New York Mets rumors: A “golden opportunity,” Dusty Baker, the Mahomes family and more

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The New York Mets are looking for a manager. Each day, more candidates appear, and others lose steam.

Today’s news include an analysis on why this is a golden chance for Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets, plus other interesting takes.

Here are the New York Mets’ news and rumors of the day:

New York Post: Ken Davidoff explains why the current managerial search is a golden opportunity for GM Brodie Van Wagenen. He says that their position is a desirable one even if it ranks third behind the Astros and Red Sox.

The sportswriter thinks that BVW whiffed on the Beltran hire but is presented with a strong second chance. He has several picks, ranging from experienced managers such as Dusty Baker to internal choices like Luis Rojas and Hensley Meulens.

According to Davidoff, managers would gladly take the Mets’ job because of the career prospects implicated. The roster is talented and in a good position to succeed.

New York Post: According to Mike Puma, the New York Mets are now considering veteran manager Dusty Baker for their manager job. He has a strong track record of taking over teams with tumultuous offseasons.

Baker, 70, wasn’t seriously considered back in the winter when the team was reviewing other candidates and when Beltran got the job. He is now, though. Bill Ladson wrote a fantastic story about the Mahomes family and their love for sports. Pat Mahomes father is currently in Port St. Lucie serving as a coach at the Mets Fantasy Camp. He said he “is teaching Mets fans how to play the game the right way.”

“It is awesome to be able to mingle and hang out with lifetime Mets fans. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while, and I’m happy to be given a chance to mingle, hang out, coach and do these things. Watching the guys compete [is special],” were his words.

The elder Mahomes played 11 seasons in the bigs, from 1992 to 2003 with six clubs, including the Mets. He finished with a 42-39 record and a 5.47 ERA. He will likely remember the 1999 season with the Mets, his best one, going 8-0 with a 3.68 ERA.

Mahomes, the son, is currently making a deep playoff run with the Kansas City Chiefs. He loves baseball and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2014. He wanted to play football, though. The staff of writers put together a list with each team’s best defensive prospect. For the Mets, Andres Gimenez got the nod.

The writeup says that “Gimenez was the shortstop on MLB Pipeline’s 2019 All-Defense Team and was in the mix again this year after a strong defensive campaign as Double-A Binghamton’s everyday shortstop. A plus runner who earns similar grades for both his fielding and arm strength, Gimenez committed 11 errors in 112 games last season and has totaled just 25 miscues over the past two years. What’s more, the 21-year-old appears ticketed for a breakout offensive season after winning the 2019 Arizona Fall League batting title (.371).”