Mets GM Sandy Alderson’s contract expires at the end of this season, but as Mike Puma of the New York Post reports, he’s expected to stay on with the Mets, possibly as “President of Baseball Operations” as a means of matching the title-elevation going on around the league, but still serving the same role he always has, with assistant GM John Ricco as his chief lieutenant.
Alderson turns 70 soon and has had some health scares, but as Puma notes, the ex-Marine has shown no flagging on the job and, according to the folks he spoke to, seems as energetic and connected as he ever has.
As for the job he’s done: hard to blame him for what has happened to the Mets this year. Unless he’s somehow secretly injuring Mets players as some massive covert operation funded by the Washington Nationals.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.