Danny Abriano

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

Van Wagenen addresses media 00:02:46
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen spoke to the media about the Mets' first half, looking into trades, and Mickey Callaway.

Talking before the Mets opened the second half of the season in Miami, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he is "incredibly disappointed" about where the team is and all but confirmed they will be sellers in advance of the July 31 trade deadline. 

"We have to face our reality," Van Wagenen said. "We have to be open-minded. We're gonna be thoughtful and measured in terms of what we do as we approach the deadline. ... our mission statement doesn't change."

That "mission statement" is about winning now and in the future, and that is something Van Wagenen said he is not abandoning. In other words, there will not be a full rebuild commencing before July 31.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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		In a "true" Subway Series doubleheader, the Yankees defeated the Mets at Shea Stadium before sweeping the doubleheader in the Bronx. Dwight Gooden returned to Shea in a Yankees uniform and earned the win. (AP)
July 8, 2000: In a "true" Subway Series doubleheader, the Yankees defeated the Mets at Shea Stadium before sweeping the doubleheader in the Bronx. Dwight Gooden returned to Shea in a Yankees uniform and earned the win. (AP)

Former Mets RHP Dwight Gooden was arrested for cocaine possession on June 7 in New Jersey, according to the New York Post.

The 54-year-old was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Post. He was also charged with being under the influence. 

Gooden has battled substance abuse issues since 1986, when he missed the Mets' World Championship parade due to his drug use. He then missed the start of the 1987 season in order to undergo treatment for cocaine abuse. He was also suspended by MLB in 1994 for violating his drug aftercare program

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Former New York Mets player Dwight Gooden greets fans before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets Saturday, May 28, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Former New York Mets player Dwight Gooden greets fans before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets Saturday, May 28, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Former Mets RHP Dwight Gooden was arrested for cocaine possession on June 7 in New Jersey, according to the New York Post.

The 54-year-old was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Post. He was also charged with being under the influence. 

Gooden has battled substance abuse issues since 1986, when he missed the Mets' World Championship parade due to his drug use. He then missed the start of the 1987 season in order to undergo treatment for cocaine abuse. He was also suspended by MLB in 1994 for violating his drug aftercare program

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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen will speak with reporters before the team opens the second half of the season against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

With the Mets at 40-50 and the trade deadline less than three weeks away, here are five questions Van Wagenen should be asked...


What is the trade deadline strategy?

With the Mets not in contention, the expectation is that pending free agent Zack Wheeler will be traded. Also on the block should be fellow pending free agents Todd Frazier and Jason Vargas. But what is Van Wagenen's strategy beyond selling off the obvious pieces?

Teams have recently come calling about Noah Syndergaard, with SNY's Andy Martino reporting that a trade at some point feels inevitable. While it seems likelier that Syndergaard -- who isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season -- could be moved after the season, would Van Wagenen pull the trigger now if he's blown away? What about dangling pieces like Seth Lugo and Dominic Smith? And is there any chance the Mets would go full rebuild and deal Jacob deGrom?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

18-year-old Mets prospect Ronny Mauricio, who is more than holding his own this season as one of the youngest players in Low-A ball, is listed as the No. 48 prospect in baseball on Keith Law of ESPN's midseason Top 50 prospects list.

Mauricio landed on the Baseball Prospectus Top 50 prpsoect list earlier this week, checking in at No. 45

Noting how aggressive the Mets were by placing Mauricio with Low-A Columbia to start the season, Law adds that Mauricio still looks young relative to the league and "even runs like he's still learning his own body."

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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

The Yankees have one prospect listed on Keith Law of ESPN's midseason Top 50 prospects list, and it should come as no surprise that it's Deivi Garcia -- the diminutive strikeout machine who is now just one step away from the majors.

Law writes that Garcia, who is just 5'9", has been featuring a fastball that sits between 90 and 96 MPH but that hitters "cut through his fastball like he's throwing 105 with spin."

While Law is somewhat bearish on the ceiling of Garcia due to his small stature, he still heaps high praise on the 20-year-old.

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A general view of MetLife Stadium prior to the game between the Houston Texans and the New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports  (Kirby Lee)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A general view of MetLife Stadium prior to the game between the Houston Texans and the New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Giants haven't played their home games in New York since the 1975 season, when they called Shea Stadium home. That came two years after their final game at Yankee Stadium, with one season playing home games in New Haven in-between. 

They've called New Jersey home since then, playing home games first at Giants Stadium and now at MetLife Stadium. Wouldn't that make them the New Jersey Giants?

Presidential candidate Cory Booker, who is a Senator representing New Jersey after serving as the Mayor of Newark, has some ideas...

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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the trade deadline three weeks away, Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is drawing interest from the Brewers, while some with the Astros are "intrigued" at the possibility of dealing for him, reports MLB.com's Jon Morosi.

SNY's Andy Martino reported recently that it is far more likely the Mets explore trading Syndergaard this winter, but that he isn't a total lock to be a Met beyond the July 31 trade deadline.

The 26-year-old Syndergaard is under Mets control through the 2021 season, so the Mets shouldn't be in any rush to deal him -- especially since his career-worst ERA this season means New York would be trading him at his lowest value.

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Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

As baseballs fly out of ballparks at eye-popping, record-breaking levels and players openly accuse MLB of juicing the balls, commissioner Rob Manfred vehemently denied on Tuesday that the league had purposely altered the baseballs.

"Baseball has done nothing, given no direction, for an alteration of the baseball," Manfred said, noting that the league is still trying to figure out why the balls -- made by Rawlings -- are different this season.

"The flaw in logic is that baseball wants more home runs," Manfred explained. "If you sat in owners meetings and listen to people on how the game is played, that is not a sentiment of owners for whom I work. There's no desire among ownership to increase homers in the game -- to the contrary they are concerned about how many we have."

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Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

As baseballs fly out of ballparks at eye-popping, record-breaking levels and players openly accuse MLB of juicing the balls, commissioner Rob Manfred vehemently denied on Tuesday that the league had purposely altered the baseballs.

"Baseball has done nothing, given no direction, for an alteration of the baseball," Manfred said, noting that the league is still trying to figure out why the balls -- made by Rawlings -- are different this season.

"The flaw in logic is that baseball wants more home runs," Manfred explained. "If you sat in owners meetings and listen to people on how the game is played, that is not a sentiment of owners for whom I work. There's no desire among ownership to increase homers in the game -- to the contrary they are concerned about how many we have."

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Jul 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after winning the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after winning the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso walked off all three of his rounds en route to the 2019 Home Run Derby crown, never needing the extra 30 seconds he earned on all three occasions.

In the finals, after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had stolen the show in his first two rounds, Alonso took down Guerrero -- 23 homers to 22.

Here's how the back pages in New York reacted...

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Pete Alonso rocks Cleveland 00:03:44
Pete Alonso meets the media at the All-Star Game in Cleveland to talk Home Run Derby strategy and his dreams coming true this season.

Mets rookie Pete Alonso, who never lacks for a good quote, summed up his Home Run Derby approach in a perfectly succinct way on Monday in Cleveland.

"It doesn't matter how much jelly is in the jar," Alonso said. "It matters how you spread it on your English Muffin."

Alonso, who will battle hometown representative Carlos Santana in the first round on Monday night, was talking about needing to conserve energy during the timed rounds 

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Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

With Russell Westbrook's future in Oklahoma City cloudy as of this past weekend, the Thunder are now "receptive" for the first time to taking trade calls on the 30-year-old star, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic

Charania notes that the timing is difficult when it comes to a potential trade of Westbrook, which holds true for any potential trade to the Knicks, as SNY's Ian Begley noted over the weekend.

In order to complete a trade for Westbrook before December 15, the Knicks would have to renege on agreements with their new free agents, said Begley, noting the fact the Knicks have just $4 million in cap space at the moment. Westbrook is set to make $38.5 million this coming season.

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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a home run with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a home run with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso spent the first half of the season demolishing baseballs as he crushed 30 homers. As he takes his talents to Monday night's Home Run Derby in Cleveland, Alonso is looking to add another notch to his belt. 

And Alonso, who will square off against Carlos Santana of the Indians in the first round, has the third-best odds to win the Derby.

Here are the full odds, via Bovada:

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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

The Yankees have the best record in the American League and the second-best record in all of baseball (behind only the Dodgers, who are 60-32). And their place in the standings matches their current odds to win the World Series.

Per OddsShark, the Dodgers are currently +270 to win the Fall Classic, while the Yanks are +333.

The rest of the odds shake out like this:

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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a home run with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a home run with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Chris Paddack is going to be angry.

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has won the National League Rookie of the Month award for June, the second time he has taken the honors this season. 

Alonso also won in April, which angered Paddack and let to the two having a back-and-forth through the media when the Mets faced the Padres in San Diego in May.

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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (39-47, 11 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their two-game set with the Yankees at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 on SNY.

Here's what happened on Tuesday in case you missed it...


In the Mets' 4-2 win over the Yankees, they broke the Bombers' streak of 31 conescutive games with a homer and rallied in the eighth inning before Edwin Diaz closed the door >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets made a flurry of roster moves before Tuesday night's game against the Yankees, swapping three new relievers in while sending four relievers to Triple-A Syracuse and adding an additional bench player.

Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, and Luis Avilan were all activated from the IL, while INF Luis Guillorme was called up from Triple-A Syracuse.

To make room on the roster fot the four added players, the Mets optioned relievers Chris Flexen, Brooks Pounders, Stephen Nogosek, and Chris Mazza to Syracuse.

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Alexander Ramirez (@DPLBaseball on Twitter)
Alexander Ramirez (@DPLBaseball on Twitter)

The Mets have landed one of the top international free agents, signing 16-year-old CF Alexander Ramirez, who was the No. 26 ranked international prospect according to MLB.com.

Ramirez, who MLB.com touts as a "true center fielder" and a "plus runner" has above average grades when it comes to all five tools -- hitting, hitting for power, running, fielding, and arm.

"The tall and large-framed teen already shows advanced hitting skills and knowledge of the strike zone," according to his MLB.com scouting report, which notes that the 16-year-old has shown flashes of emerging power. "He makes solid contact at the plate and is known for hitting line drives to all fields."

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Mets prospect Brett Baty has been promoted from the GCL Mets to Rookie level Kingsport after playing just five games at his first professional spot.

The 19-year-old Baty hit .350/.480/.650 with one homer and three doubles in five games (20 at-bats) for the GCL Mets.

The Mets officially introduced Baty over the weekend at Citi Field. As a 19-year-old senior, Baty could move a bit quicker than some of the younger high school prospects drafted, but it will still be a while before he reaches Citi Field. 

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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and general manager Steve Mills answer questions during a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and general manager Steve Mills answer questions during a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

After clearing enough cap space to sign two max free agents and after months of rumors that had Kevin Durant all but guaranteed to land with the Knicks, he went to Brooklyn instead. And Kyrie Irving went with him.

Beyond losing KD and Kyrie, the Knicks -- who have since spent most of their allotted cap space -- will also not be getting Kawhi Leonard (which was never expected to happen anyway). 

While the Knicks once again whiffed on the big free agents, all is not lost. Here are five reasons to be optimistic...

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1999, Miami, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; New York Mets right fielder Bobby Bonilla in action at the plate against the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium during the 1999 Season. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports (RVR Photos)
1999, Miami, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; New York Mets right fielder Bobby Bonilla in action at the plate against the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium during the 1999 Season. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports (RVR Photos)

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It's Bobby Bonilla day for the Mets, which many use as an excuse to lazily bash the team for something they falsely think is a comical anomaly. The truth, though, is that the #LOLMets narrative as it pertains to Bonilla is a garbage narrative. 

There are plenty of things to rightfully bash the Mets about, but the Bonilla deal isn't one of them.

Bonilla, who the Mets bought out in 2000 while deferring annual $1.19 million payments from 2011 through 2035, is just one of many players in baseball whose teams are or will be paying large sums of money well after their playing careers are over.

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Jun 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielders Dominic Smith (22), Michael Conforto (30) and Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate the 8-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielders Dominic Smith (22), Michael Conforto (30) and Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate the 8-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (38-47, 12 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Monday before opening Round 2 of the Subway Series on Tuesday night at Citi Field. 

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


The Mets used an eighth-inning rally to top the Braves and break their seven-game losing streak >> Read more

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Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Warriors star Kevin Durant is one of the prizes of free agency, but the idea that he could join the Knicks this summer took a hit when he suffered an Achilles injury that could keep him out for the entire 2019-20 season. Here's the latest...


June 29, 2:24 PM

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, all indications suggest the Warriors will offer Durant a five-year, $221 million super max contract. Only the Warriors can offer Durant a super max deal. 

 

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Matthew Allan signs with Mets 00:01:09
Third-round draft pick Matthew Allan was at Citi Field taking in the sights before the game. He reacted to officially becoming a Met.

The Mets went high-risk, high-reward by drafting RHP Matthew Allan in the third round (89th overall) in the MLB Draft earlier this month and hoping they could sign him to a well over-slot deal. And that risk is going to pay off.

Allan, who was ranked as the 13th-best prospect in the Draft and viewed as the best high school pitcher in the country, has agreed to a deal with the Mets, the team announced Friday.

The 18-year-old Allan, who had been committed to the University of Florida and was on hand Friday at Citi Field, dropped in the Draft because of his asking price and signability concerns.

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Jan 12, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 12, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Celtics star Kyrie Irving is one of the prizes of free agency, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kevin Durant on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam since the Kristaps Porzingis trade cleared two max slots for New York. Here are the latest rumors...


June 28, 9:30 AM:

With the Lakers able to fit one max free agent under the cap now that they've completed the Anthony Davis trade, Kyrie Irving remains at the top of their list along with Kawhi Leonard, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times, who says the Lakers are "swinging for the fences."

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Mets get swept by Phillies 00:01:27
Todd Frazier looked like he had secured the win with a 2-run home run in the 9th, but Edwin Diaz blew the save to lose 6-3.

The Mets came back from a 1-0 ninth inning defict to take a 3-1 lead, but Edwin Diaz melted down in the ninth inning as New York suffered a four-game sweep in Philadelphia >> Box score

Six things to know from Thursday's game

1) Trying to protect a 3-1 lead after the Mets' late heroics, Edwin Diaz issued a leadoff walk before serving up a game-tying two-run homer to Maikel Franco on an 0-2 pitch. After recording one out, Diaz walked another batter before allowing a single to Scott Kingery as the Phillies put runners on first and second. Jean Segura followed by blasting a game-winning three-run homer.

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Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Jeff McNeil has picked up this season right where he left off during his blistering rookie campaign, coming in to Thursday's game hitting a ridiculous .351/.414/.514 in 67 games.

While McNeil has pushed for the league-lead in batting average and become a near-lock to be selected as a reserve to the All-Star Game, he broke a 36-year-old MLB record on Wednesday night.

When McNeil doubled on Wednesday night in his 475th career at-bat, it was his 162nd career hit -- the highest total by any active major leaguer and the most in the majors since Wade Boggs had 166 hits in his first 475 at-bats from 1982-1983, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. 

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Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) reacts after a Philadelphia Phillies score during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) reacts after a Philadelphia Phillies score during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (37-44, 11 GB in NL East, 5.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their four-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon at 1:05 on SNY.

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


During the Mets' 5-4,10-inning loss to the Phillies on Wednesday night, the bullpen was at it again, blowing a late 4-0 lead  >> Read more

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Mar 21, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) reacts after forward Draymond Green (not pictured) made a shot while being fouled against the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Mar 21, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) reacts after forward Draymond Green (not pictured) made a shot while being fouled against the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

In the event the Knicks miss out on their main free agent targets -- Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard -- they are thinking about "extending a considerable one-year offer" to free agent DeMarcus Cousins, reports Marc Stein of the New York Times.

SNY's Ian Begley previously reported that the Knicks don't plan to commit long-term money to a player that isn't on the list of their top targets, adding that they are more likely to pursue short-term contracts to maintain cap flexibility if they miss out on Durant, Leonard, and Kyrie Irving. A one-year deal for Cousins would fit that philosophy.  

The 28-year-old Cousins signed a one-year deal with the Warriors last offseason that paid him $5.337 million.

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May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

DJ LeMahieu has arguably been the Yankees' MVP this season, coming into Wednesday's game hitting .333/.382/.512 with 11 homers, 16 doubles, and 52 RBI in 73 games.

How much different would this season be if LeMahieu had wound up on the Rays instead? According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, it almost happened.

Prior to signing with the Yankees in January for $24 million over two years, LeMahieu was "perhaps a few days away from signing with the Rays" before the Yanks improved their offer and locked him up, reports Rosenthal.

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

With the Yankees looking to bolster their starting rotation before the July 31 trade deadline, Madison Bumgarner is drawing "strong interest" from the Twins, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

The Twins, who have the best record in the AL, would be able to acquire Bumgarner without his consent since they are not on his no-trade list, according to Nightengale.

While the Yankees already in active trade talks with other teams, SNY's Andy Martino reported last week that they have so far been "lukewarm" on Bumgarner. 

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Jun 25, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Umpire Joe West (22) speaks with New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports  (Eric Hartline)
Jun 25, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Umpire Joe West (22) speaks with New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Mets (37-43, 10 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Wednesday night at 7:05 on SNY.

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


During the Mets' 7-5 loss to the Phillies, a 5-2 sixth inning lead turned into a deficit in the blink of an eye as the bullpen imploded >> Read more

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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Another Mets game, another lineup with Robinson Cano hitting third. Why?

"I don't think 80 games is fair to say he's declined in any way," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday while explaining why Robinson Cano is still hitting third. "He hasn't lost bat speed, so we just gotta get him confident and get him going. He's gonna hit."

A large chunk of Callaway's pregame scrum with reporters was spent answering questions about why Cano -- who is hitting .223/.270/.361 -- is still batting third, with Callaway coming back repeatedly to the importance of comfort.

Tags: Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) watches his two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) watches his two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso has burst onto the scene this season, and is hitting .280/.373/.642 with 27 homers and 61 RBI in 78 games. He is on pace to finish the season with 55 homers, which would shatter the Mets' single-season record of 41.

It will be a shock if Alonso isn't selected as a reserve to the All-Star Game (he should be in the final three battling to start the game, but Mets fans didn't vote enough). In any event, Alonso's current status as one of the best players in baseball is reflected in the updated National League MVP odds, which were released Tuesday by OddsShark.

Here are the full odds:

Tags: Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Jun 24, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Brooks Pounders (46) reacts after allowing two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Jay Bruce (23) during the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jun 24, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Brooks Pounders (46) reacts after allowing two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Jay Bruce (23) during the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Mets (37-42, 9.0 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday night at 7:05 on SNY.

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


During the Mets' 13-7 loss to the Phillies, Steven Matz was victimized by the home run ball and the bullpen (Brooks Pounders) got crushed >> Read More

Tags: Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins on the field before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins on the field before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Former Mets manager Terry Collins -- now a special assistant to GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- weighed in Monday on current manager Mickey Callaway's expletive-filled tirade toward reporter Tim Healey that happened Sunday at Wrigley Field. 

"I wasn't there so I don't know anything about it," Collins told the New York Daily News. "I just know - times are tough with the way things have been going (for the Mets). But you've got to respect everybody's jobs. That's the way I look at it."

Collins, whose time as manager ended after the 2017 season, would not say whether he believed Callaway deserved to get fired for his recent transgression.

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Callaway on clubhouse incident 00:01:38
Mickey Callaway addressed the clubhouse incident that occurred between him and a reporter, saying he can control his reaction better.

Speaking shortly after GM Brodie Van Wagenen, Mets manager Mickey Callaway -- who was fined along with Jason Vargas for Sunday's clubhouse incident with reporter Tim Healey -- addressed the incident. But he stopped short of apologizing, despite being given several chances to.

"I understand that I can't control the actions of others or the words of others, but I can always control my reaction to those things," Callaway said the day after allegedly calling Healey a motherfu--er and attempting to get him thrown out of the clubhouse. "So I think everybody deserves respect regarding job title or role. I think we can understand that this is a tough game played by passionate competitors and I hope moving forward that we can all do our jobs honestly, ethically. And understand that other people are involved."

He later publicly apologized in a second meeting with reporters an hour before the game. 

Asked if he wanted to tell his side of what happened, Callaway declined.

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Jun 22, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports (Jon Durr)
Jun 22, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports (Jon Durr)

Pete Alonso has broken the Mets' rookie record for home runs in a season with more than three months left to spare, and one of his rewards was being named the National League Player of the Week.

Alonso, who mashed four homers in the last week to bring his total for the season to 27, hit 417/.548/1.042 during that span while laying waste to pitchers from the Braves and Cubs.

After his huge week, Alonso is hitting .276/.366/.642 and is on track to finish the season with the following numbers:

Tags: Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Knicks' betting odds to sign free agent Kevin Durant have taken a dip, according to Caesars, with New York now the third-likeliest landing spot for the star. The favorite? That would be the Brooklyn Nets.

Here are the new odds that were released Monday by Caesars:

Nets: -125

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Jan 26, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) works against Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half of a 115-111 victory by Golden State at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Jan 26, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) works against Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half of a 115-111 victory by Golden State at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

As the Knicks and the rest of the NBA wait for the free agent frenzy that will begin in less than a week, a new report says two of the biggest names -- Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving -- "have met twice in recent weeks" to discuss their "desire" to join the same team this summer.

The talk of Durant and Irving possibly linking up is nothing new, but news of their two recent meetings should turn some heads.

According to Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher, the first meeting took place while Durant was out during the playoffs with a strained calf, with the second meeting taking place in New York shortly after Durant had surgery on his ruptured Achilles.

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Jun 23, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) reacts in the dugout after giving up a three-run home run to Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Jun 23, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) reacts in the dugout after giving up a three-run home run to Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

Roughly 45 minutes before Mickey Callaway cursed out a Mets beat reporter in the clubhouse on Sunday -- with Jason Vargas threatening to knock the reporter out -- Callaway's non-move on the field arguably cost his team the game.

That non-move -- and questions about it -- helped lead to Callaway's blowup, but was then buried. Let's excavate it...

With the Mets leading the Cubs, 3-2, heading into the seventh inning, Callaway turned to Seth Lugo in the hope of getting two innings out of him. After Lugo worked around a one-out single while striking out two in a scoreless seventh, it was clear he didn't have it in the eighth inning as he allowed a hard-hit single to Kyle Schwarber before a one-out walk to Anthony Rizzo put runners on first and second with one out.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Jun 21, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Jun 21, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

After Mets beat writer Tim Healey of Newsday was called a "motherfu--er" by Mickey Callaway and threatened by Jason Vargas -- who said he would knock Healey "the f--k out" -- Healey explained what happened before the incident.

Once Callaway was done with his postgame scrum after the Mets' loss to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, Healey said  "See you tomorrow, Mickey," as the manager walked by. "Don't be a smarta--" was Callaway's response to Healey, as Healey recounted to fellow Newsday writer David Lennon.

"I couldn't confidently tell you exactly what he said, but he said, 'You know we're going to be in a bad mood after a loss,' or something like that," Healey explained. "And I tried to tell him, I didn't mean anything by it. I was just saying I'll see you tomorrow. And then he said, 'Get this guy out of here,' and that got the attention of Jason Vargas."

Tags: Jason Vargas, Danny Abriano
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Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) watches his two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) watches his two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is having a historic rookie season, but trails significantly in All Star Game voting, nowhere near the top three of Josh Bell, Freddie Freeman, or Anthony Rizzo.

The top three will advance to the next round of voting as the starter is determined. Alonso, in fifth place with just over 319,000 votes per the latest update, is over 600,000 votes shy of Rizzo. 

The fact that Alonso trails by that much is simple -- Mets fans aren't voting enough, and fans of Bell, Freeman, and Rizzo are.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Barrett, Brazdeikis introduced 00:02:11
RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis met with the NY media. Hear what RJ responded when asked if he was ready to 'carry the Knicks'

Thursday night's Knicks draft picks RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis were introduced to the New York media on Friday, while Steve Mills, Scott Perry, and David Fizdale also fielded questions. Here are the key quotes...


Is Barrett ready to "carry" the franchise?

"Carry? I wouldn't say carry -- I'd say it's gonna be a great group of guys that are gonna be together. We're all excited to play for coach Fizdale, this is the biggest stage. So yeah, I'm excited to be here. I'm excited to play. But I haven't even played a game yet, so how are you gonna ask me a question like that?" It should be noted that Barrett laughed when delivering the final line...

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The Mets (35-40, 9.0 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon at 2:20 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 7-4 loss to the Cubs, Pete Alonso mashed his 25th homer but Walker Lockett got destroyed in the third inning >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Mets make pitching changes 00:03:37
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Mickey Callaway explain the reasons behind the firing of pitching coach Dave Eiland.

Noting the respect he and the organization has for outgoing pitching coach Dave Eiland, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen explained Thursday why Eiland was fired as part of a bigger series of moves that included the creation of the new position of "pitching strategist."

"As we evaluated the season so far, we have fallen short of a variety of things as a team, and we all have to look ourselves in the mirror for that shortcoming," Van Wagenen said Thursday at Wrigley Field. "And we have to make the best decisions we can in that moment to improve our stock."

Those decisions were the firing of Eiland and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez, and the interim hires of Phil Regan (pitching coach), Ricky Bones (bullpen coach), and Jeremy Accardo (pitching strategist).

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 (Noah K. Murray)
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After firing pitching coach Dave Eiland, the Mets will be replacing him with Phil Regan, who had been working for the organization in the minors.

Regan, 82, was working as a roving pitching coach who was usually focused on the lower levels of the minors.

Regan had a 13-year big league career (with the Tigers, Dodgers, Cubs, and White Sox) before getting into coaching. He has coached and managed at various collegiate and professional levels since 1973, including a stint as the Orioles manager in 1995 and serving as pitching coach for the Mets' High-A affiliate from 2009 to 2015.

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Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets have fired pitching coach Dave Eiland, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

Eiland will be replaced by Phil Regan, according to Martino. 

Along with Eiland, the team has also fired bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He will be replaced by Ricky Bones, according to Mike Puma.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, center, and teammates watch the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, center, and teammates watch the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The Mets (35-39, 8.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday night at 8:05 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Braves, Steven Matz held Atlanta in check until the sixth inning before faltering >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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