Mets manager Mickey Callaway’s job was believed to be on the line during this past weekend’s three-game series against the Marlins. The now 20-25 Mets were swept by the now 13-31 Marlins.
The Mets’ front office, including GM Brodie Van Wagenen, called a meeting today to inform his players and coaches that he still supports Callaway as manager, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports. According to Thosar, Callaway has the Mets’ support for “the time being and for many weeks to come.”
That wasn’t the only news revealed at the press conference. We’ll have a post on that coming up shortly.
The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.