Yes, coaching hires aren’t all that exciting, but this is an interesting possibility to pass along. According to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, Moises Alou is a candidate to be the Mets’ first base coach.
While the Mets have expressed their interest, Alou hasn’t decided if he will interview. Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com (via Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com) believes that Alou would prefer a front-office job in major league baseball, not necessarily one in uniform.
Alou, 44, is currently serving as the general manager for the Escogido Lions, the Dominican Winter League team managed by Ken Oberkfell, who also manages Triple-A Buffalo in the Mets’ organization.
It’s been hard to keep up with all the news flying around on the first day of the Winter Meetings, but something you may have missed is that the Mets interviewed Andy Van Slyke for their hitting coach vacancy today. Mets manager Terry Collins revealed that he is the first of four candidates for the job.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera didn’t play in the Tigers’ season finale against the White Sox, but he has officially clinched the AL batting title with a .338 average following Sunday’s action. It’s Cabrera’s fourth batting title in his last five seasons.
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon entered Sunday’s season finale with a bit more pressure. He was in a tight race with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, trailing only by rounding to the fourth place, .3307 to .3306. Gordon went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies while Harper went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Mets. As a result, Gordon officially won the NL batting title with a .330 average. It’s the first batting title of Gordon’s brief career. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins’ last batting champion, doing so in 2009.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.
Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.
The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.