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The Mets have surprisingly eliminated Dough Melvin from contention for their general manager vacancy, leaving Chaim Bloom, the Rays’ vice president of baseball operations, and CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen. Both candidates opted not to speak with the media following their recent interviews.
First base coach Ruben Amaro Jr., formerly the general manager of the Phillies, once interviewed Bloom for a position in Philadelphia. He regrets not hiring him.
On Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League, prospect Peter Alonso ripped a ball 116.3 mph, per Statcast, which is harder than any Mets player has struck a bull since Statcast began tracking data in 2015. The rip dropped for a double. He also singled and hit his league-leading fourth home run.
Franklyn Kilome, the team’s fifth-ranked prospect, will miss 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Mets acquired the pitcher from the Phillies in a swap for Asdrubal Cabrera.
Around the National League East
Talking Chop reviewed the seasons of Tyler Flowers, Koby Allard, and Jose Ramirez (not that Jose Ramirez) on Thursday.
If the Marlins and J.T. Realmuto don’t come to an agreement on a contract extension, expect the team to trade the star catcher.
The Good Phight called for the Phillies to model their offense after that of the Red Sox.
Around Major League Baseball
Rawlings announced their three Gold Glove finalists at each position in each league. The Red Sox and Braves tied for the most finalists, with five apiece.
Boston, two wins away from a World Series title, has been unstoppable at the dish with two outs this postseason, scoring 36 of their 68 runs in such scenarios.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Not that Mets fans need to be reminded, but Jose Reyes was one of baseball’s least productive position players in 2018.
Lukas Vlahos covered the progress in the Mets’ search for a new GM.
Vasilis Drimalitis wrote up the unfortunate Kilome news.
This Date in Mets History
Down by two with two outs and a man on, Mike Piazza’s 400-foot fly ball in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2000 World Series was unfortunately launched to center, where it’d be caught by Bernie Williams as the Mets lost the game and the series.