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Mets to name Brodie Van Wagenen new general manager

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The Mets are finalizing paperwork to make CAA Sports agent Brodie Van Wagenen the organization’s newest general manager, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. As Craig noted on Friday, Van Wagenen was the presumed frontrunner for the position, despite his various conflicts of interest with the club. Sherman adds that an official press conference will be held to announce Van Wagenen’s hiring on Tuesday or Thursday, pending the conclusion of the World Series this week. The team has yet to confirm the appointment.

An additional report from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo revealed that the 44-year-old had been in talks with the Mets about the GM position — first as an advisor, then as a candidate — ever since Sandy Alderson stepped away from his role this summer. They ultimately elected not to go with either of the two finalists they were considering alongside Van Wagenen: Rays senior VP of baseball operations, Chaim Bloom, and Brewers senior advisor and two-time GM Doug Melvin.

It’s unclear exactly what Van Wagenen has in store for the Mets moving forward, and there are more than a few who doubt his ability to approach the role with the impartiality and expertise necessary to succeed. Per DiComo, CAA may promote fellow agents Jeff Berry and Nez Balelo in light of Van Wagenen’s departure. They’re also expected to try to retain his former clients, including current Mets players Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, and Tim Tebow, among others.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.