Alderson had no interest in Wally Backman replacing Collins

Earlier this year, former Mets minor-league manager Wally Backman accused Mets GM Sandy Alderson of blackballing him after Backman was fired the previous October. Nevertheless, when it was announced in early-October that the Mets would begin searching for a new manager, Backman contacted Alderson in hopes of being considered a candidate, a source recently told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert. However, according to Ackert's source, Alderson was not interested and simply replied to Backman's e-mail with what read like a generic thanks-but-no-thanks response. During his press conference to announce Mickey Callaway as the team's new manager, Alderson said he and his front office started their

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This post was written by SNY on October 31, 2017

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Mets release outfielder Aoki

Mets 2B prospect Luis Guillorme and C prospect Tomas Nido will represent the organization on this year's Arizona Fall League All-Star team. Guillorme, 23, who Baseball America considers the organization's 11th-best prospect, is 10 for 26 (.385 average) in six games for the AFL's Scottsdale Scorpions.   "At every stop (in the minor leagues), he's showed off quick hands and even quicker reflexes in the course of making highlight-reel play after highlight-reel play," BA's Josh Norris wrote earlier this month. "Now, with his reputation as a defender rock-solid, he's working hard during the six-week Arizona Fall League season to become more of a threat at the plate as well." In 128 games with Double-A

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This post was written by SNY on October 30, 2017

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Matz primed for bounce-back season under Callaway’s wing

Mets LHP Steven Matz said he was excited to hear from the team's new manager, Mickey Callaway, who last week began contacting players to introduce himself. "He's a real enthusiastic guy and seems to know pitching really well," Matz told Newsday's Kenny DeJean this past weekend. "He did a great job with Cleveland." Matz also told DeJean that he feels good and plans to soon pick up a baseball for the first time since having season-ending elbow surgery in August. The surgery, which repositioned the ulnar nerve in his left elbow, should eliminate the increasing irritation Matz experienced during 2017. It is the same surgery Jacob deGrom had done in 2016, which he says helped him to make 31 starts

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This post was written by SNY on October 30, 2017

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Phillies reportedly expected to name Kapler next manager

The Mets introduced Mickey Callaway as their new manager earlier this week at Citi Field. The NY Post and Daily News each recently published outstanding, detailed profiles on Callaway that look at his upbeat personality, authenticity, his views on coaching, his start in baseball and what to expect from him as manager of the Mets. "I don't think Mickey's ever had a bad day in life, because he's so positive in everything," former big-leaguer and Callaway teammate, David Dellucci, told the NY Post's Zach Braziller. "He has such a positive outlook on life. ... There will not be any question where these individuals stand with him and he's going to back his players 100 percent. There's no question

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This post was written by SNY on October 29, 2017

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World Series Game 3 Ratings Down From 2016 Highs

Last night’s World Series Game 3 in Houston, won by the home team and giving the Astros a 2-1 lead over the LA Dodgers, drew a 10.4 household rating in the metered markets. That was down -16% from last year’s highly-rated third game between Indians –

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This post was written by Deadline on October 28, 2017

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The Mets aren’t the only team in need of a pitching coach

Several teams have begun to hire pitching coaches for the 2018 season, while the Mets are still looking to replace Dan Warthen. It was reported Thursday that the Cardinals plan to hire Mike Maddux to fill their vacancy, the Twins have reached agreement with Garvin Alston, the Cubs hired Jim Hickey and the Indians will hire Carl Willis to replace Mickey Callaway, who was introduced as the new manager of the Mets earlier this week. The Mets began interviewing potential candidates this week, a team source told the New York Post's Mike Puma. According to Puma, the Mets continue to view former Yankees and Royals coach Dave Eiland as a possible candidate. Earlier this month, Puma reported that Mets

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This post was written by SNY on October 27, 2017

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Report: Mets seem likely to lose Kevin Long

After losing out on the Mets' managerial job, Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is "more likely than not to switch teams," reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The Nationals were recently given permission by the Mets to interview Long for their managerial vacancy, according to the Washington Post's Barry Svrluga. The Yankees' managerial job is also open, after the team parted ways with Joe Girardi on Thursday. Long served as hitting coach for the Yankees from 2007 to 2014. The Phillies manager job is technically open, but multiple reports indicate the team is set to hire Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan. In addition to the open managerial gigs, there are numerous hitting coach jobs open throughout the

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This post was written by SNY on October 26, 2017

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SNY’s Meet the MetsCast talks Mickey Callaway

The Mets introduced Mickey Callaway as their new manager earlier this week at Citi Field. The NY Post and Daily News each recently published outstanding, detailed profiles on Callaway that look at his upbeat personality, authenticity, his views on coaching, his start in baseball and what to expect from him as manager of the Mets. "I don't think Mickey's ever had a bad day in life, because he's so positive in everything," former big-leaguer and Callaway teammate, David Dellucci, told the NY Post's Zach Braziller. "He has such a positive outlook on life. ... There will not be any question where these individuals stand with him and he's going to back his players 100 percent. There's no question

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This post was written by SNY on October 26, 2017

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Pitch back: Willis returns to Indians as pitching coach

Carl Willis had other job offers, none like the one with the Indians. Following two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Willis has been hired by Cleveland to replace Mickey Callaway, who helped mold one of baseball's best pitching staffs before leaving to manage the New York Mets. This will be the second stint in Cleveland for Willis, who was contacted by several other teams.

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This post was written by The Associated Press on October 26, 2017

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The NL East is a bit of a mess

The NL East will feature three new managers next season, one of whom will inheret the division's winner from each of the previous two seasons. Meanwhile, though the other two teams aren't changing managers, one team was sold and about to dump its best players, and the other team is being investigated for tinkering with the international free agent market. Nationals (97-65, First Place) The Nationals are actively looking for a new manager after announcing they are moving on from Dusty Baker, who won 192 games and two division titles in two years at the helm. They reportedly received permission to interview Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, whose current contract expires with the Mets at the end of

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This post was written by SNY on October 26, 2017

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