Morning Briefing: Mets Hire Jeff Albert As Director Of Hitting

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Good morning, Mets followers!

The Mets employed former Astros and Cardinals coach Jeff Albert to be the group’s new director of hitting yesterday. Albert spent 4 years as Houston’s minor league hitting coordinator and served as the foremost league membership’s assistant hitting coach. He had two stints with the Cardinals, the primary of which as a minor league hitting coach after which in that very same function with the foremost league group for the final 4 years.

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The Mets introduced again minor league free agent Daison Acosta for the 2023 season. The right-hander was a top-30 organizational prospect earlier than present process Tommy John Surgery in 2019. This previous season, Acosta labored completely as a reliever for Brooklyn, delivering a glowing 1.36 ERA with 40 strikeouts and a .146 opponent batting common in 39 2/3 innings.

The Mets employed Eddy Rodriguez to be their new MiLB Field Coordinator. Rodriguez spent the final three years because the catching coach for the Marlins.

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Julio Rodríguez and Michael Harris I used to be named Rookie of the Year of their respective leagues. Rodríguez acquired 29 of the 30 first-place votes, whereas Harris garnered 22 first-place votes. Under the brand new CBA guidelines, the Mariners now obtain a further draft decide after the primary spherical as a result of Rodríguez was a top-100 prospect on the opening-day roster. Runner-up Adley Rutschman earns a full yr of service time regardless of not coming till May.

Former Dodgers All-Star outfielder Yasiel Puig has agreed to plead responsible to mendacity to officers about being concerned in an unlawful playing ring. According to the settlement, Puig admits to putting a whole lot of bets by means of a 3rd social gathering who labored for an unlawful playing enterprise between May and September of 2019. Puig pays at the least $55,000 in fines and faces as much as 5 years in jail.

Before Jeremy Peña was a World Series MVP, he was simply an unheralded child from Rhode Island who attended the University of Maine. of Michael Clair spoke with Peña and his outdated coaches about his journey to changing into a Houston legend.

Las Vegas will host the A’s and Reds for a two-game spring coaching collection on March 4-5, 2023. The video games will probably be performed at Las Vegas Ballpark, which opened in 2019.

The Marlins have named Caroline O’Connor their new president of enterprise operations. Miami is now the primary group within the United States’ main sports activities leagues to have ladies working the whole lot of the group’s day-to-day operations.

The Rays have launched left-handed pitcher Brendan McKay after he was outrighted off the roster final week. A as soon as highly-touted two-way participant, McKay was drafted fourth total by Tampa Bay in 2017 and acquired a signing bonus upwards of seven-million {dollars}. However, he struggled in his solely stint within the majors in 2019 and has battled arm accidents. He is out till the 2024 season after present process Tommy John Surgery.

In different information from Tampa Bay, the Rays are amongst a number of groups who’ve expressed curiosity in Oakland backstop Sean Murphy. Murphy received a Gold Glove in 2021 and has three extra years of group management.

The Cubs have launched Jason Heyward from the final yr of his eight-year, $184 million contract. Heyward struggled mightily in 48 video games in 2022 earlier than having his season lower brief on account of harm. Over the lifetime of his contract, Heyward hit simply .245/.323/.377 with 62 homers, though he did win two Gold Gloves.

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On This Date in Mets History

1988: The Mets as soon as once more fall brief of their bid for an MVP winner, as Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds end second and third, respectively, behind the Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson.

Birthdays: Randy Niemann (67), Yennsy Diaz (26)

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