insiders, which includes a handful of front office executives, talent evaluators, agents and former players, to learn how each opening should be viewed by potential managerial candidates.

Here is the final collective rankings, including who each team is rumored to be reportedly interviewing and if they overlap with the Mets. I then give my predictions for how this game of managerial musical chairs will end...

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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

As the Mets managerial search rolls on, the team is also undergoing some changes in the front office.

SNY's Andy Martino has confirmed that field coordinator Kevin Morgan has resigned rather than be reassigned. Matt Ehalt of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report. 

Morgan, a highly respected organizational veteran, originally joined the Mets in 1998 as the team's assistant to the director of minor league Operations. From 2001-05, he served as the director of minor league operations. 

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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets and their fans were taken on an emotional roller coaster this past season, going from hopeful to hopeless, back to hopeful, then landing in a cold bucket of September reality.

"We're definitely not satisfied with where we're at," Michael Conforto told reporters after the team was eliminated from playoff contention on Sept. 25. "We want to play in October. That's the goal. I think we have the guys in here to do it. We have to put six months of baseball together and we didn't do that this year."

The bullpen has been the default answer when media and fans debate what the Mets need to improve when building a better team for 2020. However, for me, it's third on the list...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Tyler Bashlor, Walker Lockett, Matthew Cerrone
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Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina)
Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina)

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The most telling aspect of Joe Girardi's candidacy for Mets manager so far has probably been the enthusiasm of his former employers. If the Yankees did not feel a deep respect for Girardi, they would not be boosting him as wholeheartedly as they are.

It's not just Brian Cashman telling SNY's John Harper that he would "highly recommend" Girardi to anyone seeking a manager. It's the many other Yankees officials who, while focusing on their own team's postseason game planning, have taken time to compliment Girardi to reporters and wish him well in the Mets search.

Cashman and others have offered very strong references in private conversations with the Mets, according to people briefed on those conversations.

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Sep 29, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler (19) waits in the dugout for his players after loss to the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 29, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler (19) waits in the dugout for his players after loss to the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Add one more team to the great MLB manager search this offseason, as the Mets' rival Phillies fired Gabe Kapler after two seasons on the job. 

The Phillies were expected to be playoff contenders this season after adding the likes of Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura among others to their roster. However, they fell short of that goal, finishing an even .500 at 81-81 which was good for fourth in the NL East behind the Mets. 

With the firing, eight teams are now looking for a new manager, which means the race is on for the top candidates on the market. It doesn't help that the Phillies would obviously love to beat the Mets to one of those candidates, being in division. 

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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

As reports continue to abound regarding the Mets' managerial search, many of the names reported have been familiar ones, including Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter among others.

And with other names like Dusty Baker floating around as well, it appears that previous MLB managerial experience could go a long way in determining who the next Mets skipper will be. 

But an interesting name popped up on Wednesday, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Mike Bell is expected to receiver an in-person interview with the team.

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Cashman praises Joe Girardi 00:01:25
SNY's John Harper reports on BNNY that New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman would 'highly recommend' Joe Girardi to Mets for manager opening.

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Brian Cashman may have fired Joe Girardi two years ago, but he still speaks glowingly of the job the former manager did with the Yankees, and doesn't hesitate to recommend that the Mets hire him.

"When you're talking about somebody like Joe, he'd give you instant credibility," Cashman told SNY on Wednesday. "He's buttoned-up, ready to go, and proven successful in the largest market you can find. And he came out on top.

"He was here for 10 years, and some things have an expiration date, but that doesn't diminish the abilities the person possesses or the quality of work he provides. I highly recommend Joe to anybody, even our rivals, unfortunately."

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The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Asdrubal Cabrera, Nationals

Cabrera has played in four of the Nats' five playoff games heading into Wednesday's Game 5, starting two of those games. Overall, he's just 1-for-8 at the plate (.125 average) with two RBI. He did not play in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. His biggest moment of this postseason came in Game 2 of the NLDS, when he drove in an insurance run as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth inning of the Nats' 4-2 win.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

Bartolo Colon's life story is coming to a bookstore near you.

The former Cy Young winner and four-time All-Star announced on his Instagram account on Wednesday that he will be releasing a memoir titled, "Big Sexy: The Life and Times of Bartolo Colon," set to hit stores in April 2020. 

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Buck Showalter
Buck Showalter

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The consensus on Buck Showalter as a potential Mets' managerial candidate comes from interviews with scouts, executives, and media members who all know him well, and it is straightforward: his attention to detail, in-game managing, and knack for having his team prepared is all second to none.

But…

He wants to do it his way, which can mean everything from input into personnel decisions to potential clashes over the level of day-to-day front-office involvement that characterized Brodie Van Wagenen's first year as GM. 

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Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) plays the field during a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) plays the field during a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have some good representation in the Appalachian League this fall, and Baseball America is recognizing two of the club's prospects as the top players in the league. 

Francisco Alvarez, a 17-year-old catcher, and the Mets' first-round draft pick this year in Brett Baty were ranked the league's No. 1 and No. 2 prospects respectively. 

Alvarez is the Mets' top catching prospect and the fifth overall prospect in the organization. He also cracked the publication's Top 100 list Back in September. Signing with the Mets for $2.7 million back in 2018, Alvarez hit .312/.407/.510 with seven homers and 26 RBI in 42 games at both levels of rookie ball this season. 

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Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

It didn't end the way we hoped, but the Mets' 2019 was nevertheless a year to remember...

MVP and Rookie of the Year

Pete Alonso

It can be argued that Jacob deGrom is the MVP. However, Alonso's impact was undeniable.

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Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)
Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Carlos Beltran-as-Mets-manager speculation has now grown legs and turned into an actual story.

Mets officials have been doing background work on Carlos Beltran in recent days, trying to determine if he is ready to be a manager, according to major league sources.

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The Boston Red Sox moved on from their president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski, last month. As their search for a replacement continues, one Mets front office member had his name thrown into the discussion.

The Boston Globe reports that Mets vice president Allard Baird will get a "long look" from the Red Sox in regard to the vacant role. Baird is also listed as the Mets' assistant general manager of scouting and player development. 

Baird is a relatively new member of the Mets' front office as he was brought on by general manager Brodie Van Wagenen last offseason.

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New York Mets' Carlos Beltran takes off running after hitting a three run homer during the first inning of their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York (AP Photo/Ed Betz)
New York Mets' Carlos Beltran takes off running after hitting a three run homer during the first inning of their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

Carlos Beltran is a candidate to replace Mickey Callaway as the new manager of the Mets, with Beltran saying Sunday that he would "have to listen" if he were to be contacted about the opportunity.

While the 42-year-old could have a future in the Mets' dugout, he also left a huge mark as a player in Queens from 2005 to 2011, when he was arguably the best two-way player the Mets ever had.

Beltran retired after the 2017 season, finishing with a .279/.350/.486 triple slash to go along with 435 homers, 565 doubles, 312 stolen bases, and 1,587 RBI. During his prime, Beltran was also one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball. Add it all up, and he has a great case for election to the Hall of Fame. So which cap would he want on his plaque?

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Danny Abriano
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets had a roller coaster season -- again. They took us from optimism to the morgue, back to the peak of hope and then to a slow stop before the end of September.

It wasn't all for nothing, though. If Brodie Van Wagenen, his staff and players can learn from the following five lessons from this past season, they stand a better chance of success in 2020.

Don't panic, the Wild Card is wild

The no-name Brewers finished with the 10th-worst ERA and FIP and were the sixth-lowest scoring team in the National League. However, because they caught fire at the right time, they ran past the Mets and four other teams during September to win the second Wild Card spot.

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Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) before game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) before game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Being a manager in New York is a unique animal. It's a totally different gig than can be found in another market and certainly isn't for the faint of heart.

To be successful and survive in this town, which has two baseball teams -- one of which is the most successful in sports history -- it's my contention that the manager must have had previous success in front of New York fans and/or experience as a big-league manager.

It also helps if the person is battle-tested in front of dozens of local reporters, enters with a strong relationship with members of the media or has experience working on-air, such as Aaron Boone.

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Pete Alonso just wrapped up one of the most incredible rookie seasons in the history of baseball.

The Mets' first baseman blasted 53 home runs, the most ever by a rookie, surpassing Aaron Judge's previous record of 52 in 2017.
He finished the year with 53 home runs, 120 RBI, and a .260 averaging, making the NL Rookie of the Year Award a virtual lock.

On Friday, Alonso stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to prove that there's, in fact, nothing that he can't hit.

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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

One day after being relieved of his managerial duties by the Mets, Mickey Callaway told Tim Healey of Newsday that he was "disappointed by the decision (of the Mets) to move on" and that the firing stung, but that he's proud of what he accomplished during his time in New York -- with the Mets in a better spot than they were before he was hired.

"I too am in a better spot because of this experience, and am excited about where my next landing spot will be in this baseball world," Callaway said in a statement to Newsday. "These two years have humbled me, educated me, matured me, and motivated me all at the same time."

Read Callaway's full statement here.

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway in the dugout before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway in the dugout before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Mets manager Mickey Callaway could potentially find a soft landing.

Callaway, who was relieved of his duties by the Mets on Thursday, "could be a candidate" to replace outgoing Phillies pitching coach Chris Young, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.

Callaway was the pitching coach for the Indians from 2013 to 2017, overseeing a staff that included Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer

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Mets legend Ed Kranepool discusses how baseball is like a marathon, and how having a positive attitude is crucial in the game and in life.

Mets legend Ed Kranepool discusses how baseball is like a marathon, and how having a positive attitude is crucial in the game and in life.

"I was taught from baseball to be a positive person, I think it's helped me later on in life," Kranepool explained. "Baseball is a marathon. It's not the guys that win at the end of the first week. You got to go a lot of weeks during the course of the season. Remember you can fail seven out of ten times in sports, especially in baseball, and go to the Hall of Fame. You're a .300 hitter. That's only three out of 10 that you're successful. So you really have to prepare yourself every day to battle it."

He added: "When you have a bad day, leave it at the ballpark. Don't take it home. You strive tomorrow to improve yourself."

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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

After two years at the helm, Mickey Callaway was relieved of his duties as Mets manager on Thursday. After making the decision, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen talked about the managerial search and much more...


Van Wagenen discussed the decision to move on from Callaway and said the team already has an "expansive" list of potential replacements that they'll begin reaching out to in the coming days >> Read more

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon talked about the Mets' unfulfilling season, saying "It hurts watching those games on TV right now" >> Read more

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Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) takes batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) takes batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Carlos Beltran has support throughout Brodie Van Wagenen's front office, and is one of the many names on their current list of potential managers, according to people close to both player and GM.

Beltran, 42, interviewed to manage the Yankees in 2017 just two weeks after winning a World Championship with the Astros and officially retiring as a player. He was later named a special adviser to Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

I loved Beltran as a player. He's largely misunderstood and under-appreciated, which is why he'll always be one of my favorites to ever wear a Mets uniform. However, this is also why I'm both leery and intrigued.

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Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After the Mets announced on Thursday that the team had relieved manager Mickey Callaway of his duties, GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon discussed the move and answered questions on a conference call with media.

Van Wagenen gave some insight on the team's trade for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano from the Seattle Mariners on Dec. 3, 2018.

"From my standpoint on the Diaz and the Cano trade, I would say first off that every move that we made last off-season and hopefully every move we'll make going forward is rooted in wanting to win in this current season, and wanting to continue to win in subsequent seasons," Van Wagenen said.

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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In the end, Mickey Callaway gave the Mets no choice. The in-game mistakes continued to be too glaring for a team that expects to contend next season, and so GM Brodie Van Wagenen made the proper call by firing his manager with a year remaining on the contract.

Sure, you can make the case that Callaway was sabotaged by the back end of the bullpen, and could well have guided the Mets to the playoffs with even decent seasons from Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia.

But that would have been overlooking Callaway's obvious flaws. In year two on the job, he simply offered no indication that he was ever going to develop the feel that good managers have for situations, for strategy, for everything that goes with making important decisions and explaining them afterward.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, John Harper
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Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard's name was out there in trade rumors last offseason and again this past season, and Edwin Diaz joined him in the rumor mill during the summer. But don't expect their names to be out there this winter.

Speaking Thursday after discussing the decision to move on from manager Mickey Callaway, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- unprompted -- all but guaranteed that Syndergaard and Diaz will be on the Mets when the 2020 season begins. 

"I know it hasn't been asked necessarily, but there's been speculation that we would be trading some of the players off of our roster," Van Wagenen said. "Two in particular that were talked heavily about at the trade deadline I presume we'll be asked about here in the offseason. But before all those questions come I think this group should be aware that Edwin Diaz is gonna be on our team next year. That's our full expectation. And Noah Syndergaard is gonna be on our team next year."

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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon didn't just discuss why they decided to move on from Mickey Callaway as their manager. They also highlighted what they though about the 2019 Mets season as a whole. 

It obviously wasn't the result Van Wagenen, Wilpon, or anyone inside the organization wanted to see. Their second-half surge was all for naught, falling short of the second Wild Card spot. And though they were 10 games over .500, the Mets still finished third in their division behind the Braves and Nationals -- both postseason teams. 

To fall short yet again of a playoff berth, especially with the expectations the franchise set for themselves this season, had Wilpon describe the season like this: 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Van Wagenen, Wilpon on Callaway 00:03:20
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon address the media on their decision to fire manager Mickey Callaway

Shortly after the Mets announced Thursday that they had relieved manager Mickey Callaway of his duties with one year remaining on his contract, GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon discussed the move and what will come next.

After multiple days of organizational meetings, Van Wagenen and Wilpon traveled to Callaway's home in Florida to have what Van Wagenen termed "open dialogue" and inform him of the decision to move on. Decisions have not yet been made on Callaway's coaching staff.

"We arrived at the decision really after multiple meetings between myself and Jeff, between some of the senior leaders in our baseball operations department -- including Omar (Minaya) and Allard (Baird) -- meetings with Fred (Wilpon) and meetings with Mickey as well," Van Wagenen explained during a conference call with reporters.

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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and New York Mets bench coach Jim Riggleman (50) and New York Mets third base coach Gary Disarcina (10) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and New York Mets bench coach Jim Riggleman (50) and New York Mets third base coach Gary Disarcina (10) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets relieved manager Mickey Callaway of his duties on Thursday, and the club will also not be retaining bench coach Jim Riggleman, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

GM Brodie Van Wagenen said during a conference call earlier Thursday that decisions on the coaching staff would be made on a case-by-case basis.

The 66-year-old Riggleman was brought on last offseason in part to help Callaway with the strategic ins and outs in-game. He replaced Gary Disarcina, who became the Mets' third base coach when Van Wagenen reorganized the team's coaching staff.

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Moving on from Mickey 00:04:36
After two seasons, the Mets have moved on from Mickey Callaway, announcing on Thursday that the manager has been relieved of his duties.

The Mets have relieved manger Mickey Callaway of his duties, the team announced Thursday.

"We want to thank Mickey for his consistent work ethic and dedication over the last two seasons and I'm certain these characteristics will serve him well in his next opportunity," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. "A decision like this is never easy, however, we believe it is in the best interest of the franchise at this time."

The 44-year-old Callaway, who was hired before the 2018 season, was under contract through the 2020 season.

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Mets higher-ups weren't talking publicly earlier this week about potential replacements for Mickey Callaway, but that doesn't mean we couldn't dig around with other sources. Folks in the game had anticipated this managerial opening for months, so there was no shortage of conversation around the subject.

Here's some reporting on a variety of potential candidates to replace Callaway, who the Mets announced was relieved of his duties Thursday. This list is not intended to be comprehensive. We're only presenting candidates here on whom we have a concrete nugget of information.

Joe Girardi

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New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Attendance around the MLB was down as a whole this year. 

But not at Citi Field. 

Looking at the total attendance numbers with the MLB regular season done, the Mets actually saw an increase in the fans heading to the ballpark.

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Ed Kranepool: A life in baseball 00:00:48
Mets legend Ed Kranepool discusses how baseball is like a marathon, and how having a positive attitude is crucial in the game and in life.

Mets legend Ed Kranepool discusses how baseball is like a marathon, and how having a positive attitude is crucial in the game and in life.

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Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil had surgery for the fractured wrist he suffered during the last week of the season, posting an upbeat message on Instagram afterwards:

"Surgery went great!! Looking forward to coming back stronger than ever in 2020!! Thank you mets fans for all the support! #lgm #lfgm #mets"

 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Game 2 of the ALCS (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Game 2 of the ALCS (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)

Joe Girardi said Wednesday during an appearance on 670 The Score in Chicago that "any job out there is going to interest me, because I want to manage again," adding that he has "a lot of ties to Chicago."

The Mets job could open up in the coming days if the team parts ways with Mickey Callaway. Aside from the Mets possibly looking for a replacement, the Cubs, Angels, and Padres are among the teams searching for a new manager. 

SNY's Andy Martino reported over the summer that the Mets have done background work on Girardi. Martino reported Tuesday that the team has expressed private concerns about Girardi's sometimes tense demeanor with players and media, but are drawn to his skill, intelligence and experience, adding that Girardi wants to manage again and would consider the Mets.

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Rain Delay Theater: The Podcast is joined by a Mets legend, as Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo are joined by former Met and current SNY broadcaster Keith Hernandez! Keith opens up about how influential his father was on the type of ballplayer he would become as well as which Met he thought was crucial to their World Series success in 1986.

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Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) fields a ground ball in the second inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) fields a ground ball in the second inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets prospects David Peterson and Andres Gimenez are both continuing their 2019 seasons in the Arizona Fall League, which is made up of many of the best and most advanced prospects in baseball. And they're excelling while playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Peterson, the Mets' No. 7 prospect and No. 2 ranked pitching prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has yet to allow a run in two AFL starts.

The 24-year-old left-hander fired 3.0 scoreless innings on Sept. 21 while allowing one hit, walking one and striking out four in his first start. On Sept. 28, he tossed 3.1 scoreless innings while allowing four hits, walking three and striking out four.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Danny Abriano
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Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters at the Winter Meetings last offseason that he wanted to acquire a tried-and-true, everyday center fielder. He went so far as to mention then-free agent A.J. Pollock by name when indicating the type of player he felt the team needed.

In the end, Pollock inked a five-year deal to join the Dodgers, while the Mets mostly used Juan Lagares in center field this season (where he was worth -2 DRS) while also giving time to Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, and others.

If the Mets are again in the market for a center fielder this offseason, the Red Sox could come into play...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom
Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Rarely has a season ended with such a strong feeling about what might have been. The Mets went 46-26 in the second half, looking every bit the part of a playoff team with Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson doing the heavy lifting at the back end of the bullpen.

Yet they were realistically out of the Wild Card chase with a week to go in the season, and they weren't even close in the NL East, 11 games behind the first-place Braves and seven back of the Nationals.

It's no mystery as to what went wrong, of course, most of it during a 40-50 first half. Edwin Diaz set a major-league record by giving up 15 ninth-inning home runs, while Jeurys Familia allowed 42 walks in 60 innings -- the two of them turning the Mets' bullpen into a dumpster fire for much of the season.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Eamon's 1-on-1 with Pete Alonso 00:02:49
SNY's Eamon McAnaney talks with Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and discusses his 9/11 Memorial and Museum donation.

When the anniversary of the horrific 9/11 attacks comes around each MLB season, it is always a special night for the Mets. Pete Alonso has never experienced it in New York before, which is why he wanted to make a statement this season when he wore custom cleats commemorating the date. 

Those cleats -- along with a custom bat -- were donated by Alonso to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on Tuesday. 

"To have the cleats that you had designed for this anniversay of 9/11, with all of the symbolism attached to that and the cooperation of your teammates in wearing them on the anniversary is such a meaningful gesture of remembrance and respect," Alice M. Greenwald, the President and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, said at the event. "I think everyone across the country was moved by it."

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Starling Marte (Charles LeClaire)
Starling Marte (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets' roster entering the 2020 season might look very similar to the one they currently have. But there are some key areas where they could use improvement.

New York ranked near the bottom of the league in 2019 in overall DRS, and adding a center fielder with the ability to at least be average defensively could go a long way toward improving the team's defense.

As presently constituted, the Mets' outfield heading into 2020 is J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto from left to right, with Jeff McNeil sliding to third base.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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