Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Brodie Van Wagenen Newsbeat

Friday, December 07, 2018

Tim Tebow will get major-league promotion if he deserves it, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen says

NEW YORK — Celebrity outfielder Tim Tebow is still a Met, and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon talked him up during their appearance on WFAN Wednesday.

“We need him at Syracuse,” said Wilpon, referencing the Mets-owned Triple-A affiliate. “He’s a great person.”

As Van Wagenen put it: “One step away.”

So, how on Earth did a guy with so little judgment in terms of talent ever get a job as an agent, much less be a success as one?

QLE Posted: December 07, 2018 at 06:25 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets being mets, tim tebow

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Mets have been in touch with free agent CF A.J. Pollock

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said his big move to land Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz wasn’t the last he would make. His agressive style this offseason will continue, and free-agent CF A.J. Pollock is a name he has shown interest in.

Van Wagenen said he believes Pollock could be a good fit for the Mets, and he has been in touch with Pollock’s agent

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Pollock is looking for a five-year deal worth around $80 million—similar to what the Brewers gave Lorenzo Cain. Pollock and his team could be selling themselves high as it is the start of free agency to see what teams will bite the most.

All right, who wants to tell Brodie Van Wagenen why this isn’t a particularly good idea?

QLE Posted: December 05, 2018 at 05:07 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, brodie van wagenen, mets being mets

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has kissed Rob Manfred’s ring

Let’s take a trip back to early last February. The hot stove season was as cold as ice. Despite spring training being less than two weeks away, scores of players remained unsigned and rumblings emerged that, perhaps, collusion was to blame.

The players were frustrated and there were reports that they were approaching the union to ask what, if anything, they could do about it. Some suggested some sort of wildcat strike or work slowdown or whatever. None of that seemed feasible or legal, but guys were getting desperate. And not just players. One agent, Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA, took to Twitter to suggest something novel along these lines: a potential spring training boycott

...

There was a lot more to that — Van Wagenen issued a whole statement attached to his tweet taking the owners to task and clearly implying that he believed the owners were acting less-than-scrupulously — but I can’t remember what it said and I can’t check because, at some point between then and now, Van Wagenen deleted it.

“And this is why having agents become general managers is a terrible idea!”

 

 

QLE Posted: November 15, 2018 at 11:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, chicken, rob manfred

Friday, October 26, 2018

Brodie Van Wagenen reportedly favorite for Mets’ GM position

According to Jeff Passan, CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen has emerged as the favorite for the vacant general manager position and he is reportedly expected to accept the position. It was reported yesterday that Doug Melvin was out of the running which narrowed down the field to Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom, and now it seems as though the position is Van Wagenen’s although nothing official has been announced.

This would be an unconventional hire for the Mets who have become stubbornly risk averse recently. They rely more on “knowns” especially when it comes to their hires. Perhaps last season was a sign that their strategy was changing when they hired Mickey Callaway who did not have any managerial experience when he interviewed for the position.

Like Callaway, Van Wagenen will not have any experience in this new role but that does not necessarily mean he is unqualified. Agents have to be well versed in many different aspects of the game including analytics if they are to represent their clients to the best of their abilities. However, there is a clear conflict of interest here and Van Wagenen will have to leave his agency if he does in fact become the next GM.

Well, it’s either being a GM or becoming the villain of a 1980s slobs-versus-snobs film.

QLE Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:47 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, general manager, mets

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
The Piehole of David Wells
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogTaking Back the Ballparks - Atlanta Braves
(26 - 10:52am, Dec 19)
Last: SoSH U at work

Hall of Merit2019 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(410 - 10:49am, Dec 19)
Last: Al Peterson

NewsblogOT: Soccer Thread (The Berhalter Thread?)
(258 - 10:48am, Dec 19)
Last: J. Sosa

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (December 2018)
(726 - 10:45am, Dec 19)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogTaking Back the Ballparks - Braves voting thread
(5 - 10:38am, Dec 19)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogOT - 2018 NFL thread
(136 - 10:34am, Dec 19)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogESPN: Penny Marshall, director of 'A League of Their Own,' dies at 75
(7 - 10:14am, Dec 19)
Last: Swoboda is freedom

NewsblogCubs Owners Discussed Moving Team Out Of Chicago During Beef With Mayor
(4 - 10:08am, Dec 19)
Last: bfan

NewsblogReport: Mike Piazza's family was unhappy to learn he had bought the 'Pittsburgh' of Italian soccer
(13 - 10:02am, Dec 19)
Last: Thok

NewsblogChicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon reveals the book he says is helping him manage millennial players
(127 - 9:59am, Dec 19)
Last: Zonk Can't Hide his Disdain or Disgust

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-19-2018
(1 - 9:57am, Dec 19)
Last: Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee)

NewsblogOT - NBA Thread (2018-19 season kickoff edition)
(3782 - 9:47am, Dec 19)
Last: PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina

NewsblogThibs' Hall of Fame Tracker
(533 - 9:11am, Dec 19)
Last: JL72

NewsblogOT Gaming: October 2015
(923 - 9:06am, Dec 19)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogTwins to retire Joe Mauer's No. 7
(27 - 8:11am, Dec 19)
Last: bobm

Page rendered in 0.8977 seconds
59 querie(s) executed