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Good morning Mets Fans! Last night, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America named its selected winners for the Managers of the Year.

Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker was named the National League Manager of the Year, earning 17 of the 30 first-place votes. Snitker was the only manager named on every ballot. Craig Counsell of the Brewers took second place in the National League voting.

Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics was named the American League Manager of the Year, his third time earning the award. Melvin took home 18 of the 30 first-place votes. Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora earned a second-place finish. No manager appeared on every ballot.

Latest Mets News

Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com notes that Mickey Callaway and the Mets issued the fewest non-pitcher sacrifice bunts in the National League in 2018.

Cliff Corcoran of The Athletic ranks possible contenders for the 2019 Rookie of the Year awards, listing Mets’ first baseman Peter Alonso at No. 3 in the National League. (Subscription required)

Latest MLB News

Mike Elias, former assistant GM for the Houston Astros, will be the new GM of the Baltimore Orioles, as reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

The Major League Baseball Players’ Association named Paul Goldschmidt, Curtis Granderson, and Mike Trout as the finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award. The award recognizes players who exemplify leadership on the field and in the community. The Mets’ nominee for the award was infielder Jose Reyes.

The Padres new Double-A minor league affiliate has announced that their new name will be the Amarillo Sod Poodles. Sod poodles, a nickname for prairie dogs, beat out Boot Scooters, Bronc Busters, Long Haulers, and Jerky.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Chicago White Sox are looking to trade Avisail Garcia. The White Sox may elect to non-tender the right fielder if they can not find a suitable trade partner. Garcia slashed .236/.281/.438 and was worth 0.3 bWAR this season.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Major League Baseball will start an elite summer youth league with 80 of the nation’s best high school players.

Latest NL East News

Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal writes that the Marlins will construct a three-level social space in center field to replace the home run statue that was taken down last week.

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post writes about the Nationals catching situation, noting that adding a starting catcher is a top priority. (Subscription required)

After Ronald Acuña Jr. beat Juan Soto out for NL Rookie of the year, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports writes that the rivalry between the young outfielders is only just beginning.

Latest on MMO

Mojo Hill gives his MMO Report Card grade for Todd Frazier.

This Day in Baseball

Birthdays: Akeel Morris turns 26 and Xavier Nady turns 40.

1986: After the Mets win their second World Series championship, Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon buy the team from Doubleday Publishing Company for $80.75 million.

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