LET THE MANGERIAL BEAUTY PAGENT BEGIN

Now that the Mets have a GM in place and ready to roll, the next step seems to be hiring a manager (although Sandy Alderson seems to want his Cabinet in place first as we hear his wish list of Lieutenants include J.P. Riccardi, Paul DiPodesta and Grady Fuson all outstanding candidates) and from looking around the Mets blogisphere there is great discussion on who that hire should be.

There are Wally Backman supporters as well as Backman detractors. There are folks pushing a Chip Hale regime (which I’m starting to sway over to) and there are Lee Mazzilli fans as well (which I can not fathom) then there is a candidate that we can agree on none of us want (Bob Melvin) and one the majority of us want (Bobby Valentine) but that won’t happen either.

So who do you support as the next field boss of the NY Mets? Alderson said all the right things on Friday about finding a man to fit this job. He acknowledged that a guy like Art Howe is totally wrong for this team and this city. He likes the fiery kick ass type (don’t we all?) but at the same time he has to be on board with the organizational philosophy and be that philosophy’s messenger. The manger must have the savvy to handle the pressure of the day in day out media, which I feel will be a huge issue in the interview process as Alderson saw first hand the amount of media that covers baseball in this town on Friday. With all that, the manager must have the respect and attention of his players and the ability to keep an even personality through goods times and bad and to instill confidence in his team. That to me was Jerry Manuel’s biggest failure as Mets manager. The stars of this team have a low level of self esteem and were too high after wins and too dejected after losses, so the next manger has to be a part-time psychologists as well. It’s not a job for a rank amateur.

John Gibbons saw that and removed his name from consideration. Bobby Valentine would be perfect for the job but there is just too much ego for him to succeed under this regime. I really hope that Alderson doesn’t ruin the honeymoon by even thinking about Bob Melvin, a younger version of Art Howe who would be eaten alive by the MSM, bloggers and this knee jerk fan base. So who does it leave?

I was a gung ho Backman guy but I can see the point to the anti-Backman crowd as to the overload of hero worship that goes toward anyone who played for the 1986 World Champion Mets. I’m as much to blame for that as anyone; it was great time to be a Mets fan. Al of us from that era thought this was beginning of a Mets Dynasty. It never happened. No need for revisionist history here. What makes us fans that are Ga-Ga over the 86ers is the fact that we want to relive the 80’s again especially my shoulder length hair (did I just type that out loud?) when the Mets were Kings and maybe we think a Backman managerial stewardship would do that? There is no job Backman wants more than the Mets managers job and it’s problems from his personal life that have kept him from a big league job but after watching him in Brooklyn last year it will be interesting to see how well he interviews for the job.

As I said I was a strong Backman supporter but lately I’m more and more intrigued by both Ken Oberfell and Chip Hale. Just like Backman these men have paid their dues in baseball. Both men have won at all levels of the game. Both are strong in the fundamentals department and have the respect of their players. Now do they have the ability to deal with the day to day bullshit that comes with the job, well unless Sandy Alderson would like to invite me to join him in the interview process, I don’t know.

Terry Collins is another candidate I’ve heard mentioned but he might be better suited for player development role. Clint Hurdle’s name has come up as well and he would fit the personality part of the job but he seems to be a long shot in my book.

The best part of this whole procedure of hiring a manager is that I have total confidence in the man doing the hiring. I haven’t had this much confidence in a Mets GM since Frank Cashen ran the club and wait didn’t he run the club in 1986?

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FEW AND CHOSEN: DEFINING METS GREATNESS ACROSS THE ERAS

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure you have seen all the Few and Chosen books in this series at your local book store and now there is a Mets volume added to this great series in Few and Chosen: Defining Mets Greatness Across the Eras written by Rusty Staub with Phil Pepe , foreword by Keith Hernandez (published by Triumph Books)

Amazing as it seems but we are heading toward the 50th Anniversary of the first game in Mets history (April 2012, those awful black uni tops better be a bad memory by then) so it is a great time for this book to come out.

Staub and Pepe go position by position to name who they feel are the five best players ever at each ion in Mets history. There are a few surprises like Bud Harrelson rated over Jose Reyes as the best Mets shortstop ever and Bobby Bonila as the second best right fielder in Mets history (Staub left himself off the list which is foolish as he contributed in more in a week than Bonila did in all the years he stole money from the Mets) and Lee Mazzilli the third best center fielder over Tommy Agee and Lenny Dykstra ? NO WAY IN HELL!  In fact Lance Johnson was better than Boardwalk Lee sections like this are what make this book a great conversation starter.

It’s not just the inside of this book that is mesmerizing the cover is a thing of beauty as well with the traditional blue cap on it.  

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“SHAKE IT UP, SNY SHAKE IT UP”

Well well what have we here? A little shakin’ and bakin’ over at SNY as two of my favorite foils Boardwalk Lee Mazzilli and Matt Yaloff have been relived (as have us Mets fans) of their duities as host and analyst of the Mets pre-and post game show, replaced by Uncle Fester (Chirs Carlin) and Bobby Ojeda (Thumbs up! oops sorry Bobby-O)

It’s about time that Yalloff has been dumped with his low talker voice and just all around annoyance.  As for Maz, it was hard to concentrate on his analysis as I kept drifting off into thought on how it was his hair was darker now than it was when he went to Lincoln H.S.

Not to worry about Yalloff as he will be replacing that annoying lazy eye fuck Vince on the Shamwow commercial and Boardwalk Lee will go back to being a greeter at Captain Walters on Emmons Ave.

As for Fester and Bobby O this could be a very good duo. I’m not saying they will be Tom Carron and Dennis Eckersley but I’m looking forward to them as they can’t be any worse than who they are replacing.

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HUMMM LET”S SEE THE MASSINGALE SUMMERS EVE BOWL OR DON LARSEN’S PERFECT GAME? WHICH WOULD YOU WATCH?

For a guy who writes for a big time NYC newspaper, Bob Raissman is a clueless fuck. In his bird cage liner column yesterday he kills MLB for going online with the MLB Network on Jan 1 at 6PM:

 

{Got to wonder what the suits running the show there were thinking. The meeting probably went something like this: “Gee, let’s launch our network, with some old rerun of a baseball game, in the middle of the college bowl season and NFL playoffs. What a spectacular idea.” That’s MLB for you – brains in their bottom.

Still, you can’t argue with some of the quality voices “TBN” has hired. And “TBN” suits are talking to another insightful analyst, Lee Mazzilli, about a spot.}

First off who gives a shit about college football bowl games? Second, last time I looked the NFL plays their playoff games on SATURDAY and SUNDAY third of all you what the first program will be on the MLB Network? Don Larsen’s perfect game of 1956 World Series. The play by play was handled by Mel Allen and Vin Scully. If you think that watching some bullshit bowl game is better TV than the Larsen perfecto then maybe newspapers do need to go out of business.

By the way why in the world would MLB Network want with Boardwalk Lee? To mop floors?

Tip of the Mets cap to Craig Calcaterra at Shysterball for the link

 

Does Nate Vineyard have an injured shoulder or Alhaji Turay disease?

Mike Sliva @ NY Baseball Digest has a post on maybe Omar could grab Brian Fuentes as another back of the bullpen arm and not break the bank.

I know we live in a free society with free enterprise and thank God for that. I also know that it’s an agent’s job to get the best deal for his client but at some point doesn’t Mark Texiera look in the mirror and say “Who is that douchbag looking at me”. All things being equal how does Texiera not tell Scott Boras “look I can get by on $170 mil tell Theo yes I’m ready to sign” Even in good times this way of negotiating is scummy now that most Americans are tighting their belt can’t the Texiera/Boras tag team show just a little class?

Sorry but Tim Redding does nothing for me.

 

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PLOP, PLOP FIZZ, FIZZ THAT’S WHAT NO RELIEF PITCHING IS

Here is what you need to know about last night s loss, Boardwalk Lee Mazzilli thought it was the worst loss of the year. Now when Pollyanna Lee says it’s bad, IT’S BAD.

 

As with all of these types of Mets losses we look for the player or players to rip the shit out of and there is always the usual suspects but one name seems to come up whenever there has been a shit the bed moment this season and that’s Scott Schoeneweis forever now known here as The Mush. The Mush besides having the inability to get a big out has the worst body language in sports. He always looks to me like the last place he wants to be is on the pitchers mound in a big spot. I feel this theory is true because Warlord Jerry used him as a last resort as he went to the junk yard six times before calling for Mush.  

 

This disaster is not all bullpen related, in fact Brian Stokes, Joe Smith and Balls of Steel Aaron Heilman all did great jobs. Sure Luis Ayala broke his cherry with a blown save (welcome to the Mets,. Luis) but a little better relay by Damien Easley and maybe if Brain Schnieder stood in front of home plate he’d have gotten Jason Werth but that’s neither here nor there. The guy who is not feeling the heat he should is my guy Petey who when staked to a seven run lead let it get away. Petey put J-Man is a position to go heavily into the weakest part of the team, the bullpen to save this game. 

 

You can go after the offense for not adding on runs and if you want to kill Sugarpants and the Greatest Puerto Rican baseball player of all time whose last name is not Clemente go ahead but when you scored your runs when the offense puts up seven runs early the pitching staff has to win that game. No excuses.

 

The bright spot was Petey hitting 90-91 on the gun but the problem was two fold, his location and his movement as he was lacking in both.  If your going to throw straight fastballs and keep or pitches down in the zone at Citizen Bank then you might as well forfeit the game and save everyone over five hours of agony.

 

When the off season comes around the biggest task for the Mets front office will be the dismantling of the bullpen and build a brand new pen that might even include a new closer now that Wags is damaged goods. Forget about spending big money on Mark Texieria who is more luxury item than need. Spend the dough on CC Sabathia and sit down with the brain trust and try to put together the best bullpen you can find. That’s baseball in the 21 Century it’s the bullpen stupid.

 

As much as my nuts still hurt from getting them kicked last night I’m not panicking because we have seen this all season. The Mets will win tonight and then go onto to Florida and win at least 2 of 3 and then go to Milwaukee and beat then in the series as well because it’s been like this all year, whenever we are ready as fans to throw in the towel this team proves us wrong. I just wish they’d leave my balls alone.

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