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Report: Carlos Beltrán, Eduardo Pérez finalists for Mets manager


Mark Feinsand of reports that the Mets’ manager search is down to two finalists: Eduardo Pérez and Carlos Beltrán. Tim Bogar and Pat Murphy have reportedly been told they’re no longer in consideration.

Beltrán has never managed before. Pérez’s served managerial stints in the World Baseball Classic and for two seasons in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Pérez has coached in the bigs before too, serving as the hitting coach for the Marlins and as bench coach with the Astros. In more recent years he has worked for ESPN as a broadcaster.

Beltán retired as a player following the 2017 season. Since then he has been serving as the Yankees’ special adviser to the general manager. His name has been floated as a potential manager since he retired after the 2017 season, and he interviewed with the Yankees to manage the club before they ultimately decided on Aaron Boone.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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