Edgardo Alfonzo is unsure where his next chance in baseball is after he was surprisingly released from the Mets organization this postseason.
The popular former Mets infielder managed to win Single-A Brooklyn for the New York Penn League championship last season. The organization later informed him that his contract would not be renewed. Alfonzo spent three seasons as a Brooklyn coach.
"I thought I could get a little promotion because we won the championship," Alfonzo told Post on Tuesday. "And I liked what I did with the boys because I taught them how to play, how to compete and how to play in New York the way you should."
Alfonzo said that he never got a real explanation for his death from Director General Brodie Van Wagenen. The Mets have named Ed Blankmeyer, who has spent 24 seasons as head coach at St. Johns, the new manager of Brooklyn.
Alfonzo, who played eight seasons in Flushing – the club announced on Tuesday that he would be inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame on May 17 with Jon Matlack and Ron Darling – is hoping for a chance with another organization.
“At the beginning, when I first came back to the Mets, I told [COO] Jeff Wilpon I don't want to be a manager, we're talking about six or seven years ago, but I've been a manager for the past few years, ”said Alfonzo, who previously spent three seasons as a bank coach in Brooklyn. "I didn't want to be a manager early because I wanted to learn. I wanted to learn the system and I want to learn how to do it, because when you retire as a player, being a manager is not easy.
“There is a lot to do, a lot of responsibility, and I've learned that. I've been a manager for the past three years and then I loved it because you have more to do with the players and you have been teaching and talking about the game and I would like to do that, if not with the Mets, with someone else but baseball is like that. I'm still waiting for what happens. "
Alfonzo has not ruled out the possibility of acting as club ambassador at some point in which he would appear for the Mets. But his focus is initially on returning to the field.
"I spoke to Jeff and he knows me," said Alfonzo. "I will always be a mead. I like the Mets and I understand that this is a business situation but I am here and I really appreciate it and hope that someday we can do a few things together.
“I have no problem for the Wilpons and Mets organization. I like it, I love it. I understand this is business and that is it. Now I'm looking forward to where I could go. "