Former New York Mets player and minor league coach Edgardo Alfonzo hopes to return to coaching again.
There are only a small number of ways a head coach or manager can leave a team after winning a championship. When the New York Mets decided to move on from Edgardo Alfonzo this winter after the former manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones won the league championship in 2019, it was a peculiar move.
The beloved ex-Mets infielder was a victim of the Brodie Van Wagenen regime wanting their own men in place. As Alfonzo expressed in an Instagram post this week, he understands the franchise’s plans and how he doesn’t fit into them.
Alfonzo will have a chance to stay with the organization as an ambassador. However, his preference is to remain in uniform and on the field. In other words, he has a desire to coach again.
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When one door closes, another one opens. Apparently, when one former Mets player joins the franchise’s coaching staff, another must leave.
It was great to see the team bring back Carlos Beltran as a manager. He’s an important part of the franchise’s history. By naming him the manager, the Mets have at least pleased the fans looking for some familiarity even if the man has no managerial experience.
After the Cyclones won the New York Penn League Championship, I thought for sure Alfonzo was a candidate to move up the system and possibly even leap into the bench coach role. Instead, he was relieved of his duties and sent away quite unceremoniously.
Leading a team at any level to a championship is no small feat. Even without a connection with many franchises, Alfonzo should be a candidate to land a job elsewhere. He will probably settle for a minor league gig. In time, we could see him in the show leading the best in the world.
It’s never easy to lose your job and the decision to move on from Alfonzo was probably not the easiest one to make. In a year with plenty of change to the coaching staff, though, the timing isn’t so great.
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If Alfonzo wants to coach again, he will. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear like the current front office regime believes he’s worth anything more than representing the franchise in name-value when he proved he could do much more.