Billy Hamilton demoted by Mets after base-running botch

Billy Hamilton had one job with the Mets. After failing at it once more in Thursday’s win over the Yankees, now he has no job.

The Mets designated the 29-year-old for project earlier than Friday’s 5-3 loss to the Phillies to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, chosen from the group’s alternate website in Brooklyn.

Manager Luis Rojas criticized Hamilton after he was thrown out making an attempt to steal third within the backside of the ninth with nobody out Thursday at Citi Field, however on Friday, Rojas stated the transfer was made just because the Mets wanted depth for his or her overworked bullpen.

“We had six position players on the bench and had to do the move,’’ Rojas said after the latest loss. “[Hamilton] was of great value to us. We knew he could take the next bag or come in and play elite center field. He’s a winning player. … It was a tough move, but needed at the moment.”

His efficiency Thursday didn’t assist his trigger. Rojas famous it was the second time Hamilton had “been overly aggressive in a situation.”

Billy Hamilton slides into second baseAP

The ill-advised steal try got here after Hamilton had been balked to second base by Aroldis Chapman. Afterward, Rojas stated he talked to Hamilton concerning the mistake, which the supervisor referred to as “just not good baseball at the time.”

Hamilton’s different error on the basepaths got here in a recreation in Philadelphia on Aug. 14, when he was tagged out making an attempt to achieve third after the throw to second on his stolen-base try was late and rolled away from the infielders. Didi Gregorius picked up the ball and nailed Hamilton at third.

The Mets acquired Hamilton from the Giants on Aug. 2 in change for 24-year-old right-hander Jordan Humphreys.

In 17 video games with the Mets, Hamilton went 1-for-22 in 25 plate appearances. He additionally stole three bases and was caught as soon as — on Thursday.

Ramirez was initially signed by the Mets in January, however was launched in June and re-signed with the Mets later the identical month. He final appeared within the majors a 12 months in the past, when he pitched in a single recreation with the Red Sox. He is predicted to pitch out of the bullpen for a Mets group in want of size from each starters and relievers today.

The Mets started carrying a black and white “41” patch on their proper sleeve Friday evening to honor Tom Seaver and can put on it for the rest of the season. Seaver died Monday at 75.

The Mets introduced plans final 12 months to erect a Seaver statue, following an extended outcry from followers to honor the best participant in franchise historical past. According to membership sources, the statue will seemingly be prepared by the early a part of subsequent season. Last 12 months, the road adjoining to Citi Field was formally modified to Tom Seaver Way.

Steven Matz (left shoulder bursitis) and Dellin Betances (lat) performed catch previous to Friday’s recreation. Both pitchers are on the injured checklist. … The Mets confirmed a short video tribute of Zack Wheeler previous to the sport. Wheeler begins towards the Mets on Monday for the Phillies. … Dominic Smith ended a season-worst 0-for-12 skid with hits in his closing two at-bats on Friday.


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