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Mets Release Outfielder Norichika Aoki


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Norichika Aoki
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Working as a delivery driver for the Washingtonville Pharmacy in New York, Daniel Pezzola is also responsible for creating orders, counting out medication, and ringing out customers. Away from work, Daniel Pezzola is a life-long fan of the New York Mets baseball team.

After the Mets season ended in late October, the team released veteran outfielder Norichika Aoki. Now a free agent, Aoki played with the team for only two months.

Aoki was brought into the team in September, when the Mets struggled to perform with many key players injured. During his time with the team, Aoki’s record stood at .284/.371/.373.

Though the Mets have yet to solidify their outfield roster for the 2018 season, Aoki posed too much of a financial risk for the team. According to the MLB website, Aoki was let go in part over budget concerns, with the Mets needing to ensure they have enough capital to acquire players for multiple positions, including both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher.

Mets Receive Eric Hanhold from Milwaukee Brewers


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Eric Hanhold
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The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in politics from The Catholic University of America, Daniel Pezzola is a delivery driver for Washingtonville Pharmacy who was recently accepted for a one-year service placement in Syracuse with FrancisCorps. Beyond his passion for community service, Daniel Pezzola is an avid fan of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) New York Mets.

In the midst of a disappointing 2017 season, the Mets dealt 31-year-old infielder Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for a player to be named later. The Mets also agreed to pay a portion of the $4.7 million he was owed throughout the remained of the seasons. The deal was finally complete on September 12 as the Mets received minor league pitching prospect Eric Hanhold. According to a source within the Brewers, the Mets were given a choice of three low-level relief pitchers and opted for Hanhold, a sixth-round pick of the Brewers in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft.

After a rocky first two seasons in the minor leagues, Hanhold was much improved in 2017 as he posted a win-loss record of 8-3 to go along with a career-best earned run average of 3.94 for the Carolina Mudcats of the Class-A Carolina League. Walker, meanwhile, has hit for a .257 batting average in 24 games since joining Milwaukee.

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