The Mets play their final home game of the season on a Thursday in the final hours of September. It was dark during the game and the flags were fluttering in the cold wind over Citi Field. Most of the players weren’t long sleeved, but most of the fans burst out laughing. Summer has ended.
Many loyalists came to see Team 24,312 for the weekly midnight game against the Miami Marlins, another game in the National League East. Metz ruled the league for most of the season but fell badly. They were the first team to spend more than 100 days in first place but finished with a losing streak. There are many things to deal with.
“A lot of positive things have happened,” said Pete Alonso after practice in the dugout. “But I need time to think about the lessons and things I have to do to take this team to the top. Because I like being one and a half. I absolutely love this outfit and I am in love with this fan base. But I hate losing.”
The game was ridiculed by the Mets, 12-3, and Reserve Marlins Hunter bounced late. Alonso grabbed two homers, 36 and 37, for the season and was robbed by another in the center wall. Francisco Lindor smoked the Grand Slam and beat Michael Conforto in singles, scoring two songs. Left-handed Rich Hill, who scored in July, ended up winning his first Mets win.
Conforto, who may become a free agent after the season ends, may have played his last home game as a partner. Turns out she had tears all around her.
“There were fans praising my name and telling me, ‘Don’t go,'” Conforto said, citing the on- and off-court moments that made him a favorite in New York. . We’ll see what happens in the future, but I love every moment that I have the privilege of playing here.”
28-year-old Conforto was the only player in the Mets squad for the 2015 World Series. Do you remember his brief star role in Game 4? Conforto faced Kansas City twice and it looks like the Mets will draw. Instead, they took the lead late in the innings and lost the World Series the following night. He hasn’t won a postseason game since.
How close are the Mets to October’s main game? This was a problem for the next president of the baseball division, and the Mets couldn’t afford to make finding another job difficult.
Their new owner, Stephen Cohen, hired Jared Porter as general manager outside last season, with Jack Scott as his assistant. Porter was fired in January for sending obscene messages to a reporter, and Scott has been on administrative leave since his August 31 arrest and drunk driving charges. In the era of the big front office, President Tim Sandy Alderson is especially vulnerable.
“Sandy is doing three things right now,” Liberator Trevor May said Thursday. “More people will come and maybe cut some of the work, and three people will do three more things, so communication can be better.
“You see, so many organizations have GMs, but they have baseball presidents, assistant GMs – all different little branches, but they do all kinds of GM jobs. So you can go to them with stuff. What would you pick up at GM in 2012 when he was a boy? Here’s what’s happening now: too many brains to deal with big problems. ”
Alderson, 73, might go after famous CEOs like Billy Bean or Theo Epstein, or try to find more characters to build on his ideas as Bean did in the 1990s. Alderson had an assistant in Auckland for a decade. In addition to last year’s hiring flop, Alderson should have interesting chances.
“I sold to Steve Cohen, I sold to New York, I sold the opportunity to see the potential of this historic yet iconic franchise,” Alderson told reporters Wednesday. “I think a lot of things are going to happen to someone who comes to Metz. Is this a kit? It doesn’t require any particular work? No, this is the real fun of making something.
Mystery actors are about to have a big debut: Alonso, an elite tyrant who had to leave free agency three years earlier; an impressive (if fragile) rookie, Jacob deGrom, with three years remaining on his contract; And 27-year-old Shorts, Francisco Lindor, who lives 10 years away – and yes, that’s great.
As strange as his move to New York might be, Lindor is a star who will end the season on a high note; Thursday’s helmet gave him nine home runs and 25 RBI for September. His friend Javier Baes, 28, also showed the Mets at their best with free agents.
Before looking into the futures of Badge or their other top free agents Conforto and starters Marcus Strowman and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets will first decide whether to keep manager Luis Rojas, who won 102-117 over two seasons. has developed.
The Mets sacked their attacking coach in May but that still hasn’t completely fixed the attack. Only three teams – Miami, Texas and Pittsburgh – scored fewer tracks. The attackers are chasing really bad places, said Rojas, “everything I know about players who know and control our system.”
Rojas, 40, was a respected manager in the Metz farming system prior to his promotion and it would be a shame to lose someone who helped the team develop a solid champion. In a few days he would understand his fate.
“We have to go there first and find out what will happen, but I have enjoyed my time here for two years,” said Rojas. “Every day is fun working with people, connecting with them and getting ready. We didn’t get what we wanted but for me the club environment has been one of the most important things to think about in the last two years, how everyone understands and enjoys the game. prepared. ”
Unfortunately, the winter calculations turn out to be wrong, and the results are almost always the most important. The Mets may soon have a new leader in the dugout and front office, but the core of the winners is here – Alonso, DeGrom and Lindor – and that’s more than most teams lose.
Lindor was the last rescuer to leave the field on Thursday and sign autographs for the hundred people near the shelter who stopped for final greetings. It may be very different in six months from the next home game, but for now Lindor has a simple message for the fans.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t do it for him,” she said, “but I appreciate the love he gave us all.”