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Mets Introduce Mickey Callaway As Manager

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The New York Mets have found their man. Mickey Callaway was formally introduced as the next manager of the Mets at a press conference on Monday.

Callaway becomes the 21st manager in franchise history.

“It was important for us to have someone, in our minds, who was personally excellent,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said.

“We had planned on having a second round of interviews but ended our first round and decided there was only one man for the job. So rather than going to a second round we spent the rest of our time convincing Mickey to come to New York.”

“I’m so excited to get to know the players,” Callaway said. “Care more about the players than anyone ever has before. We’re going to know that they’re human beings and individuals. This is going to be a group that feels that every day we come to the clubhouse. That’s going to be our main concern. To show them that we know this game is difficult and we care about you as a player, a human being and about your personal life.”

Alderson had high praise for Terry Collins, the Mets longest tenured manager.

“You’re not the longest-tenured manager in Mets history without doing a lot of things [well],” Alderson said of Collins.

“Some of the things we think are important today relate to this team and to our situation, but don’t for a minute think all of this is a projection of anything that went on before. It’s just a recalibration.”

Callaway will have to tackle the issues that the Mets have experienced with starting pitching, mainly due to a rash of injuries.

The new Mets manages said that there are “a ton of things that can be implemented to keep pitchers healthy,” Callaway said. “Whatever those might be, whatever those might need to be for those individuals, we’ll implement those things.”

Alderson discussed trying to bring hitting coach Kevin Long back to the team after Long interviewed for the manager’s job.

“Right now I think it’s a possibility he’ll be back on staff,” Alderson said. “I think it’s very possible someone else will seek out Kevin.”

 

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Mets Sign Ervin Santana

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The New York Mets have announced that they have come to terms with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana on a minor league contract.

The deal, which is pending a physical, will see Santana head to Port St. Lucie to being working towards his return to the majors.

Santana, 36, missed the majority of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his right middle finger prior to the start of Spring Training, and leading the Minnesota Twins, his then-team, to decline a $14 million option on him back in November of 2018.

Prior to last season, Santana was a solid fixture in the Twins starting rotation for three seasons.

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Pirates’ Corey Dickerson To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Corey Dickerson

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the team’s Triple A affiliate on Friday, according to an official team announcement.

Dickerson has been out of action with a shoulder strain since April 4th, leading to the team signing veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who has played well during his stint with the team.

The Pirates have seen strong play from their outfielders, both defensively and at the plate, so the pending return of Dickerson will further bolster what has become a strength of the team.

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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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Kevin Cron

The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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