Danny Abriano

Brooklyn, NY native. SJU alum, Writer, Editor. Beatlemaniac who plays drums, piano. 

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


Oct. 17, 1:10 PM:

Joe Girardi's interview with the Mets has already taken place, reports SNY's Andy Martino. 

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New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley updates his injury status and says that he will play Monday night against the New England Patriots.

Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley hasn't played since Week 1 due to a groin injury, but that streak will come to an end on Monday night against the Patriots. 

"I'm playing Monday night," he told reporters on Thursday.

Mosley participated in individual drills on Wednesday, and the update on him before Thursday's practice was even more promising from head coach Adam Gase.

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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)

Playing the 2019 minor league season as one of the youngest players in Double-A, Mets infield prospect Andres Gimenez underwhelmed, hitting just .250/.309/.387 in 117 games. His play in the Arizona Fall League has been a different story.

Now 21 years old (his birthday was Sept. 4), Gimenez is hitting his stride. 

Shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most promising prospects in baseball, Gimenez has been one of the best hitters in the AFL, slashing .352/.407/.556 with four doubles, two triples, one homer and two stolen bases in 14 games (54 at-bats).

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Oct 12, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning in game one of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )
Oct 12, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning in game one of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina )

With Game 4 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Astros rained out, there is an extra day of rest before the series resumes. But the status of injured Giancarlo Stanton was still cloudy when Aaron Boone spoke on Wednesday afternoon.

Boone said he wasn't sure if Stanton would be available to start on Thursday, adding that he believes he'll be available as a bench bat -- as he was in Games 2 and 3. Stanton did not pinch-hit in either game.

"I do believe we have his bat off the bench right now, Boone said.  "We'll continue to evaluate this as smartly as we can moving forward"

Asked at what point the Yankees would need to consider replacing Stanton on the ALCS roster, Boone responded by noting that since Stanton is available to hit, they don't feel like they're playing a man short.

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Justin Verlander (Thomas Shea)
Justin Verlander (Thomas Shea)

With Game 4 of the ALCS washed out as expected and set to be made up on Thursday night, the Astros have done the expected thing. And the expected thing could give them an advantage over the Yankees.

Manager A.J. Hinch said earlier this week that the likely plan was to have a bullpen game in Game 4. With the game moved back a day due to the postponement, Zack Greinke will move up and pitch Game 4 on regular rest (instead of Game 5) and Justin Verlander will pitch on regular rest in Game 5 (instead of Game 6).

"Very easy for us," Hinch said Wednesday during a conference call about the rotation changes. "It was our plan if this happened. ... JV on regular rest in Game 5 -- the sooner that we can use our best pitchers, the better for us. It was an easy decision."

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Giancarlo Stanton (Troy Taormina )
Giancarlo Stanton (Troy Taormina )

Giancarlo Stanton remained out of the Yankees' lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday after missing Sunday's Game 2 due to a quad injury, with manager Aaron Boone updating Stanton's clouded status before the game.

Before reaching the podium for his pregame press conference, Boone told reporters including Lindsey Adler of The Athletic that Stanton would "probably" be on the IL if it was the regular season.

Talking before the game about his injury, Stanton said he can hit but that playing the outfield is "the biggest question."

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets G Kelechi Osemele will have surgery to repair his injured shoulder, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

Osemele missed Week 5 and Week 6 due to the shoulder and a knee injury.

While this will hurt the Jets' depth, the team was considering the potential of replacing Osemele with Alex Lewis before the injury issues began, according to Vacchiano.

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Masahiro Tanaka (Troy Taormina )
Masahiro Tanaka (Troy Taormina )

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As things currently stand, the Yankees and Astros are both planning to have bullpen games on Wednesday in Game 4 of the ALCS. It looks like that game is in serious jeopardy of getting postponed, though, potentially opening the door for big rotation changes for both teams.

According to Accuweather, the forecast in the Bronx -- when the Yanks and Astros are set for first pitch at 8:08 p.m. on Wednesday -- calls for pretty steady rain between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday. 

If Game 4 is postponed, it will be pushed to Thursday at Yankee Stadium, followed by Game 5 on Friday (also at Yankee Stadium) and Game 6 (if necessary) on Saturday in Houston. Game 7 would take place on Sunday in Houston.

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General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)
General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

Here are the key 2019 MLB offseason dates, and how they impact the Yankees...


Day after World Series ends: Free agency begins

Before factoring in raises for arbitration, the Yankees already have a shade over $164 million committed to their payroll for 2020. But there is still room to spend, and there will be plenty of big names out there. 

Among the biggest names expected to hit the free agent market: Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Marcell Ozuna, and Will Smith

The Yankees' notable free agents include Didi Gregorius, Dellin Betances, and Brett Gardner.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Danny Abriano
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Giancarlo Stanton (Troy Taormina )
Giancarlo Stanton (Troy Taormina )

After Giancarlo Stanton missed Game 2 of the ALCS in Houston due to a quad injury, the Yankees are still in wait-and-see mode on him, manager Aaron Boone said on Monday.

Boone noted that there probably won't be a decision on Stanton's availability for Game 3 until Tuesday.

Stanton hit in the batting cage before Game 2 and that "went pretty well," Boone said, adding that he wasn't sure what kind of activities Stanton would participate in on Monday.

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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)

Here are the key 2019 MLB offseason dates, and how they impact the Mets...


Day after World Series ends: Free agency begins

The Mets should be returning most of the 86-win team that fell three games short of a playoff spot in 2019. However, they need massive improvements in the bullpen and will also likely need to find a starting pitcher to replace Zack Wheeler, who is expected to depart via free agency. 

Among the biggest names expected to hit the free agent market: Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Marcell Ozuna, Dellin Betances, and Will Smith

The Mets' notable free agents are Wheeler, Todd Frazier, and Juan Lagares (whose contract is expected to be bought out for $500,000).

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)
Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)

Leonard Williams' name popped up in trade rumors on Sunday, with ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting that "multiple teams" were interested in trading for the Jets' defensive end.

After the Jets' win over the Cowboys on Sunday, Williams addressed the rumors. And he didn't seem too bothered.

"I wouldn't say it makes me uneasy," he told reporters. "You see the best players in the league get traded and it's not like it's a personal thing. It's just the way the business is and I can't take anything personal. That's why I can't really focus on it because I can't really control it. The best thing I can control is my play and wherever I end up, just focus on that."

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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have nine arbitration-eligible players this offseason, with Noah Syndergaard, Michael ConfortoEdwin Diaz ,and Marcus Stroman the biggest names in that group. 

Once a player is offered arbitration, the team and that player's agent have until a set date -- usually at some point in February -- to come to terms on a new contract. If that doesn't happen, both sides submit salary proposals and the player's salary is determined at a hearing by independent arbitrators. 

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what the Mets' arbitration-eligible players are projected to make in 2020...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Giants RB Saquon Barkley suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 3 against the Buccaneers. Here's the latest on his prognosis and potential timeframe to return...


Oct. 14, 12:09 PM:

Barkley was back on the practice field Monday, as the Giants prepare for their Week 7 matchup against the Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. That is when the star running back is expected to return to the team, but head coach Pat Shurmur responded with, "we'll see" when asked about it. 

It's early in the week, but Barkley was pushing to return against the Patriots last Thursday. A 10-day gap is between these two games, so optimisim should remain high that No. 26 is back in his pads and in the backfield come Sunday. 

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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang
Presidential candidate Andrew Yang

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has been sounding off on the Knicks for months. Here's the latest...


Oct. 14, 11:44 AM:

Once a big Knicks fan, Yang has grown increasingly agitated with the direction of the team. And he is now saying that he "prefers" the Nets.

"Better than the Knicks, man," Yang told Forbes about why he now prefers the Nets. "The (Knicks) ownership is just too. ... too s--ty."

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Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 25, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have up to 12 arbitration-eligible players this offseason, with James Paxton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez the biggest names in that group. 

Once a player is offered arbitration, the team and that player's agent have until a set date -- usually at some point in February -- to come to terms on a new contract. If that doesn't happen, both sides submit salary proposals and the player's salary is determined at a hearing by independent arbitrators. 

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what the Yankees' arbitration-eligible players are projected to make in 2020...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Abriano
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Jets QB Sam Darnold
Jets QB Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold returned on Sunday and helped guide the Jets to a huge win over the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

It was the Jets' first win of the season after starting 0-4, and the triumph dominated the early back pages in NYC on Monday.

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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The New York Yankees celebrate their victory in the locker room after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The New York Yankees celebrate their victory in the locker room after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Yankees beat the Twins on Monday night in Minnesota to secure a three-game ALDS sweep and punch their ticket to the ALCS, where they await the winner of the Astros vs. Rays.

Click below to see how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets QB Sam Darnold is out due to mono. Here are the latest updates...


Oct. 7, 7:06 PM:

Jets coach Adam Gase announced that Darnold would undergo more tests in regard to his battle with mono on Monday. Hours later, Darnold appeared on ESPN 98.7 and in an interview on "The Michael Kay Show," he gave some positive vibes on those tests as he said he's "excited to hear the news."

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Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

Giants WR Sterling Shepard has a concussion -- his second of the season -- a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

According to Vacchiano, the expectation is that Shepard will be out for a while. 

Shepard, who already suffered a concussion earlier this season, reported symptoms to the Giants medical staff when he arrived at the facility on Monday morning and is now in concussion protocol.

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David Fizdale announced his starting five ahead of the preseason matchup with the Wizards. Dennis Smith Jr. elaborated on his back injury.

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?

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Golden Tate missed the first four games of this season due to a controversial PED suspension. And after being nearly as invisible in Week 5's loss to the Vikings during what was his Giants debut, Tate seemed disappointed. 

Tate was targeted just six times on Sunday, reeling in three catches for 13 yards -- with a long of five yards.

Asked after the game if he thought his limited role on Sunday would become the norm, Tate said he hoped not.

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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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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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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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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm up before NFL game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm up before NFL game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants game against the Minnesota Vikings is now just three days away, and Pat Shurmur is still refusing to rule Saquon Barkley out.

Just how likely the miracle comeback actually is for the Giants star running back remains unclear, but Barkley continued to take steps in that unlikely direction on Thursday morning. As he did on Wednesday, Barkley warmed up with his teammates, jogging and stretching, and then went to the side to work with trainers when the Giants began individual drills.

Was Barkley going to join practice at some point on Thursday?

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Jasson Dominguez (Richard Rodriguez on YouTube)
Jasson Dominguez (Richard Rodriguez on YouTube)

Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez, who signed a deal worth roughly $5 million in July after being viewed as the best prospect on the international market, crushed his first Yankees homer on Wednesday. 

The blast -- during an instructional league game -- was majestic, soaring way over the left field fence and disappearing into the trees beyond.

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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"

 

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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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Giants CB Janoris Jenkins
Giants CB Janoris Jenkins

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins was picked apart in Week 2 against the Bills, complaining after the game that he can't cover anybody "for 10 seconds." He then got torched by Mike Evans of the Buccaneers during the Giants' Week 3 win. His Week 4 was a bit different.

Jenkins had a huge game as the Giants dismantled the Redskins, intercepting two passes and directly influencing a third interception. His reward? NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Week 4's performance was quite the turnaround for Jenkins, who has had an up-and-down tenure with the Giants since signing a five-year deal prior to the 2016 season.

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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.

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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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Aug 14, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Aug 14, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Mets haven't yet decided whether they'll move on from Mickey Callaway. But if they do, one of the top managerial options might not be a legitimate option for them.

People who know Joe Maddon are assuming he'll go to the Angels, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who adds that there is "not a lot of optimism" Maddon will be available to the Mets.

The 65-year-old Maddon managed the Cubs from 2015-2019, but was not retained after this season. His time there included him helping lead the Cubs to the World Series title in 2016 -- the first time they had won it all since 1908.

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The MLB Postseason starts Tuesday and the Mets are sitting at home. That's a bitter pill to swallow after the team fought back in the second half and came close to making it in. But October baseball is still a hell of a lot of fun. Here's a guide for who to root for (and not root for) this Fall...

1. Oakland Athletics

The A's have been doing more with less since Billy Beane took over as GM in 1997 and have made the playoffs 11 times during that span. But they have made it past the ALDS just once, when they advanced to the ALCS in 2006 only to be swept by the Tigers. This year's team went 97-65 and their reward was a date with the Rays in the Wild Card game, which they will host at the Coliseum.

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Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, and Carlos Beltran
Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, and Carlos Beltran

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have gone through a lot of boom and bust cycles since their first-ever game in 1962, with just nine of those seasons ending with playoff appearances.

In 1969, the Mets came out of nowhere to win the World Series (though Gil Hodges and the players on that team didn't see it that way) and the 1973 squad benefited from a very weak National League to make it to the playoffs with just 82 wins and ride it all the way to Game 7 of the World Series.

When it comes to teams ready to turn the corner, you can usually see it coming. And the 2019 version of the Mets -- finishing 3.0 games back of a playoff spot -- bear a much closer resemblance to their counterparts from 2005, 1998, and 1985 than the 1972 and 1968 squads. The 2005, 1998, and 1985 Mets all suffered near-misses when it came to making the playoffs, and all of them returned stronger the next season...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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 (David Kohl)
(David Kohl)

Chris Paddack is going to be angry again.

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has won the National League Rookie of the Month award for September -- the third time he has taken the honors this season. He also won in April and June. 

Alonso's win in April angered Paddack (who thought he was deserving) and led to the two having a back-and-forth through the media when the Mets faced the Padres in San Diego in May.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter reacts during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter reacts during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Since being released by the Knicks, Enes Kanter has alternated between bashing them and praising them and their future. On Monday, the dice landed on "bash."

Asked why he chose to sign with the Celtics during the offseason, Kanter was succinct.

"That's why I chose Celtics. They don't tank," he said Monday, according to Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald.

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Mets IF/OF Dominic Smith
Mets IF/OF Dominic Smith

The Mets (86-76) put a bow on the 2019 season on Sunday, coming back to beat the Braves in extra innings to complete a three-game sweep.

Here's what happened Sunday, in case you missed it....


The Mets were trailing the Braves by two runs in the 11th inning on Sunday when Dominic Smith came up with two on and two out. Smith, in his first at-bat in months, crushed a game-winning three-run homer >> Read more

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Noah Syndergaard
Noah Syndergaard

When the Mets were hot in August but not in playoff position, the Indians -- who were riding high at the time -- took a shot at the "fringe" playoff team Mets on Twitter before the final game of a three-game series at Citi Field that New York swept.

Some Mets players didn't take too kindly to that (see the full exchanges below) and one of those players (Noah Syndergaard) hasn't forgotten about it.

And with the Indians joining the Mets on the sidelines in October after having fallen apart down the stretch to wind up missing the playoffs by 3.0 games, Syndergaard took a fair parting shot.

"Oh and @Indians," he tweeted Sunday night. "Looks like we're both fringe playoff teams."

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Giants QB Daniel Jones (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Giants QB Daniel Jones (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

Daniel Jones had a strong showing in his second career start -- despite two interceptions -- and the Giants defense locked down the Redskins as Big Blue won their second-straight game to move to 2-2 on the season.

Oh, and there was some postgame beef between Jabrill Peppers and Landon Collins.

Click below to see how the back pages in NYC reacted...

Tags: Landon Collins, Danny Abriano
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Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is one of the top contenders to win the 2019 NL Cy Young. If he does, it would give him back-to-back Cy Young awards -- making him the first Met to ever accomplish that feat. Here's where things stand in the race...


Jacob deGrom, Mets

Key stats: 2.43 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 255 K's (11.25 per 9) in 204.0 IP (32 starts), 6.7 WAR (FanGraphs), 6.9 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Pitched 7.0 shutout innings against the Marlins, allowing two hits while striking seven and walking none on Sept. 25.
Next start: Following playoff elimination, deGrom's final start was on Wednesday vs. the Marlins.
Trending: UP, having finished the season on a 23-inning scoreless streak.

Max Scherzer, Nationals

Key stats: 2.92 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 243 K's (12.6 per 9) in 172.1 IP (27 starts), 6.5 WAR (FanGraphs), 5.9 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Allowed four runs on five hits (including two home runs) while walking one and striking out 10 in 6.0 IP against the Phillies on Sept. 24
Next start: Sept. 29 vs Indians
Trending: DOWN, as his ERA has risen from 2.30 on July 6 to 2.92 while he has failed to pitch more than 6.0 innings in any start during that span

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant
Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant detailed why he chose to sign with the Nets on Friday during the team's Media Day.

"We know basketball pretty well, and it's really easy to see what these guys brought to the table," Durant said. "It's not like I had to do any deep analysis of any player here. Just watching games and playing against them and seeing the continuity throughout the last couple of years, it was pretty easy to figure out what kind of team and what kind of organization this place is."

Durant made his decision before he even spoke to the Nets, and it was a decision he said was easy to reach. Irving, Durant and DeAndre Jordan all said on Friday that they talked about the possibility of signing together with Brooklyn in a conversation over the phone - or FaceTime - at 4:16 AM EST on the morning of July 30, the first day of free agency. 

"We were like, 'Are you ready to do it?' And everybody was like, 'Yeah,'" Durant said. "I could try to think of something deeper, but it really wasn't."

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge has the most popular MLB jersey for the third year in a row, as his threads topped the list of 20 that was released on Friday by the league.

The full list:

Aaron Judge, Yankees
Bryce Harper, Phillies
Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
Javier Baez, Cubs
Christian Yelich, Brewers
Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves
Mookie Betts, Red Sox
Jose Altuve, Astros
Mike Trout, Angels
Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Yadier Molina, Cardinals
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
Alex Bregman, Astros
Pete Alonso, Mets
Freddie Freeman, Braves
Kris Bryant, Cubs
Francisco Lindor, Indians
Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals
Jacob deGrom, Mets
George Springer, Astros

Tags: Aaron Judge, Danny Abriano
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The World Series trophy (Gary A. Vasquez)
The World Series trophy (Gary A. Vasquez)

The Yankees trail the Astros by 2.0 games for home field advantage throughout the American League playoffs, and they're also behind the Astros when it comes to their odds to win the Pennant and World Series.

According to odds released by Bovada, the Yanks have the second-best odds to represent the AL in the World Series and the third-best odds to win it all.

Pennant odds:

Astros -115
Yankees +215
Twins +700
Athletics +850
Rays +1200
Indians +2500

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler

The Mets (83-76) open a season-ending three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it....


Zack Wheeler was brilliant for seven innings but gave up a pair of homers in the eighth (one after a missed strike-three call) as the Marlins beat the Mets, 4-2, on Thursday night at Citi Field >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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McNeil updates wrist injury 00:00:41
New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil gives an update and timetable for his wrist injury. Says doctors assured him it won't be a 'big deal.'

Jeff McNeil said Thursday that he will need surgery for the wrist fracture he suffered on Wednesday night, but should be "good to go" for Spring Training. 

"They said this is kind of no big deal," McNeil said about the surgery he expects to take place on Tuesday. "Recovery time is quick after surgery, they said. They have no worries."

"I would imagine," McNeil said when asked if he would be ready for Spring Training in February. "I should be good to go. ... should be no problem."

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (83-75) wrap up their four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Here's what happened Wednesday, in case you missed it....


Jacob deGrom almost certainly cemented his second-straight Cy Young award and Pete Alonso inched closer to the rookie home run record in the Mets' 10-3 win over the Marlins, but the Mets were still eliminated from playoff contention >> Read more

Tags: Aaron Judge, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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