Pardon the pun but Chad Kreuter knows the score. A resume that reads 16 years of MLB play, coaching the USC Trojans baseball program, and now in his fourth season in the New York Mets' minor league system.
As one of four catchers on the Syracuse Mets' roster, Maxwell, 30 , goes about preparing for today's doubleheader at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey, in relative anonymity. Signed nearly one year ago by Syracuse's parent club New York Mets as a free agent, playing Triple-A baseball, one step away from the big leagues, in a Double-A ballpark, isn't a bad place to be for Maxwell.
As a former player, Mike Cather knows of the struggles in minor league baseball. The stories come, one after another, with relative ease. His memory is sharp. There was the time while with the Double-A Greenville Braves that the team bus broke down on the interstate somewhere in Tennessee, and Cather along with his teammates waited in the dark of night for help to arrive.
New York Mets' President Sandy Alderson had a busy week. At 4:30 p.m. last Tuesday, Alderson waiting his turn to speak before an audience of both City of Syracuse and Onondaga County officials, was participating in dedication ceremonies of $25 million renovations of NBT Bank Stadium.
After having their entire 2020 season wiped away due to COVID-19, the Syracuse Mets are ready to resume playing a full 120 game Triple-A East schedule. The club will be playing 60 home games on the city's North Side at NBT Bank Stadium.
Like so many businesses and educational institutions, since last spring when COVID-19 began being felt around the globe and in communities of all sizes in America, the Syracuse Mets ,too, would have to adapt to a new normal.