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18.01.2019 02:47
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NEW YORK (AP) — , Jim Riggleman acknowledged he may be viewed as a manager in waiting should Mickey Callaway be fired.“I certainly understand that, but I just don’t let myself go there,” Riggleman said Tuesday. “I really fully anticipate that the ballclub is going to pick itself up where it left off in the second half last year. I know the Mets did some really good things and got things going in the right direction.”New York started 11-1 last season in Callaway’s first season as a manager, then struggled with injuries and faded to 44-63 by early August before finishing fourth in the NL East at 77-85.“I don’t think there’s going to be any issue with any perception because I think we’re going to get that out of the way real quick by the way we work in spring training and the way we get out of the blocks in April as to what our ballclub is going to be able to do,” Riggleman said.Riggleman’s agent, Burton Rocks, was contacted about the job by Mets senior adviser Omar Minaya even before new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was hired last month. The 66-year-old Riggleman interviewed about two weeks ago with Van Wagenen, Callaway Tug McGraw Jersey , assistant general manager John Ricco and Minaya.Riggleman was Cincinnati’s bench coach and became interim manager for the final 5½ months last season. He led the Reds to a 64-80 record after the team’s 3-15 start under Bryan Price. David Bell was hired by the Reds on Oct. 21.In a 2-1, 10-inning loss at Riggleman’s Reds on May 9, New York’s Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores batted out of order because the handwritten lineup card given to umpires was different from a computer-printed version posted in the Mets dugout.“It’s one that got by, but, believe me, it’s gotten by everybody who’s ever done this job,” Riggleman said. “Now, sometimes it happened in the minor leagues and it’s such an eye-opening experience for you that you just say Drew Hutchison Jersey , wow, as many times as we looked at that lineup, that one got by us.”Riggleman also managed the Chicago Cubs (1995-99), Seattle (2008) and Washington (2009-11). He has a 726-904 (.445) record as a big league manager. He compared his new job under Callaway to his work with Jim Tracy with the Los Angeles Dodgers and with Price.“Didn’t know each other well,” he said. “We knew each other as acquaintances, but we became very close friends professionally and personally.” BOSTON (AP) — Many around Major League Baseball rallied to help Puerto Rico after it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria last year.The efforts of one native son were honored with an award named for the island’s greatest player Wednesday.St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was named the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award, a fitting recognition for the star who grew up on Puerto Rico and idolized the island’s late Hall of Famer.Commissioner Rob Manfred and Clemente’s widow, Vera Clemente Larry Bowa Jersey , presented the award to members of Molina’s family before Game 2 of the World Series. It is given annually to the player who best represents Clemente’s humanitarian efforts.Molina wasn’t on hand to receive the award himself because he is currently in Colombia, coaching Puerto Rico’s under-23 national baseball team in the Baseball World Cup. Clemente also managed the national team while he was playing in the major leagues.Molina has worked tirelessly to help Puerto Rico recover from the effects of Maria last year.The 36-year-old Molina and his wife, Wanda, in 2010 created the Foundation4 (Fundacion4) to improve the lives of underprivileged children on the island who have been affected by poverty, abuse and cancer.“What he represents for the whole country and for all of Latin America is the same spirit that dad had,” Clemente’s son, Luis, said of Molina. “We’re very proud to continue the Clemente legacy.”Red Sox manager Alex Cora , who is from Caguas, Puerto Rico, greeted Molina’s family during the award presentation and gave Vera Clemente flowers.Cora, who has also been a visual presence in the hurricane relief efforts back on his native island, said he is an admirer of the work Molina has done there in the aftermath of the storm.“I call him the leader because he’s the leader of our national team. He’s the leader of the St. Louis Cardinals. And he’s the leader on the field. But off the field, he became the leader last year,” Cora said.“Very proud of what he’s done throughout his career. But I think last year was the highlight of his career.”Molina is the third Puerto Rican-born player to win the award and fourth from the island. He joins Carlos Beltran (2013), Carlos Delgado (2006) and Edgar Martinez (2004).A nine-time All-Star Jim Thome Jersey , Molina is an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner and has spent all 15 of his big league seasons with the Cardinals.Clemente died on Dec. 31, 1972, when his airplane that was carrying supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua crashed after taking off from Puerto Rico.

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