Pat Gillick drops out of running for Mets GM job

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According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Pat Gillick has taken his name out of the running for the Mets general manager job.

Gillick is known as one of the most successful executives in the game, leading the Blue Jays and Phillies to world championships. Now 74 years old, he still works with Philadelphia as a consultant. The team granted permission for an interview and Gillick spoke with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon today, according to Rosenthal.

“It was a very positive conversation,” Gillick said of his talk with Wilpon.”

“I wouldn’t mind working again. I would like to work again. But I
prefer to work here on the west coast. If it wasn’t for that, I’d
certainly be interested.”

While Gillick has officially dropped out, former A’s general manager and Padres CEO Sandy Alderson confirmed to Christian Red of the New York Daily News that he will interview for the Mets’ general manager job next week. The team is also expected to interview White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn, former Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes and former Royals general manager Allard Baird.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.