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