This bit of news will draw a grin from Mets fans.
Via Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have added former Expos and Mets GM Omar Minaya to the list of candidates set to interview for the club’s opening at general manager.
The job was made vacant at the end of the regular season when Tony Reagins was forced to resign.
Minaya, 52, served as the Expos’ GM from 2002-2004, just before their move to Washington, D.C. He then took over the same post for the Mets and remained in that role from 2005-2010.
Minaya enjoyed a good amount of success early in his tenure with New York, but things turned ugly quickly at the end and the Mets basically flipped over their entire front office once he was finally canned.
The Angels have also courted Rays executive Andrew Friedman, White Sox vice president Rick Hahn, former Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng, Diamondbacks vice president Jerry DiPoto, and Yankees executives Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer. It’s an impressive list of candidates, of which there currently is no favorite.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.