“And not just come home to the Mets family, but the city,” said Minaya, who was born in the Dominican Republic but grew up in Queens. For the last three years he worked as a senior adviser with the players union.
During the conference call, Minaya was somewhat vague when he was asked for details on how his return to the Mets had come about.
He said that Wilpon, Alderson and Wilpon’s son Jeff, who is the team’s chief operating officer, had all contacted him and that he met several weeks ago with Alderson and John Ricco, the Mets’ longtime assistant general manager.
Ricco worked under Minaya on the Mets, and the two know each other well. But it is Minaya’s continuing relationship with Alderson that will bear watching, because of its potential for awkwardness and intrigue.
A number of team officials, speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to make public comments, said they were confident that Minaya could be helpful to Alderson, who signed a two-year extension with the Mets this week. And in his conference call, Minaya expressed gratitude for Alderson’s willingness to bring him on board.
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