The New York Mets have hired Allard Baird as their new VP of scouting and player development. He’ll assist new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
Most of you probably remember Baird as the general manager for the Kansas City Royals in the early 2000s. That’s back when the Royals lost 100 games or more four times in the span of five seasons. Baird took a lot of the blame for that before he left town. If that’s all you know about Baird, however, you don’t know the whole story.
The whole story involves (a) the Royals being a total train wreck of an organization before Baird even got the gig, making his job a rather hopeless one, even if he made missteps of his own; and (b) Baird leaving Kansas City and getting hired by the Red Sox, where he has served admirably for the past 12 years. In that time, of course, the Sox have won three World Series titles, with Baird’s scouting expertise a key part of all of that.
Which is to say that this is a good hire by the Mets.
Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.
Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.
Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.
In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.