Meet the Mets
We received the first real rumblings about the Mets’ search for a coaching staff to support rookie manager Carlos Beltran, as Jon Heyman reported that former Reds manager and Diamondbacks bench coach Jerry Narron will receive an interview with the club for the bench coach position.
One person who’s excited to see Carlos Beltran assume the manager role for the Mets: Edwin Diaz, who will be looking to rebound from a disastrous debut season with the team.
Joe DeMayo over at Metsblog identified three under-the-radar prospects that are worth keeping an eye on heading into 2020.
There are some questions that Brodie Van Wagenen is going to have to answer at the upcoming GM Meetings.
Dominican Summer League prospect Amaury Pereya has been suspended for 72 games after violating the league’s drug policy for testing positive for Stanozolol.
Around the National League East
After he pitched well in a brief stint with the club this season, the Braves announced that they’ve signed veteran reliever Darren O’Day to a one-year, $2.25 million contract with a 2021 club option for $3.5 million.
The Phillies are one of the teams who are showing early interest in free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson. It remains to be seen, however, how much the qualifying offer will limit the Phillies’ interest in him and other free agents who received it.
Around Major League Baseball
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
The A Pod of Their Own crew discussed the hiring of Beltran and chatted with the Daily News’ Bradford William Davis on this week’s episode.
Was Donnie Hart a pitcher who actually took the mound for the Mets this season? Jack McLoone explored this fascinating mystery.
Steve Sypa continued his list of the best minor league hitters he saw in the Mets system in 2019, with infielder Jaylen Palmer coming in at number six.
In anticipation of his return to the Mets dugout, David Capobianco looked back on Beltran’s top ten moments during his time playing for the team.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1978, the Mets announced that M. Donald Grant—the board chairman who infamously drove Tom Seaver out of New York and made several other ill-fated moves which left the team as basement dwellers in the standings—would be stepping down at the end of the year. Mets fans rejoiced at the knowledge that their team’s front office would forevermore be rid of arrogant blowhards who knew nothing about how to run a baseball team.