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McNamee Was Almost A Met

Joel Sherman reports in today’s New York Post that the Mets looked into hiring Brian McNamee as batting practice pitcher before last season. After third base coach Manny Acta left to manage the Baltimore Orioles the Mets found themselves needing a BP pitcher (Acta had been the primary BP pitcher) and then hitting coach Rick Down suggested McNamee. Willie Randolph, who, like Down, knew McNamee from his time with the Yankees seconded the motion prompting general manager Omar Minaya to do some research to see if this was the guy for the job. In the end the team didn’t hire him. Minaya says it was because McNamee was a specialist (he was known to be Roger Clemens‘s and Andy Pettitte‘s trainer) and not a team guy. But you have to wonder.

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