Short­stop in deal with NY Mets

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FOR­MER Perth Heat short­stop Joey Wong has signed a mi­nor-league deal with the New York Mets.

The 30-year-old will join the Mets’ Dou­ble-A side, Bing­ham­ton Rum­ble Ponies, and could make his de­but soon against the Rich­mond Fly­ing Squir­rels.

Hav­ing played in the Colorado Rock­ies and Seat­tle Mariners or­gan­i­sa­tions since 2009, Wong started the 2018 sea­son in In­de­pen­dent Ball with the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs, where he was hit­ting .239 with five RBIs in 18 games be­fore sign­ing with the Mets.

Heat chief ex­ec­u­tive Lach­lan Dale said Wong’s sign­ing re­flected the na­ture of pro­fes­sional base­ball.

“It’s cut-throat. Only the strong­est sur­vive,” he said. “Joey’s been on the cusp of the Ma­jor Leagues in the past hope­fully he can get back to that form for the Mets or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

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