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Steve Cohen Cleans House on First Day as Mets’ Owner

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On his first day as the official owner of the Mets, Steve Cohen has already made a mark. He dismissed general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, as well as Van Wagenen’s inner circle front office executives. Those include Omar Minaya, Allard Baird, Adam Guttridge, and Jared Banner.

Tim Healey tweeted out Cohen’s full statement.

While many speculated that Van Wagenen would get dismissed, not many envisioned Steve Cohen cleaning house the way he did. Additionally, some thought that Minaya would at least get consideration for the general manager’s position.

Van Wagenen’s legacy in Queens

Cohen dismissed Brodie Van Wagenen this afternoon
Source: ABC 7 NY

Van Wagenen’s tenure with the Mets fell way short of expectations. He will be remembered in Queens mainly for mortgaging the future for Edwin Díaz and Robinson Canó. Additionally, many of his free-agent signings such as Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello ended up being disappointing.

What’s next for Steve Cohen and the Mets?

Steve Cohen’s search for a general manager now begins. Sandy Alderson is also back with the Mets as the President of Baseball Operations. It will be interesting to see who Cohen brings in as Van Wagenen’s replacement, but expectations are already high for whoever is brought to Queens next.

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Mathias is a graduate student at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He is currently studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism on the Sports Media and Communications track. He graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2021, where he studied journalism and served as the Sports Editor and Opinions Editor for the school's newspaper, The Signal. He joined Overtime Heroics as a writer in June of 2019 and became an editor in December of 2020 before taking over the MLB department in June of 2021. Mathias is also a former varsity swimmer and is the youngest of five kids.