Most fans thought it was odd when the New York Mets announced that former infield star and current Brooklyn Cyclones manager Edgardo Alfonzo would not be returning for the 2020 season despite leading the team to its first ever New York-Penn League Title.
Alfonzo accepted the organization's offer for him to remain with the team as an ambassador. You can't help but think that perhaps Alfonzo could be a darkhorse candidate to emerge as a potentail replacement for Mickey Callaway.
The bilingual Alfonzo was well-liked in the clubhouse during his playing days and was one of the most popular Mets throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.
The Amazin's reportedly have a mystery candidate that many sources haven't exposed yet and speculation is mounting that Alfonzo could be the man behind the curtain.
While he clearly has the respect of the fan base and the players he manages, it still wouldn't be a prudent move for the Mets. They need an experiences Major League manager to get the pitching staff on track and find lineup combinations that will produce results on a consistent basis.
The reality is that Brodie Van Wagenen is pulling the strings behind the scenes while the Wilpons are reluctant to pay the Joe Girardi's and Buck Showalter's of the world $3-$4 million per year when they can pay a puppet skipper $800,000.
While not a single reporter has announced that Alfonzo is in the running for the Mets vacant managerial job, he's a good a candidate as any to take over in Queens and probably a better fit for the frugal Wilpons and a controlling GM