Sandy Alderson asked back for a 2nd interview with Mets

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Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse predicted one week ago that the Mets have already decided on hiring Sandy Alderson to serve as the club’s next general manager.

It looks like Price is going to be correct.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Alderson has been asked back for a second interview that will be attended by Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon and team president Saul Katz.  The meeting is expected to take place Thursday and it’s highly probable that Alderson, who did very well in his first chat with club officials, will be given the job soon after.

Alderson is currently working on Major League Baseball’s ongoing effort to clean up and police the amateur ranks in Latin America.  He was an executive with the A’s during their run of success in the 80s and 90s, and he has Bud Selig’s blessing to leave his current post.  In fact, Selig and Wilpon happen to be friends.

The Mets have also interviewed former Royals GM Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and Dodgers assistant GM Logan White.  It’s a list of impressive candidates, but most baseball insiders believe Alderson to be the most fitting option.

Twins reach historic home run total during 11-4 rout of White Sox

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The Twins trampled the White Sox on Friday night, cruising to a cool 11-4 lead over their division rivals and collecting their sixth double-digit win of 2019. Even more impressive, they picked up their 99th, 100th, and 101st home runs, a feat that’s rarely been matched in a team’s first 50 games of any given season.

The first homer of the night was delivered by Eddie Rosario in the third inning. Working against a single-run deficit, Rosario lifted an 0-1 fastball from the White Sox’ Reynaldo López, planting it firmly in the left field stands and evening the score, 4-4. Two batters later, Rosario’s solo home run got a sequel: a 398-footer from Miguel Sanó, this one postmarked for the upper deck in left.

In the fourth, now leading 5-4, the Twins saw a third and final homer from the bat of Max Kepler, whose center-field blast traveled a projected 397 feet to give the club a two-run advantage. Per MLB Stats, the Twins’ record — 101 homers in 50 games — stands second only to that of the 1999 Mariners, who managed to club 102 home runs before their 51st game of the season.

While the record has undoubtedly been a team effort, Rosario leads the pack with a team-best 15 homers so far this year, closely followed by C.J. Cron (13), Max Kepler (11), and Jonathan Schoop (10). Sanó, whose solo shot marked the team’s 100th home run of 2019, has just five, though there’s little doubt he’ll reach double digits before the end of the season.

According to MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park, the Twins also made it to an even 300 runs scored in 2019, for a satisfying average of six runs per game and a new franchise record (previous high mark: 273 runs scored in 1992). With the win, they improved to 34-16 on the year and continue to hold a comfortable eight-game lead in the AL Central.