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Mets narrow down their GM candidates to three

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Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the New York Mets have narrowed their list of general manager candidates to three: Chaim Bloom, Doug Melvin and Brodie Van Wagenen. All other candidates are out. They will conduct call-back interviews beginning tomorrow, which presumably means owner Fred Wilpon coming in and making the final decision.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Melvin is the front-runner based on his experience. Melvin, of course, ran the Milwaukee Brewers for years, transitioning out of the GM job and into an advisory role after the 2015 season. Before stepping back, Melvin was responsible for acquiring Corey Knebel and Josh Hader and re-acquiring Jeremy Jeffress, each of which played an important part on the 2018 team. It is thought that Fred Wilpon prefers a seasoned “baseball man” in the team’s GM roll, so if Wilpon gets his way, the 66-year-old Melvin will be the choice.

Fred Wilpon’s son Jeff, however, is thought to prefer a younger, analytical type. If he somehow gets his way, you’d figure it’d be Bloom, who is the vice president of baseball operations for the Rays. He was a front-runner for the Twins job when it was open. He certainly knows how to help build a competitive team on the cheap, which one presumes is what the Wilpons want.

Van Wagenen is an agent at CAA. That would be an unusual choice given the fairly adversarial relationship that exists between agents and clubs, but he’s obviously shown the Mets something if he’s a finalist.

The Players’ Weekend uniforms are terrible

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The Yankees and the Dodgers have a storied World Series history, having met in the Fall Classic 11 times. Part of what made those falls so classic was the livery worn by each club.

The Yankees’ uniforms have gone unchanged since 1936. The Dodgers, though changing cities in 1958, have had the same basic, classic look with only minor derivations for almost as long. You can’t even say the names of these teams without picturing pinstripes, those red Dodgers numbers, both teams’ clean road grays, the Yankees navy and the Dodgers’ Dodger blue.

They looked like a couple of expansion teams last night however, at least sartorially speaking.

As you probably know it’s Players’ Weekend this weekend, and teams all over the league wore either all black or all white with player-chosen nicknames on the back. We’ve had the nicknames for a couple of years now and that’s fine, but the black and white combo is new. It doesn’t look great, frankly. I riffed on that on Twitter yesterday a good bit. But beyond my mere distaste for the ensembles, they present a pretty problematic palette, too.

For one thing the guys in black blend in with the umpires. Quick, look at these infields and tell me who’s playing and who’s officiating:

The white batting helmets look especially bad:

But some guys — like Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers, realized that pine tar makes the white helmets look super special:

There was also a general issue with the white-on-white uniforms in that it’s rather hard to read the names and the numbers on the backs of the jerseys. This was especially true during the Cubs-Nationals game in the afternoon sunlight. You’ll note this as a much bigger problem on Sunday. It’s all rather ironic, of course, that the players have been given the right to put fun, quirky nicknames on the backs of their jerseys but no one can really see them.

The SNY booth was reading many people’s minds last night, noting how much Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” energy this is throwing off:

I’ll also note that if you’re flipping between games or looking at highlights on social media it’s super hard to even tell which team is which — and even what game’s highlights you’re seeing — just by looking which, you know, is sort of the point of having uniforms in the first place.

I’m glad the players have a weekend in which they’re allowed to wear what they want. I just wish they’d wear something better.