Mets played the last home game of the season on Thursday, the last hour of September. Flags fluttered over Citi Field in the dark, cool breeze during the match. Most of the players didn’t wear long sleeves, but most of the fans were there. Summer is over.
Many supporters appeared to see off the team — 24,312 for a mid-week night match against the Miami Marlins, another in the National League East. Mets dominated the division for most of the season, but crashed hard. They are the first team to spend more than 100 days in the first place, but end up with a losing record. There is a lot to handle.
“There’s a lot of positive things that happened,” Pete Alonso said in a home tag out after batting practice. “But it will take some time to look back at the lessons and things needed to bring this team to the top, because I love to meet. I love this organization and I love this fan base. But I hate losing. “
The game was a laugh for Mets, 12-3, and the Marlins backup catcher was the last to pitch. Alonso stole two home runs, 36 and 37, this season, and another one on a center-field wall. Francisco Lindo had a bases loaded home run home run home run home run home run home run home run home run home run home run home run home run The unlucky left-handed Rich Hill who won in July was the first to win the Mets.
Confort, who can become a free agent after the end of the season, may have played his last home game as Met. He noticed that he was holding back tears with his right fielder.
“The fans cheered on my name and said,’Don’t go,'” said Confort. I’ve listed the moments when I loved New York for him, both inside and outside the field. “I know what’s going to happen in the future, but I was able to play here and loved it every second.”
The 28-year-old Confort is the only fielder left on the Mets roster in the 2015 World Series. Remember his short star turn in Game 4? Confort returned home twice against Kansas City, and Mets seemed to join the series. Instead, they failed the lead in the second half of the inning and lost the World Series the next night. Since then, they haven’t won postseason games.
How close is Mets to actually playing an important game in October? That is a problem that the next baseball manager should solve, and Mets cannot afford to put together another job hunting activity.
Their new owner, Stephen Cohen, hired Jared Porter as general manager and Zack Scott as assistant during the last offseason. Porter was fired in January for sending a lascivious text message to a female reporter, and Scott has been on leave since being arrested on August 31 and charged with drunk driving. In the days of the vast front office, team president Sandy Olderson was terribly unmanned.
“Sandy has three jobs at this point,” relief Trevor May said Thursday. “More people will come and probably chop up one piece of work, and three people will do three jobs again, which can enhance communication.
“I’ve noticed that so many organizations have GMs, but there are also baseball presidents and assistant GMs. All the different little branches, but now they’re doing all sorts of GM missions. So you can go to them with what you bring to GM who was alone in 2012. That’s what’s happening now. More brains are working on bigger problems. “
To reduce the workload, 73-year-old Alderson chases famous executives like Billy Beane and Theo Epstein, or is based on his ideas, such as when he was Alderson’s assistant in Auckland in the 1990s. I tried to find a protégé. Aside from last year’s hiring blunder, Alderson should have an attractive option.
“I’m selling Steve Cohen. I’m selling New York. I’m selling the opportunity to realize the prestigious but still iconic franchise potential,” Alderson told reporters Wednesday. “I think we’re offering a tremendous amount of money to those who come to Mets. Is it a set piece? Is it something that doesn’t require some work? No. That’s where the real fun comes in. Creating something. is.”
Mystery executives will get off to a good start: Elite Slugger, Alonso, and Free Agents have three years in front. Dominant (if vulnerable) starter, Jacob DeGrom, contract term up to 3 years. And 27-year-old shortstop Francisco Lindeau has 10 years left — and yes, that’s good.
Just as the move to New York was a hassle, Lindeau is a star who finishes the season at a high price. Thursday’s Grand Slam gave him nine home runs and 25 RBIs. His companion Javier Baez, 28, also showed his best side of the free agent coming to the Mets.
Before the Mets talk about the future of Baez, or the future of other top free agents Confort and starters Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets first went 102-117 in two seasons, Lewis. · Decide whether to keep Rojas coach.
Mets fired his batting coach in May, but nevertheless did not completely correct the attack. Only three teams, Miami, Texas and Pittsburgh, have lower scores. The batter chased too many bad pitches, Rojas said, failing “everything I know because those players knew and mastered our system.”
Prior to promotion, 40-year-old Rojas was a long-respected manager of the Mets farm system. It’s a shame to lose someone who has definitely helped the team develop a solid major leaguer. He will know his destiny within a few days.
“We need to get there first and know what’s going on, but for the last two years I’ve enjoyed the time I spend here as a manager,” Rojas said. “I enjoyed working with everyone, connecting with them, and getting ready every day. I haven’t achieved what I want to do yet, but the clubhouse atmosphere has made everyone get along and play for the last two years. It’s one of the most important things I can think of in terms of being ready. “
Alas, if the cool calculations of the season go wrong, the results are most important in most cases. Mets may soon have a new leader in the dugout and front office, but the core of the winner is here — Alonso, DeGrom, Lindo — and more than most losing teams have.
Lindo was the last Met to leave the field on Thursday and signed about 100 Die Hard signs near Dougout, where he was staying for his final salute. In the next home game, six months can be very different, but for now Lindo has sent a brief message to his fans.
“Sorry, I couldn’t get it done for them, but thank you for the love they gave us all,” he said.