GABBA GABBA HEY JEFFEY SIGN SANDY ALDERSON AND YOU WILL BE A PINHEAD NO MORE

All this great talk about Sandy Alderson has me very edgy as he would be my first choice to come in to run the Mets and it seems all signs are pointing to Alderson becoming the Mets Baseball Czar if Jeffey and Freddy Skill Sets give the A-OK.

If all that purging of their souls on execusion day was real, then Sandy Alderson will be running the Mets by the end of the month. If it does happen I promise to start calling the Skill Sets by their proper names and I will buy a ticket plan for 2011 and I will wear a piece of Mets clothing everyday this off season. That’s how much I want to see a Sandy Alderson presser at Citi Field.

So Jeffey, Freddy and Uncle Saul this is your time to stop being pinheads and act like real baseball owners.

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  1. It’s hard to argue with Alderson’s success, and he would be an enormous upgrade over Omar (but then again, so would my daughter if she became GM). I’m not sure how tied he is to the “Moneyball” idea (I think that came after he left). I’m not a fan of Moneyball, where defense is not considered vital and the emphasis is on OBP (and the stolen base is considered unimportant). I think in Citi field, we need D and speed. So, as long as Sandy is not a disciple of Moneyball, he’s ok in my book. Get it done, Jeff.

  2. No problem with Alderson.

    I strongly disagree with the blue collar mentality of bringing Backman in as manager. Fiery types burn out, gals. And don’t feed me the bullshit that this team needs his personality at this time. If that’s the case then something deeper is at play. (And I think that is indeed the case, ladies)

    Backman will burn out like Bowa did as a manager. Backman will make a good third base or bench coach which is where his future lies. This team can’t afford to gamble on his personality now.

    The best manager in the game can be found in Boston. He’s not fiery but he can be my manager “Eight Days A Week”.

    Rich, sweetheart, I do agree with Moneyball where the role of a field manager is lessened and the general manager is the most critical non player in an organization. That’s why Alderson may be a good hire.

    Another question:
    Where did all of that little punk’s stolen bases get this team in 2006 -2008?

    The threat of a strategic late inning stolen base is valid but stealing for the sake of stealing is not.

    The Giants/Padres example should be a roadmap for this organization.

  3. WOW! Krane that was a mouthful. All the stuff matters, defense, steals, OBP. The one thing that stats can’t measurre is cajones, and that is the stat that the Mets have the least of…need to get that before anything.

  4. kranepool says:

    Alderson brings instant creditability to this franchise on and off the field. Michael I disagree with the Bowa analogy with Backman. Wally is not all about screaming and yelling, he manages aggressively and he is a smart baseball man. Now if Alderson is named VP or President of the baseball ops he will pick his own manager I’m sure that will be part of the deal.

  5. Ever played the infield in a competitive game with a base stealer on base? Didn’t think so. If you ever did, you’d know that the threat of the steal, let alone the steal itself, alters everything the pitcher does and affects the positioning and movement of the infielders. Using the Reyes example is weak. How far did the Cardinal teams of the 80s go with speed and no power? A WS and three pennants. And what started the Sox comeback in 2004? Oh yeah, a Dave Roberts stolen base.

  6. Ron Darling had a good point tonight about not comparing “Post Season” stats of these guys to the men who only have World Series stats because that’s all they got to play in.

  7. It was a real treat to see Hughes step up in a big game.

    Don’t ever compare Pelfrey to him because Pelfrey has never pitched in a game when it mattered. (He may never)

  8. Pelphrey might not, Michael, but hey, when you are up 2-0 in a five game series, it is not exactly life and death, either. Important, yes…”big game”, no.

  9. Hey Michael slow down your roll here. The Twins lied down like dogs and lets not forget that you and your Highlander brethren were getting skid marks on your skives over your pitching rotation. Don’t make Hughes out to be the next Allie Reynolds as you guys have already ruined Joba the Hut with over hype.

    By the way I’d still take Big Pelf over Hughes six days a week and twice on Sunday

  10. In any other park I would agree that playing little ball, stealing bases, bunting the runner over, is not all that important and in some places not even smart!

    But in the vastness of Citi field it becomes a winning strategy!

    What we need is to build a team similar to the old Herzog Cardinals. Lots of speed, lots of line drive hitters and hitters who hit for high average and will fight off pitches in at bats to get the ball into play!

    We most certainly can’t win the way the 86′ers did by waiting for the big hit.

    So I hope the new GM takes the field into account.

  11. Couple points. All these Backman experts. Where do you watch the games he manages? Just want to know. And the question about a base stealer altering everything in the infield. I am sure most teams actually forget Reyes is over there and just concentrate on getting the next hitter out. Reyes contrbution is HUGELY overrated. Heck a .322 OBP for a lead off hitter isnt bad its terrible.

  12. What the SABR-meticians don’t factor in is the impact of disruption on the bases. Pagan had a nice year, right? Did he get more fastballs batting behind Reyes? Where do your SABR metrics account for that? It’s impossible to do so, because things like that are impossible to measure. Ask Ted Sizemore about hitting. He’ll tell you “thanks, Lou Brock”m for all the fastballs. Would Sizemore (and Pagan) have the same stats without base stealers ahead of them? There’s no way to know, but logic certainly tells you the base stealers had an impact. Anyone who’s played the game beyond little league (and Keith and Ron are all over this point) will tell you that you cannot boil the game down to stats. It’s what impacts the attainment of those stats that matters, and those things cannot be measured. Folks, it is not Strat-o-matic between the lines. Sorry, the game ain’t that easy.

  13. Originally Posted By RichWhat the SABR-meticians don’t factor in is the impact of disruption on the bases. Pagan had a nice year, right? Did he get more fastballs batting behind Reyes? Where do your SABR metrics account for that? It’s impossible to do so, because things like that are impossible to measure. Ask Ted Sizemore about hitting. He’ll tell you “thanks, Lou Brock”m for all the fastballs. Would Sizemore (and Pagan) have the same stats without base stealers ahead of them? There’s no way to know, but logic certainly tells you the base stealers had an impact. Anyone who’s played the game beyond little league (and Keith and Ron are all over this point) will tell you that you cannot boil the game down to stats. It’s what impacts the attainment of those stats that matters, and those things cannot be measured. Folks, it is not Strat-o-matic between the lines. Sorry, the game ain’t that easy.

    Yes, Rich I agree the game is more than sheer reliance on stats. But we need to evolve with some of the thinking. Whoever becomes the next GM will bring a blend of adherence to numbers and good old fashioned EYEvaluation.

  14. @Paul L. -

    Nailed!!!

  15. See, Michael, we can agree!

  16. BTW, since we are arguing this mathematical approach to baseball. Someone please tell me where it said Bay was going to hev the year he had and where it said Dickey and Pagan were going to have the year they had……and one more point about Reyes I think he actually distracts the batter more then he does anyone else.

  17. Originally Posted By RichSee, Michael, we can agree!

    Rich,

    One more thing………

    I do think we’ve gotten more intelligent over the years with stats and what we value.

    While nearly everyone considers Willie Mays a great base runner did you know that as a 26 year old in 1957 he stole 38 bases but was thrown out 19 times! (For a 6th placed team!) Nothing was said at the time. That would never go unnoticed today.

    Both the game and the way we view it has vastly improved.

  18. Turning the conversation back to Alderson for a minute…has he ever fielding a winning team that wasn’t, you know, jacked up on juice? You really can’t do that anymore. I’m just sayin…

  19. Michael, fair point. Paul, do you remember the charts and graphs on tv when Bay was signed? They showed that Bay is a pull hitter, he pulls nearly all of his HRs. Then they showed that most HRs hit to LF at Citi were down the line. The conclusion- Bay would do well at Citi. Another reason that while stats of course are important (and we notice them more today as Michael points out), the other side (scouting, baseball instinct) is equally (and I think more) important.

  20. Guys Stats are like bikinis they show you enough to get you interested but don’t show you the entire story. You need to know the game the team and how it all works together. I am sure Charlie Samuel doesn’t even know what a computer is.

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