Following dismissal as Brooklyn Cyclones manager, former Met Edgardo Alfonzo takes to Instagram to criticize GM Brodie Van Wagenen

Rick Laughland

It's not often that a manager is fired after a championship season, but that's the fate that Edgardo Alfonzo met when general manager Brodie Van Wagnen announced this week that the team would not be bringing back the Brooklyn Cyclones skipper. 

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I had a great career as a player for the NY Mets and I enjoyed my 7 years in player development with the Mets as an instructor, coach and for the past 3 years as Mgr. of the Brooklyn Cyclones -- culminating in a Championship this year. I did my best to teach the youngsters how to be a professional and to develop their physical & mental skills and how to play together as a TEAM. My coaches & I are very proud of the championship we won and I think that says a lot about my leadership as manager. The many changes in mgrs./coaches in the Mets system reflect that the new regime simply wants their own people in the system so I am not taking this personally. I met with Jeff Wilpon, and they would like to retain me as an Ambassador, which I may do, but my preference is to remain in uniform on the field. Edgardo Alfonzo.Tuve una gran carrera como jugador para los Mets de Nueva York y disfruté de mis 7 años en la parte de desarrollo de jugadores con los Mets como instructor, coach y durante los últimos 3 años como mánager de los Ciclones de Brooklyn, que culminó con un campeonato este año. Hice mi mejor esfuerzo para enseñar a los jóvenes a cómo ser profesionales, a desarrollar sus habilidades físicas y mentales y cómo jugar juntos como un EQUIPO. Mis coaches y yo estamos muy orgullosos del campeonato que ganamos y creo que eso dice mucho sobre mi liderazgo como mánager. Los muchos cambios de mgrs./coaches en el sistema de los Mets reflejan que la nuevo gerencia simplemente quiere a su propia gente en el sistema, por lo que no lo estoy tomando como algo personal. Me reuní con Jeff Wilpon, y al club le gustaría retenerme como Embajador de los Mets, lo que puedo hacer, pero mi preferencia es permanecer en uniforme en el terreno de juego. Edgardo Alfonzo

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The Venezuelan had served as the Cyclones manager since 2017 and carried the Mets Single-A affiliate to their first New York Penn League title.

The move shouldn't come as a major surprise as Van Wagenen hand-picked his next manager in Carlos Beltran for the purposes of being able to pull the strings behind the scenes. By moving Alfonzo out and bringing in his own candidate, Van Wagenen ensures that his fingerprints and philosophy will be all over all levels of the organization. 

The Mets offered Alfonzo the opportunity to be retained as a team ambassador, but the former Mets All-Star during his 1999 and 2000 seasons declined in favor of landing a coaching job elsewhere.