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Mets name remaining 2019 Major League coaching staff

The New York Mets announced today their remaining Major League coaching staff by naming Chili Davis the team's hitting coach, Chuck Hernandez the bullpen coach and Luis Rojas to the newly-created role of quality control coach.

"We are very excited with what we believe to be a well-rounded coaching staff with experience, extensive knowledge and strong instruction and assistance abilities," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "Our players will benefit greatly throughout 2019."  

The New York Mets announced today their remaining Major League coaching staff by naming Chili Davis the team's hitting coach, Chuck Hernandez the bullpen coach and Luis Rojas to the newly-created role of quality control coach.

"We are very excited with what we believe to be a well-rounded coaching staff with experience, extensive knowledge and strong instruction and assistance abilities," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "Our players will benefit greatly throughout 2019."  

"Brodie and I spent a lot of time finding the right mix of coaches," Mets Manager Mickey Callaway added. "We're especially glad to add an additional coach to the staff keeping pace with the industry standard."

Davis, 58, has been a Major League hitting coach since 2012 for three separate teams. He was Oakland's hitting coach from 2012-2014, Boston's hitting coach from 2015-2017 and was the Cubs hitting coach in 2018.

Under Davis, the Cubs offense led the NL with a .258 batting average and ranked second with a .333 OBP. In his three seasons with the Red Sox, Boston led the Majors in runs scored (2,411), was tied for first in on-base percentage (.334), ranked second in batting average (.268) and third in OPS (.762).

Davis played 19 years in the Majors from 1981-1999 where he hit 350 homers and drove in 1,372 runs. He was a three-time All-Star (1984, 1986, 1994) and won three World Series championships. He was originally selected in the 11th round of the 1977 draft by the Giants and became the first Jamaican-born player to reach the majors.

Hernandez, 58, spent the previous two years as Atlanta's pitching coach. He was the Braves' Minor League pitching coordinator in 2016. Prior to joining the Braves, he was the pitching coach for Miami from 2013-2015 and was an assistant coach at the University of South Florida from 2011-2012.

Hernandez was the bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians in 2009 and from 2006-2008, he served as the pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers. He worked as a coach in the Rays' Minor League system from 1997-2003 and was the Major League pitching coach for Tampa Bay in 2004 and 2005. He spent 11 seasons (1986-1996) as a Major and Minor League coach with the California Angels. Hernandez joined the Angels' Major League staff in 1992 and was named the pitching coach in 1992 at age 31 where he remained through 1996.

Hernandez was selected in the first round of the 1979 Draft by the Yankees out of Hillsborough Community College (FL) as a left-handed pitcher. He reached Double-A before beginning his coaching career in 1985 with the Gulf Coast League White Sox.

Rojas, 37, will be in uniform and will serve as a conduit between the front office and coaching staff on all issues including game preparation, strategy and analytics. 

Rojas had managed Binghamton, the Mets Double-A affiliate, the last two years and has managed in the Mets Minor League system since 2011, compiling a .537 (550-474) winning percentage. This will mark his 14th year in the organization. He guided Savannah to the South Atlantic League championship in 2013 and was named the South Atlantic League Manager of the Year in 2014. He led the Leones del Escogido to the Dominican Winter League title in 2015-2016.

Rojas played in the Orioles, Marlins and Expos/Nationals Minor League systems from 1999-2005.

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Mets name Jared Banner, Executive Director, Player Development

Promote Ian Levin, Senior Director, Baseball Operations

FLUSHING, N.Y., December 7, 2018 -- The New York Mets announced today that the club named Jared Banner, Executive Director, Player Development and promoted Ian Levin to Senior Director, Baseball Operations.

"I'm excited to continue to invest in the front office with personnel that have a championship pedigree," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "We are looking to build the organization to achieve consistent success by incorporating new members and promoting from within."

FLUSHING, N.Y., December 7, 2018 -- The New York Mets announced today that the club named Jared Banner, Executive Director, Player Development and promoted Ian Levin to Senior Director, Baseball Operations.

"I'm excited to continue to invest in the front office with personnel that have a championship pedigree," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "We are looking to build the organization to achieve consistent success by incorporating new members and promoting from within."

Banner, 32, will oversee the Mets minor league system. He had served as the Red Sox Vice President, Player Personnel for the last two years where he oversaw scouting of professional players in international leagues in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico and others. The Brooklyn, NY native was Boston's Director, Player Personnel in 2016. Banner first joined the club in 2007 as a fellow in the baseball operations department. He was the Assistant, Player Development for Boston from 2008-2009 and the Assistant, Amateur Scouting from 2009-2010. Banner worked as the Coordinator, Amateur Scouting from 2010-2012 before becoming the Assistant Director, Player Personnel from 2013-2015. The Amherst College graduate played four years of varsity baseball as an outfielder and was the team captain in 2007.

Levin, 34, who served as the Mets Director, Player Development for the last two years, will have his role expanded to include analytics, player development and health and performance.

He has worked for the Mets since 2005, beginning as a Media Relations intern. He was a Baseball Operations intern in 2006 before serving as the Coordinator of Amateur Scouting from 2007-2012. Levin later worked as the Manager of Baseball Analytics from 2013-2014 before becoming the Director of Minor League Operations from 2015-2016.

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Mets acquire eight-time All-Star Robinson Canó & 2018 AL Reliever of the Year Edwin Dĺaz from Seattle

The New York Mets announced Monday that the club has acquired eight-time All-Star infielder Robinson Canó, 2018 Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year RHP Edwin Díaz and cash from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Jay Bruce, RHP Anthony Swarzak, RHP Gerson Bautista, minor league RHP Justin Dunn and minor league outfielder Jarred Kelenic.

Canó, 36, is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner (2010, 2012) and a five-time Silver Slugger recipient (2006, 2010-2013). He ranks second in major league history in home runs among second basemen with 296. Jeff Kent is first with 351. Canó is one of three second basemen (career primary position) in MLB history to record 1,100 runs, 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 homers and 1,200 RBI joining Rogers Hornsby and Kent.

Canó batted .303 (94-310) with 22 doubles, 10 homers, 50 RBI, 44 runs scored and a .374 OBP in 80 games for the Mariners last year. The 6-0, 212-pounder hit .333 (36-108) vs. lefties, ranking third in the majors among lefthanded batters (min. 100 PA). He played in 150 or more games 11 straight years from 2007-2017. He has twice led the American League in fielding percentage by a second baseman (.996 in 2010 and .996 in 2016). 

Canó has collected 769 extra-base hits since 2007, the second-most in the majors behind Miguel Cabrera (781). The San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic native is tied for 40th place with Lou Gehrig on MLB's all-time doubles list with 534. He ranks in the top five among active players in hits (fourth), doubles (third), RBI (third) and runs (fifth).

He has hit .304 (2,470-8,112) with 534 doubles, 33 triples, 311 homers, 1,233 RBI, 1,188 runs scored, a .355 OBP and a .493 slugging percentage in 2,078 games with the Yankees (2005-2013) and Mariners (2014-2018).

Canó, who has five years remaining on his contract, established the RC22 Foundation in 2011 to provide hope to sick and underprivileged children in New York City and the Dominican Republic and in 2015, he opened the RC22 DREAM School and early childhood education center in San Pedro de Macoris. 

Díaz, 24, led the majors with 57 saves last season, which was tied for the second-highest total in major league history with Bobby Thigpen (1990 White Sox), trailing only Francisco Rodriguez (62 saves with 2008 Angels). He was named to his first All-Star team and had a 1.96 ERA (16 earned runs/73.1 innings) in 2018.

Díaz ranked second among all relievers with 124 strikeouts, led AL relievers in WHIP (0.79), second in opponents' OBP (.229), third in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (15.22), third in ERA, fourth in opponents' slugging percentage (.241) and fifth in opponents' batting average (.160) last season.

The Humacao, Puerto Rico native became only the second reliever in MLB history with 50 or more saves and 100 or more strikeouts in a season, joining Eric Gagne (2002-2003) and posted the seventh-best FanGraphs WAR (3.5) for a single-season among all relievers since 2000.

Díaz, who is under team control through 2022, established a single-season major league record with 27 saves when entering with a one-run lead and the Mariners were 66-0 in 2018 when he entered a game with a lead. The 6-3, 165-pounder has 301 strikeouts and 64 walks over 191.0 career innings, 109 saves and a 2.64 ERA spanning his first three major league seasons.

Bruce, 31, is a three-time All-Star, who hit .223 (71-319) with nine homers and 37 RBI in 94 games last year. Over his 11-year major league career, Bruce has batted .247 (1,365-5,524) with 286 home runs and 875 RBI.

Swarzak, 33, went 0-2 with a 6.15 ERA (18 earned runs/26.1 innings) in 29 games in 2018. He is 23-32 with six saves and a 4.30 ERA (281 earned runs/587.2 innings) in 316 major league games with the Twins, Indians, Yankees, White Sox, Brewers and Mets. 

Bautista, 23, appeared in five games for the Mets and went 4-2 with a 5.74 ERA (34 earned runs/53.1 innings) in 42 minor league games last year.

Dunn, 23, was 8-8 with a 3.59 ERA (54 earned runs/135.1 innings) with 156 strikeouts in 24 combined minor league starts between Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League last year. He was the 19th overall pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

Kelenic, 19, hit .286 (63-220) with 10 doubles, six triples, six homers and 42 RBI in 56 minor league games between the rookie-level Gulf Coast Mets and Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League last year. He was the sixth overall selection in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

The New York Mets announced Monday that the club has acquired eight-time All-Star infielder Robinson Canó, 2018 Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year RHP Edwin Díaz and cash from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Jay Bruce, RHP Anthony Swarzak, RHP Gerson Bautista, minor league RHP Justin Dunn and minor league outfielder Jarred Kelenic.

Canó, 36, is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner (2010, 2012) and a five-time Silver Slugger recipient (2006, 2010-2013). He ranks second in major league history in home runs among second basemen with 296. Jeff Kent is first with 351. Canó is one of three second basemen (career primary position) in MLB history to record 1,100 runs, 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 homers and 1,200 RBI joining Rogers Hornsby and Kent.

Canó batted .303 (94-310) with 22 doubles, 10 homers, 50 RBI, 44 runs scored and a .374 OBP in 80 games for the Mariners last year. The 6-0, 212-pounder hit .333 (36-108) vs. lefties, ranking third in the majors among lefthanded batters (min. 100 PA). He played in 150 or more games 11 straight years from 2007-2017. He has twice led the American League in fielding percentage by a second baseman (.996 in 2010 and .996 in 2016). 

Canó has collected 769 extra-base hits since 2007, the second-most in the majors behind Miguel Cabrera (781). The San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic native is tied for 40th place with Lou Gehrig on MLB's all-time doubles list with 534. He ranks in the top five among active players in hits (fourth), doubles (third), RBI (third) and runs (fifth).

He has hit .304 (2,470-8,112) with 534 doubles, 33 triples, 311 homers, 1,233 RBI, 1,188 runs scored, a .355 OBP and a .493 slugging percentage in 2,078 games with the Yankees (2005-2013) and Mariners (2014-2018).

Canó, who has five years remaining on his contract, established the RC22 Foundation in 2011 to provide hope to sick and underprivileged children in New York City and the Dominican Republic and in 2015, he opened the RC22 DREAM School and early childhood education center in San Pedro de Macoris. 

Díaz, 24, led the majors with 57 saves last season, which was tied for the second-highest total in major league history with Bobby Thigpen (1990 White Sox), trailing only Francisco Rodriguez (62 saves with 2008 Angels). He was named to his first All-Star team and had a 1.96 ERA (16 earned runs/73.1 innings) in 2018.

Díaz ranked second among all relievers with 124 strikeouts, led AL relievers in WHIP (0.79), second in opponents' OBP (.229), third in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (15.22), third in ERA, fourth in opponents' slugging percentage (.241) and fifth in opponents' batting average (.160) last season.

The Humacao, Puerto Rico native became only the second reliever in MLB history with 50 or more saves and 100 or more strikeouts in a season, joining Eric Gagne (2002-2003) and posted the seventh-best FanGraphs WAR (3.5) for a single-season among all relievers since 2000.

Díaz, who is under team control through 2022, established a single-season major league record with 27 saves when entering with a one-run lead and the Mariners were 66-0 in 2018 when he entered a game with a lead. The 6-3, 165-pounder has 301 strikeouts and 64 walks over 191.0 career innings, 109 saves and a 2.64 ERA spanning his first three major league seasons.

Bruce, 31, is a three-time All-Star, who hit .223 (71-319) with nine homers and 37 RBI in 94 games last year. Over his 11-year major league career, Bruce has batted .247 (1,365-5,524) with 286 home runs and 875 RBI.

Swarzak, 33, went 0-2 with a 6.15 ERA (18 earned runs/26.1 innings) in 29 games in 2018. He is 23-32 with six saves and a 4.30 ERA (281 earned runs/587.2 innings) in 316 major league games with the Twins, Indians, Yankees, White Sox, Brewers and Mets. 

Bautista, 23, appeared in five games for the Mets and went 4-2 with a 5.74 ERA (34 earned runs/53.1 innings) in 42 minor league games last year.

Dunn, 23, was 8-8 with a 3.59 ERA (54 earned runs/135.1 innings) with 156 strikeouts in 24 combined minor league starts between Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League last year. He was the 19th overall pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

Kelenic, 19, hit .286 (63-220) with 10 doubles, six triples, six homers and 42 RBI in 56 minor league games between the rookie-level Gulf Coast Mets and Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League last year. He was the sixth overall selection in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

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Mets sign infielder Dilson Herrera to a Minor League contract

The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed infielder Dilson Herrera to a minor league contract and invited him to major league spring training.

Herrera, 24, has appeared in 102 major league games across three seasons for Cincinnati and the Mets. During the 2018 season, he batted .184 (16-87) in a career-high 53 major league games for the Reds, his first major league action since 2015, with five doubles, five home runs and 11 RBI. In 71 minor league contests last season, Herrera batted .297 (80-269) with 13 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 35 RBI.

The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed infielder Dilson Herrera to a minor league contract and invited him to major league spring training.

Herrera, 24, has appeared in 102 major league games across three seasons for Cincinnati and the Mets. During the 2018 season, he batted .184 (16-87) in a career-high 53 major league games for the Reds, his first major league action since 2015, with five doubles, five home runs and 11 RBI. In 71 minor league contests last season, Herrera batted .297 (80-269) with 13 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 35 RBI.

The Cartagena, Colombia native returns to the Mets organization after being dealt to the Reds on August 1, 2016 with Max Wotell in exchange for outfielder Jay Bruce. Herrera made his major league debut with the Mets on August 29, 2014 and played in 49 games for New York during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Herrera is a lifetime .203 hitter (48-236) in the majors with eight doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 28 RBI. In eight minor league seasons, Herrera has hit .295 (789-3,014) with 162 doubles, 26 triples, 76 home runs and 378 RBI in 702 games. 

Herrera was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a non-drafted free agent in 2010. The Mets first acquired Herrera from Pittsburgh on August 27, 2013 along with RHP Vic Black in exchange for catcher John Buck and outfielder Marlon Byrd. 

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Mets name Allard Baird VP, assistant GM, scouting & player development

The New York Mets announced today that the club named Allard Baird Vice President, Assistant General Manager, Scouting & Player Development.

Baird, 57, had worked for the Boston Red Sox since 2006. He also was the Senior Vice President, General Manager for the Kansas City Royals from June, 2000-May, 2006.

The New York Mets announced today that the club named Allard Baird Vice President, Assistant General Manager, Scouting & Player Development.

Baird, 57, had worked for the Boston Red Sox since 2006. He also was the Senior Vice President, General Manager for the Kansas City Royals from June, 2000-May, 2006.

"We are excited to continue to bolster our front office with senior leadership," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "Allard has a championship resume and played a key role in helping the Red Sox win three World Series titles. He will be a great resource to myself and our entire baseball operations department."

"I'm thrilled to join the Mets and am ready for this opportunity to help build the Mets into perennial contenders," Baird said. "A key ingredient that drew me to this role was Brodie's leadership and vision."

Baird spent 18 years with the Royals after beginning as a Minor League hitting coach in 1988. He later was Kansas City's National Scouting Cross-Checker from 1993-1997. Baird became the Assistant General Manager in 1998 before taking over as the GM in June, 2000.

The Rochester, NH native joined the Red Sox in July, 2006 as a special assignment scout. He also served as an advisor to GM Theo Epstein in 2007 and later became the Assistant General Manager. From 2011-2014, he was the Vice President, Professional Scouting, overseeing the Red Sox professional scouting department and from 2015 through last season he worked as the Senior Vice President, Player Personnel.

Baird was a member of the Baseball Olympic Selection for the United States 2000 Gold medal-winning team. He was the head baseball coach at Broward (FL) Community College in 1987 and began his coaching tenure in 1986 as an assistant at Southern Arkansas University following his playing career at SAU. Baird was inducted into the Southern Arkansas University Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Baird and his wife Julie have been married 36 years.

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Mets claim OF-1B Jordan Patterson from Colorado

The New York Mets announced today that the club claimed outfielder-first baseman Jordan Patterson off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. The Mets currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

Patterson, 26, hit .271 (112-413) with 23 doubles, 26 homers, 76 RBIs and a .367 OBP in 118 games with Albuquerque (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League last year. He was ranked the 16th-best prospect in the Rockies organization in 2018 according to MLB.com.

The New York Mets announced today that the club claimed outfielder-first baseman Jordan Patterson off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. The Mets currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

Patterson, 26, hit .271 (112-413) with 23 doubles, 26 homers, 76 RBIs and a .367 OBP in 118 games with Albuquerque (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League last year. He was ranked the 16th-best prospect in the Rockies organization in 2018 according to MLB.com.

He appeared in 10 games with Colorado in 2016, going 8-18 (.444) with two RBIs.

Patterson batted .283 (137-484) with 32 doubles, 26 home runs and 92 RBIs in 131 games with Albuquerque in 2017.

He was originally a fourth-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft by the Rockies. Patterson has hit .285 (705-2,471) with 163 doubles, 107 home runs, 407 RBIs and a .365 OBP in 678 career Minor League games.

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Mets sign LHP Ryan O'Rourke to a Minor League contract

The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed LHP Ryan O'Rourke to a minor league contract and invited him to major league spring training. 

O'Rourke, 30, has appeared in 54 major league games from 2015-2016 with the Minnesota Twins, posting a 4.98 ERA (26 earned runs/47.0 innings) with 48 strikeouts.

The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed LHP Ryan O'Rourke to a minor league contract and invited him to major league spring training. 

O'Rourke, 30, has appeared in 54 major league games from 2015-2016 with the Minnesota Twins, posting a 4.98 ERA (26 earned runs/47.0 innings) with 48 strikeouts.

He posted a 1.26 ERA (two earned runs/14.1 innings) with one walk and 21 strikeouts in 15 combined games in Baltimore's minor league system in 2018. O'Rourke missed all of 2017 and most of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May, 2017.

O'Rourke was originally drafted by the Twins in the 13th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He has 386 strikeouts in 371.2 career minor league innings.

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Jacob deGrom named National League Cy Young Award winner

FLUSHING, N.Y., November 14, 2018 - New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom tonight was named the 2018 National League Cy Young Award recipient by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).

DeGrom, who received 207 points, including 29 of 30 first place votes, joins Tom Seaver (1969, 1973 and 1975), Dwight Gooden (1985) and R.A. Dickey (2012) as the only pitchers in team history to win the NL Cy Young Award.

FLUSHING, N.Y., November 14, 2018 - New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom tonight was named the 2018 National League Cy Young Award recipient by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).

DeGrom, who received 207 points, including 29 of 30 first place votes, joins Tom Seaver (1969, 1973 and 1975), Dwight Gooden (1985) and R.A. Dickey (2012) as the only pitchers in team history to win the NL Cy Young Award.

The righthander led the majors in ERA (1.70), opponent's slugging (.277), opponent's OPS (.521) and home runs per nine innings (0.41). He finished second in the majors in innings (217.0) and fourth in the majors with a career-high 269 strikeouts. DeGrom ended the year holding opponents to three runs or fewer in 29 straight starts, the longest single-season streak in major league history (min. 50.0 combined innings in those starts) and hurled 24 consecutive quality starts, the longest single-season streak in major league history.

"I want to thank the Baseball Writers for this honor," deGrom said. "I'm extremely humbled to win this award along with some other great former Mets such as Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and R.A. Dickey. I'd especially like to thank my teammates, coaching staff and my family."

"Jacob had one of the most remarkable seasons in baseball history," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said. "The entire Mets organization is proud of his accomplishment and this is a moment all Mets fans can celebrate."

DeGrom was named to his second All-Star team this year (also 2015) and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was just the 10th time since 1920 that a pitcher had at least 200.0 innings and an ERA of 1.70 or lower in a season. He's the only pitcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to have a season with a sub-2.00 ERA, at least 260 strikeouts, 50 or fewer walks and 10 or fewer home runs allowed.

"I had the best seat in the house to watch Jacob's brilliance every fifth day," Mets Manager Mickey Callaway said. "His competitive spirt is unlike anything I've ever seen and simply the best season I've ever witnessed from a pitcher."

"Jacob clearly established himself as the best pitcher in baseball for 2018," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "His consistency and competitiveness were unmatched. I've always been impressed with his professional and dedicated approach on and off the field in addition to being a tremendous teammate."

DeGrom will be presented with the award during the 96th Annual New York Baseball Writers' Dinner on January 26, 2019 at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel.

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Mets announce 2018 Metsgiving initiatives

The New York Mets announced today the return of their MetsGiving initiative, which encompasses a series of programs in November and December that focuses on helping the community during the holiday season. The events, including food and coat drives, a turkey giveaway, and a kids holiday party will feature Mets players, front-office staff, corporate partners and fans all working together to give back and help those underserved in the community.

Wednesday, November 14 - Mets 13th Annual Coat Drive
Mets Team Store at Citi Field 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  
The Mets are teaming up with New York Cares for the 13th Annual Mets "Warm-Up" Holiday Coat Drive presented by UnitedHealthcare. Mets personnel and UnitedHealthcare employee volunteers will collect donations to keep those in need warm during the cold winter months in New York. Fans donating new or gently used coats will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to select Mets home games in 2019. Further details can be found at mets.com/coatdrive.

The New York Mets announced today the return of their MetsGiving initiative, which encompasses a series of programs in November and December that focuses on helping the community during the holiday season. The events, including food and coat drives, a turkey giveaway, and a kids holiday party will feature Mets players, front-office staff, corporate partners and fans all working together to give back and help those underserved in the community.

Wednesday, November 14 - Mets 13th Annual Coat Drive
Mets Team Store at Citi Field 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  
The Mets are teaming up with New York Cares for the 13th Annual Mets "Warm-Up" Holiday Coat Drive presented by UnitedHealthcare. Mets personnel and UnitedHealthcare employee volunteers will collect donations to keep those in need warm during the cold winter months in New York. Fans donating new or gently used coats will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to select Mets home games in 2019. Further details can be found at mets.com/coatdrive.

Friday, November 16 - Fifth Annual Turkey Giveaway
Mets players and employees will distribute more than 800 turkeys to families in need across all five boroughs. The Mets will work with the New York Common Pantry to hand out turkeys in Manhattan, Agape Food Rescue in Brooklyn, Hope Line in the Bronx, Project Hospitality in Staten Island and The River Fund NY in Queens. Each family will also receive ticket vouchers redeemable to select games during the 2019 season.

The Mets will continue the tradition of providing complete Thanksgiving meals to 25 families in those neighborhoods closest to Citi Field including Corona, East Elmhurst and Richmond Hill. Mets players and employees will donate the food and personally deliver the packages to the families' homes in conjunction with NYPD Community Affairs. Players assisting with the deliveries will be announced at a later date.

Tuesday, December 4 - Kids Holiday Party
Foxwoods Club at Citi Field 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
More than 100 students from local elementary schools will come to Citi Field to play games, enjoy lunch and perform holiday songs at the annual Kids Holiday party. The children will receive a special visit from Santa and his elves who will be delivering gifts. Mets players participating in the event will be announced at a later date. 

Tuesday, December 11 - Food Drive presented by Hain Celestial 
Mets Team Store at Citi Field 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to bring canned and packaged goods (no glass containers) and enjoy a special appearance by Mr. Met. Food collected will benefit the Mary Brennan Inn on Long Island. Fans donating at least 10 non-perishable items will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a select Mets home game in 2019. For more information, visit mets.com/fooddrive. 

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2019 Mets tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Via Mets.com/tickets and (718) 507-TIXX

The New York Mets today announced that tickets for all 2019 regular season home games at Citi Field will go on sale Friday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Mets.com/tickets and (718) 507-TIXX. Season tickets and partial plans are on sale now at mets.com/TicketPlans.

Highlights of the 2019 regular season home schedule include:
•   Home Opener at Citi Field vs. the Washington Nationals, April 4
•   Subway Series vs. the New York Yankees, July 2-3
•   1969 World Series 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, June 28-30 vs. the Atlanta Braves
•   Interleague Series at Citi Field include:

The New York Mets today announced that tickets for all 2019 regular season home games at Citi Field will go on sale Friday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Mets.com/tickets and (718) 507-TIXX. Season tickets and partial plans are on sale now at mets.com/TicketPlans.

Highlights of the 2019 regular season home schedule include:
•   Home Opener at Citi Field vs. the Washington Nationals, April 4
•   Subway Series vs. the New York Yankees, July 2-3
•   1969 World Series 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, June 28-30 vs. the Atlanta Braves
•   Interleague Series at Citi Field include:

  • Minnesota Twins, April 9-10
  • Detroit Tigers, May 24-26
  • Cleveland Indians, August 20-22

•   Weekend Series vs. N.L. Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, September 13-15 

The 2019 season will feature the return of popular weekend promotions: 

•   Free Shirt Fridays - All fans in attendance will receive a free Mets t-shirt, including two replica jersey giveaways, at each Friday game at Citi Field (excluding July 5)
•   Super Saturdays - Fans will enjoy unique giveaways and promotional items, including a Todd Frazier WWE Day Bobblehead on April 6 and a Mr. Met on the Moon Bobblehead presented by Citi on July 27
•   McDonald's Family Sunday - Every Sunday home game includes pre-game activities on the Mets Plaza, promotional giveaways at the gate, and the opportunity for kids to run the bases postgame in the Mr. Met Dash presented by Northwell Health

For the complete 2019 promotional calendar, visit mets.com/promos.  

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Mets and special assistant to the general manager J.P. Ricciardi agree to part ways

The New York Mets announced today that the club and Special Assistant to the General Manager J.P. Ricciardi have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately.

"The Mets are grateful for all J.P. has brought to the team over the last eight seasons and we wish him all the best going forward," Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said. "He was and will continue to be a friend. J.P. was instrumental in identifying and bringing talent to the Mets that helped develop our growth throughout the entire system and stepped up to play an even larger role when we needed him over the time Sandy had to step away. "

The New York Mets announced today that the club and Special Assistant to the General Manager J.P. Ricciardi have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately.

"The Mets are grateful for all J.P. has brought to the team over the last eight seasons and we wish him all the best going forward," Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said. "He was and will continue to be a friend. J.P. was instrumental in identifying and bringing talent to the Mets that helped develop our growth throughout the entire system and stepped up to play an even larger role when we needed him over the time Sandy had to step away. "

"I want to express my gratitude to Fred and Jeff for giving me the opportunity to spend the last eight years in New York," Ricciardi said. "Additionally I want to thank Sandy for originally bringing me to New York and serving as a great mentor and an even better friend. Helping the Wilpon family towards their goal of making the Mets a successful franchise year in and year out was an honor. I'm looking forward to my next chapter and will continue to wish Brodie and the rest of the organization success." 

Ricciardi is free to immediately search for opportunities with other clubs.

Ricciardi, 59, joined the Mets organization on November 2, 2010, when he was named a Special Assistant to then-General Manager Sandy Alderson. Prior to his time in New York, he served as the General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2001-2009.

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Mets roster moves

The New York Mets announced the following roster moves today. The Mets 40-man roster is now at 38.

Reinstated outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, outfielder Juan Lagares, infielder T.J. Rivera, RHP Eric Hanhold and RHP Bobby Wahl from the 60-Day Disabled List.

The New York Mets announced the following roster moves today. The Mets 40-man roster is now at 38.

Reinstated outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, outfielder Juan Lagares, infielder T.J. Rivera, RHP Eric Hanhold and RHP Bobby Wahl from the 60-Day Disabled List.

Infielder Jack Reinheimer was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs.

Outrighted LHP P.J. Conlon to Triple-A Syracuse.

Announced that RHP Rafael Montero and infielder Phillip Evans were outrighted and elected free agency. RHP Jamie Callahan was outrighted and became a minor league free agent.

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Mets name Brodie Van Wagenen general manager

FLUSHING, N.Y., October 29, 2018 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has named Brodie Van Wagenen the club's 13th General Manager in franchise history. He will be introduced at a press conference tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at Citi Field.

Van Wagenen, 44, co-founded the baseball division of CAA Sports in 2006 where he served as the co-head of CAA Baseball. In 2017, he was just one of three agents named on USA Today's Top 100 "Most Powerful People in MLB."

FLUSHING, N.Y., October 29, 2018 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has named Brodie Van Wagenen the club's 13th General Manager in franchise history. He will be introduced at a press conference tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at Citi Field.

Van Wagenen, 44, co-founded the baseball division of CAA Sports in 2006 where he served as the co-head of CAA Baseball. In 2017, he was just one of three agents named on USA Today's Top 100 "Most Powerful People in MLB."

"Brodie is an extremely knowledgeable, creative, progressive and collaborative leader, who I'm confident will lead us toward sustainable success," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said. "I'm very excited for our fans to hear and see the direction Brodie outlined for us."

"Brodie showed us he is a progressive thinker, who is prepared for this role and has great baseball acumen," Mets Chairman of the Board & CEO Fred Wilpon said. "Jeff brought forward an array of candidates and we all agreed that Brodie's high character, blend of analytics, scouting and development ideas illustrate why he will be successful in this role."

Van Wagenen worked for IMG as an agent from 2001 until joining CAA. He began his professional career with Athlete Direct, a tech startup company that provided online business sites for athletes. Van Wagenen attended Stanford University on a baseball scholarship as an outfielder. He played for the Cardinal in 1993 and 1994 where he was teammates with current Astros manager A.J. Hinch.

"I'm beyond excited and motivated to take on this new challenge," Van Wagenen said. "I want to thank Fred and Jeff for believing in my vision and abilities. I look forward to beginning the progress of getting the Mets to contend for a championship year after year."

Van Wagnen, a native of California and his wife, Molly, have three children and reside in Connecticut. Molly was the captain of Stanford's women's swimming and diving team from 1992-1995 and her stepfather was the late astronaut Neil Armstrong.

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Medical update on Yoenis Céspedes

Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes underwent surgery to remove bone calcification in his left heel earlier today. Dr. Robert Anderson performed the procedure in Charlotte. 

Dr. Anderson performed a similar procedure on Céspedes' right heel on August 2.

Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes underwent surgery to remove bone calcification in his left heel earlier today. Dr. Robert Anderson performed the procedure in Charlotte. 

Dr. Anderson performed a similar procedure on Céspedes' right heel on August 2.

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Governor Cuomo announces NY Mets and county close to finalizing a lease extension to keep professional baseball in Onondaga County for next 25 years

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the New York Mets, New York State, Onondaga County and the City Of Syracuse are committed to signing a lease extension to keep professional baseball in Onondaga County for the next 25 years. Under terms of the agreement, the New York Mets would sign a 25 year lease and the State, County and City will invest $26.25 million to modernize and upgrade NBT Bank Stadium, making it a suitable home for professional, AAA baseball for the next 25 years.

Additionally, Mets officials announced that the name of the Triple-A affiliate will be changed to the Syracuse Mets. New home and road uniforms were unveiled along with the new primary logo that features the words "Syracuse Mets" emblazoned over the State of New York. The team will wear a new "S" in a nostalgic font on their hats.

"Baseball has been engrained in Syracuse's history for more than 80 years, and this critically important investment will ensure that it remains an 'amazin' part of this community's future for decades to come," Governor Cuomo said. "By renovating this stadium, we are going to attract new and old fans alike, generate economic activity and increase tourism across the region and help foster the next generation of baseball greats."

City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, "This investment by the County Executive and the Governor exemplifies the partnerships necessary to sustain and grow our city and region. I am excited to welcome the Syracuse Mets to our community, which ensures that a baseball team and stadium will remain in Syracuse and continue to provide recreational opportunities for our region to enjoy."

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "Governor Cuomo is a true champion for upstate New York. We are grateful for his support, which will ensure that NBT Stadium continues serving as an economic engine for our region. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's commitment and leadership, we are continuing to see great momentum and progress in Central New York."

The Mets have also committed to use their expert design team to develop many of the improvements and upgrades to NBT Bank Stadium, allowing local dollars to be spent on the construction of the project instead of various fees associated with design and engineering.
"We look forward to being in Syracuse as an organization and in the community with our top minor league club for many years to come," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. "We must thank Governor Cuomo for his continued support. Additional thanks to Joanie Mahoney, the great folks at the ESD as well as the Onondaga County Legislators for all their efforts."

Onondaga County will reinvest revenue from stadium naming rights revenue in addition to bond proceeds to the project. The NBT Bank Stadium renovation will have a keen focus on hospitality and the improvement of the fan experience. Improvements will be focused on the in seat and in venue experience, with an emphasis on technology. The retail environment will see an upgrade with additional & renovated team stores, and rebranding and improvement to the food & beverage experience, with a focus on showcasing NYS best food and drink.

In addition, capital will be focused on replacing and extending the useful life on various mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and security systems and the refreshing of public restrooms. Ushering in the Syracuse Mets era will include a re-conceptualization of both interior and exterior stadium color palette, branding, and wayfinding. With the intention of creating a destination for fans of all ages to enjoy, emphasis will be placed on creating a more walk-able neighborhood venue environment that Mets have come to know and love at Citi Field. Plans are currently in development to extend the concourse beyond the 1st and 3rd base lines with amenities such as destination bars and food concepts. Construction will begin in 2019.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the New York Mets, New York State, Onondaga County and the City Of Syracuse are committed to signing a lease extension to keep professional baseball in Onondaga County for the next 25 years. Under terms of the agreement, the New York Mets would sign a 25 year lease and the State, County and City will invest $26.25 million to modernize and upgrade NBT Bank Stadium, making it a suitable home for professional, AAA baseball for the next 25 years.

Additionally, Mets officials announced that the name of the Triple-A affiliate will be changed to the Syracuse Mets. New home and road uniforms were unveiled along with the new primary logo that features the words "Syracuse Mets" emblazoned over the State of New York. The team will wear a new "S" in a nostalgic font on their hats.

"Baseball has been engrained in Syracuse's history for more than 80 years, and this critically important investment will ensure that it remains an 'amazin' part of this community's future for decades to come," Governor Cuomo said. "By renovating this stadium, we are going to attract new and old fans alike, generate economic activity and increase tourism across the region and help foster the next generation of baseball greats."

City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, "This investment by the County Executive and the Governor exemplifies the partnerships necessary to sustain and grow our city and region. I am excited to welcome the Syracuse Mets to our community, which ensures that a baseball team and stadium will remain in Syracuse and continue to provide recreational opportunities for our region to enjoy."

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "Governor Cuomo is a true champion for upstate New York. We are grateful for his support, which will ensure that NBT Stadium continues serving as an economic engine for our region. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's commitment and leadership, we are continuing to see great momentum and progress in Central New York."

The Mets have also committed to use their expert design team to develop many of the improvements and upgrades to NBT Bank Stadium, allowing local dollars to be spent on the construction of the project instead of various fees associated with design and engineering.
"We look forward to being in Syracuse as an organization and in the community with our top minor league club for many years to come," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. "We must thank Governor Cuomo for his continued support. Additional thanks to Joanie Mahoney, the great folks at the ESD as well as the Onondaga County Legislators for all their efforts."

Onondaga County will reinvest revenue from stadium naming rights revenue in addition to bond proceeds to the project. The NBT Bank Stadium renovation will have a keen focus on hospitality and the improvement of the fan experience. Improvements will be focused on the in seat and in venue experience, with an emphasis on technology. The retail environment will see an upgrade with additional & renovated team stores, and rebranding and improvement to the food & beverage experience, with a focus on showcasing NYS best food and drink.

In addition, capital will be focused on replacing and extending the useful life on various mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and security systems and the refreshing of public restrooms. Ushering in the Syracuse Mets era will include a re-conceptualization of both interior and exterior stadium color palette, branding, and wayfinding. With the intention of creating a destination for fans of all ages to enjoy, emphasis will be placed on creating a more walk-able neighborhood venue environment that Mets have come to know and love at Citi Field. Plans are currently in development to extend the concourse beyond the 1st and 3rd base lines with amenities such as destination bars and food concepts. Construction will begin in 2019.
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