“COME WATCH CRAZY JERRY MANUEL HIS IN GAME DECSION ARE IN-SAAAAAAAA-NE

Unfortunately last night, Doug Glanville had a family emergency to tend to and had to cancel his appearance with me on This Call To The Bullpen but we are both working on finding another day for Doug to come on the program to talk about his book The Game From Where I Stand (Henry Holt/Times Books) and we hope to have that hashed out in a few days. So I had to decide, cancel the show or just go on and rant for an hour and the hour rant won out. So if you want to hear me talk about Jerry Manuel, playing games that count in Puerto Rico, Bobby Valentine and Wally Backman, then check out last nights This Call To The Bullpen.

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It’s game like last night that stirs the demons of my Mets soul. I want nothing more than to stand on Broadway decked out in every piece of Met clothing I own and celebrate the ticker tape parade that no other city in the world gives to his championship sports teams. What has me conflicted is, if that happens, then Jerry Manuel will be the Mets manager for a minimum of three more years. Last nights game showed just about ever deficiency in Manuel’ game. Stephen Hanks of Mets Merized Online lays each and every flaw (save maybe for number one and the author agrees that my be picking at nits as well) from not running for Rod Barajas and even the pinch hitting for Ruben Tejeda but the big one for me was using Frankie Rodriguez in the 8th inning last which goes with Manuel’ “throw a reliever against the wall and see what sticks” bullpen management.

We are starting to get inundated with Cliff Lee rumors, not just every day but just about every hour. I don’t think there is a Mets fan out there who doesn’t want Lee on the team, as his presence alone will make the Phuck Phaces and Squaws go “GULP”. But at what price would you pay for this rental Ace? At this point there is no way you can trade Angel Pagan. Saying that, when Carlos Beltran does come back, Beltran is THE CENTERFIELDER and he is the centerfielder until he shows he physically can’t play the position any longer. However, Beltran will not be out there day after day so Pagan gets say two days a week in CF, then another couple in the corners with more time in RF. Beltran is not a corner outfield and there is a huge difference between playing CF from playing a corner outfield spot as we saw with the horrific collision between Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran back in San Diego a few years ago. Pagan has played corner outfield so the transition is easier for him.

The price on Roy Oswalt may not be too high but Drayton McClain is an Al Davis clone. He wants to shed payroll but he hates to part with his good ol’ boys like Oswalt and Lance Berkman, even when both player say it’s best for the organization to trade both of them.

The most intriguing move would be to get Carlos Zambrano as the Cubs would move the high strung Z and take players non grata, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. The problem is when all the contracts change hands it could cost the Mets $18 mil for Z . Ted Lilly is attractive as well after pitching a great game last night so there are some options for the Mets (Jeffey Skill Sets and John Ricco that is I still say Ricco is running the baseball ops with Jeffey and Omar has been relegated to high paid scout)

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  1. While I’d hate to lose Thole in a trade, he’s too good a hitter and too new to catching to stay at that position. Getting Lee is a good idea. And at the end of ’11 we’ll have a ton of Salary Cap Room available from all the contracts ending to go out and buy whoever is available as a Free Agent.

  2. Jerry’s explanation was lame on the radio pre-game today. He said Frankie needed the inning-ok I can buy that. But he added that he put Frankie in for b8 because if he didn’t, the opportunity might not be available. Nice confidence there, Jerry. You were trailing by 2, so you’re saying that you had not confidence that the team could tie or take the lead? WTF? Is getting the inning more important than saving your closer? Hey genious, why not “give him the inning” the previous night in the blowout?

    I’m more troubled by the message he’s sending the offense than the poor use of his closer.

  3. kranepool says:

    Rich, the moves that Manuel makes are just bizarre Now tonight, no Reyes as he hurt himself in BP and no Pagan who they rushed back into the lineup just so he could play in PR how about we concentrate on what good for the “team” and not individual players? This trip to San Juan, it looks like some of the Mets have come down with a bit of the Disease of Me

  4. Michael says:

    Originally Posted By kranepoolRich, the moves that Manuel makes are just bizarre Now tonight, no Reyes as he hurt himself in BP and no Pagan who they rushed back into the lineup just so he could play in PR how about we concentrate on what good for the “team” and not individual players? This trip to San Juan, it looks like some of the Mets have come down with a bit of the Disease of Me

    Didn’t Reyes get hurt pulling his do rag over his tasty hair style. What an insect!

  5. kranepool says:

    Michael,

    Nah I’m pretty sure it was during the 7th inning Macarena Stretch

    Didn’t Reyes get hurt pulling his do rag over his tasty hair style. What an insect!

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