Today it was announced that the New York Mets have decided to part ways with bench coach Hensley Meulens. Meulens was brought onto the staff when the Mets had hired Carlos Beltran, I believe we remember the ending to that story.
We’re all aware that new owner Steve Cohen is a huge Mets fan, so this brings about the perfect opportunity for former infielder Edgardo Alfonzo to once again work at the Major League level.
Alfonzo was the head coach of the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones as recently as the 2019 campaign. He wasn’t there as just a figurehead as the former Met took the team all the way to win the NY-Penn Championship.
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While Meulens will likely have no issues finding a job as a he speaks multiple languages, the same might not hold to be true for Alfonzo.
Yes, Edgardo Alfonzo is a fan favorite and will remain so within the hearts of Mets fans. However, the more Fonzie goes on without a job on the baseball field, the more unlikely he is to return. It’s not a knock on him, but out of sight, out of mind.
So personally, yes, I’d absolutely love to see Fonze serve as the third base or bench coach going forward. But that might be the same instinct in me that wants to see Bartolo pitch in one more game for the Orange & Blue (Not really).
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New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen shed some light today on why the team has decided to change the role of former Brooklyn Cyclones manager Edgardo Alfonzo.
“Our decision not to bring him back to Brooklyn was a player development decision. I just want to keep ourselves on the path of putting our players in the best situation.”
Edgardo Alfonzo is now serving as team ambassador.
Source: Anthony DiComo
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The Mets have decided to not renew the contract of Brooklyn Cyclones manager and long time former New York Mets infielder Edgardo Alfonzo. The news comes as a shock, especially since Edgardo Alfonzo just lead the Cyclones to a championship this last campaign.
According to Mike Puma, Alfonzo was told that the “new regime” wants to bring in new people.
Alfonzo will remain in the organization as club ambassador.
I can’t say that I like or understand this move.
Source: Mike Puma
On August 30th, 1999, the Mets delivered a whoopin’ to the Astros in a 17-1 contest in which Mets starter Masato Yoshii picked up the W. A legend in the eyes on many fans, Alfonzo started the game off by homering off of a hanging curveball by Astros starter Shane Reynolds. It would go down as Alfonzo’s 21st home run of the year.
After a single in his next at-bat off of Reynolds, Alfonzo would go deep for the 22nd time of the season in the fourth, this time off of reliever Brian Williams. The home run was a 2-run bomb that was laced into the second deck of the Astrodome, driving in Rickey Henderson, the greatest lead-off hitter ever to play the game.
Astros pitcher Sean Bergman then gave up Iggy’s third home run of the game, 23rd of the season, in the sixth inninng. The Venezuelan native Alfonzo later lined a singled into left in the 8th inning for his fifth hit of the game, the hit would come off of Bergman.
Edgardo got his final knock in the 9th inning off of Trevor Williams with Todd Pratt and Benny Agbayani on first and second. Alfonzo would proceed to classically double to right field as he tends to do, driving in back-up catcher Todd Pratt.
That evening, the Mets number 2 hitter tied a club record with most home runs in a game, the last to do it… Gary Carter, ’85. He also set a club record with 16 total bases, eclipsing Darryll Strawberry, also in ’85.
Now as a 35 year old fan, this was one of the greatest games I’ve watched and Alfonzo goes down as my favorite second baseman to don the Orange & Blue. Watching him go opposite field was a thing of art and Fonzie was one bad ass artist when it came to creating a masterpiece.