WHAT ABOUT BOB ?

Bob Melvin is sure sounding like a guy who will be gainfully employed as Mets manager :

Bob Melvin, in his own understated way, wants to open the door to the Mets’ clubhouse and give players a swift kick in the pants.

“It’s not a talent problem,” Melvin said yesterday after his second interview with Mets officials for the team’s managerial opening. “It’s the mindset. Get back to the confident mindset this team needs to win and compete in that division.”

“I don’t look at it as a rebuilding process,” he said. “I look at it as we have the pieces with this club to compete, I don’t think there is any doubt about that. Certainly with the payroll this team has, it gives you the resources to compete every year. It’s just getting everybody going in the right direction and getting everybody healthy.”

I have to agree 100% with Melvin on this. I thought Jerry Manuel’ biggest downfall was his lack of leadership and his inability to motivate his players.  I’m not talking Knute Rockne “RAH-RAH-RAH WIN ONE FOR THE GIPPER” motivation but the ability to put the right people in the right situation to have them succeed.  The Mets were always a three game losing streak from turning tail and retreating, and that’s on the manger.  You never got the impression there was any sense of urgency with Manuel, who loved to say “there’s a lot of baseball left” when the team was floundering. “There’s a lot of baseball left”, is baseball speak for “I’ve got no clue on how to right this team” and that’s the mindset that Sandy Alderson was brought in to change.

Getting everybody going in the right direction and getting everybody healthy.” The two words that stand out to me in that quote are direction and healthy. The biggest problem the last front office regime had was a lack of organizational direction. Omar talked “pitching, defense and athleticism” but never went out and traded, signed or drafted with that mindset. There was no organizational structure in the minor league system and First Year Entry Draft would have been better served by using copies of Baseball America to draft players, but that way of doing business is over.

I feel there is a large segment of Mets fans that would bitch and moan even if John McGraw, Branch Rickey and Ed Barrow were all reincarnated and brought into the Mets organization. You want to get me excited over a manager? Then name Christina Hendricks the Mets field boss (WHOA!!!!!!!! Is it hot in here or is it Christina???????????)

The foundation of the Mets organization has a huge crack in it and the basement has very bad water damage until the farm system and mindset of how the Mets do business gets fixed and back on solid ground, it doesn’t matter who sits in the manager’s office.   If it sounds like I’m drinking the Sandy Alderson Kool –Aid, you’re damn right I am, the man has a proven track record of building a strong foundation he’s Tom Silva and Norm Abram all in one package. So Mets fans give the man a little room to operate and if Wally Backman is not named manager then buy this DVD and get over it.

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  1. I covet some manager candidates more than others (none more than Christina Hendricks) but as you said Alderson is here for a reason.

    I’m satisfied with his hiring and I’m not going to express that by bitching about the fact that maybe he didn’t hire the field manager I wanted most. Instead I’m going to trust that the GM knows what he’s doing which is a refreshing change for me as a Mets fan.

  2. No one would wear a Mets’ uniform better than Christina. If they want to hire her, I am all for it. SNY ratings would go through the roof…and everyone would look forward to the nine thousand pitching changes.

  3. what about after the game? “Need any help in the shower Ms. Hendricks” GRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  4. Those ratings would be off the charts!

  5. Like you say, it doesn’t matter who the Manager is. With a top heavy Front Office, if there’s a problem in the Clubhouse, Sandy will give them a good old fashion Marine Corps bawling out. As to Ms Hendricks, unfortunately there’s already too many boobs in the Clubhouse.

  6. Not enough boobs of that magnitude, though Peter. You can never have enough star quality.

  7. @peter – Yeah, you’re right. I’m a boob to think otherwise.

  8. I’ve never watched “Mad Men”. I will have to get some DVDs from netflix.

  9. (Quote)…the man has a proven track record of building a strong foundation he’s Tom Silva and Norm Abram all in one package.(/quote)

    He’s gonna need to be Mike Holmes.

  10. This will be a big week for us.

    I eagerly await the start of the championship season.

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