MLB’s annual General Managers Meetings are taking place this week in Boca Raton, Florida, but the Mets’ Sandy Alderson will not be in attendance as he undergoes an unspecified medical procedure.
Alderson fainted while talking to reporters last Wednesday at Citi Field, with the Mets later saying that it was due to him missing breakfast and feeling lightheaded after being under the press room lights. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com was told by a team official that this week’s procedure is unrelated and that it was scheduled prior to the World Series.
The defending National League champion Mets have sent assistant general manager John Ricco, special assistant J.P. Ricciardi, and VP of player development and scouting Paul DePodesta to Florida this week as they get started with their offseason plan.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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