Sunday, October 31, 2010
With the signing of Sandy Alderson as the new GM of the Mets, to many the frightening memories of the last four seasons is believed to be dead and buried. I'm not yet sure.
I was real curious about Jon Daniels, not so much that he was raised in Queens and grew up a Mets fan, but because he is young (33) and has built a championship caliber team in Texas.
The Rangers success was bad timing for the Mets and Daniels, but Sandy Alderson and his long resume was the best viable possibility here.
As penned many times, I am not a believer in saber metrics. I believe that baseball instincts and the human eye can predict a players potential far better than looking at stats. Sabermetricians would claim that Jose Reyes is mediocre, but watch him play every day, we see how important he is to this team. He single handedly can change the course of a game. I hope the new Mets GM realizes this, and looks to not only pick up Jose's option, but possibly extend him for a few more years.
I was quite impressed with Mr. Alderson's press conference. He handled the media well, and there was no doubt that he is a person that takes charge. It was real eerie when introduced he stated he was real proud to be a part of Oak...then smiled. I hope he was kidding.
As for some scary possibilities, I am still terrified that Jeff Wilpon will still think he's the baseball man. Memo to Jeff...you're not. You're are part owner and COO. You hired Sandy because HE is the baseball man. Please remember this going forward.
Another scary possibility would be if someone insignificant, an Art Howe type, is hired to be the next Mets manager. Mr. Alderson handled that question well, saying a fiery type (Wally Backman?) would be possibly considered because NY is passionate, and they and the players can relate to a passionate manager. Good answer, but actions speak louder than words.
Scary scenario #3: Oliver Perez. The Mets can't go into 2011 with a 24 man roster like they did the second half of 2010. A decision must be made, and although I was in Ollie's corner longer than most, it is time to cut bait. He is not a part of this team, and certainly isn't a part of their future.
Another frightening observation: Alderson said he believes the Mets might be competitive in 2011, but is looking at a longer game plan. I like that he realizes this team needs a face-lift, and that they aren't going to be active in the free agent market, but to think this team, with much of the same "core" that has disappointed for the last four years, will all of a sudden turn it around is a bit over zealous. The talent is there, the leadership is not. David Wright is not the leader. He is the face of the Mets, yes, but he isn't the leader. They haven't had one of those since the combo of Cliff Floyd and Jose Valentin. Jason Bay might have that make-up, but he is going to have to perform better than he did in 2010. Bay, like I did with Beltran, gets a mulligan from me for his first year in NY. Now it's time to get down to business Jason. Show the NY faithful why you were signed. He hustles as much, if not more,than any other on this roster, and over a full, healthy season, should rub off on his mates. Still though, it is frightening to be coerced into believing this team stands a chance in 2011.
For all those trick or treating today, have fun and be safe. For all those parents out there taking their little loved ones door-to-door, enjoy. The time goes by so fast, and it's days like these that can not only bring a smile to your child's face, but to yours too.
As for Mr. Alderson, you did a great at the press conference. I just hope you aren't disguised as a quality GM.
As for Jeff Wilpon, you've been playing dress-up for years as a boss. Now it's time to put the costume away and be a real boss, and let your baseball MAN do his job.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
He had a 2PM press conference that last 40 or so minutes, a couple of minutes with SNY, then the paper press . That leads to a picture op, and then a chat with WFAN Mike Francessa which lasted over 40 minutes. If you like to here him where Mike Actually asked him about the steriod use of his A's team check it out here.
Then he did answer some questions from the fans about what he terms a successful year, who is tradeable who isnt on the Mets team which you can listen to via the Mets flushing flash which is loaded here. That you will have to register for.
All and all alot of material out there for us Mets fan to chew this Halloween weekend.
Friday, October 29, 2010
- He believes the team should have a fiery manager that is much like the fans are
- He thinks the Mets are middle of the pack organizational wise
- Believes the Mets can be in the top 5 after a year or 2 with some good drafts and some international signings
- Even with lmited flexibility payroll wise thinks the Mets can be a contender in 2011
- He will make decisions and the ones he cant he will go to the Wilpons and impress on them why his decison is the correct one.
Kudos for Newsday Lennon for asking about what he thinks of certain contracts like Castillo and Olllie where Alderson was frank thinking of them as assets and not ready to throw them away.
For more on the press conference check out SNY.tv
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Alderson doesnt overreact acccording to a 1 time employee- "He has leadership skills to get an organization all pulling in the same direction and once that occurs, he is not backing down because someone outside the organization does not like it. "
Welll thats all well and good but he better make sure that he does have a direction. That doesnt seem to flip flop depending what day of the week it is and who you ask. Plus people will talk in his organization to the media which I am sure will be something new for him to deal with.
This will help John Ricco according to Sherman's article The pass-the-buck mentality of the Mets stops now. So does haphazard decision making. Alderson believes in empowering a strong front office and letting his subordinates have room to act.
"This guy has incredible integrity," Towers said. "He is going to have a complete, honest relationship with you. He is a big believer in process. For him having a good process does not mean everything works out, but not having a good process to him means anything that works out does so by luck, not design. He will empower people, but hold them accountable. With Sandy there are no secrets, he will let know what he thinks of you."
Now of course there are bad sides to things. Alderson did force Brucy Bochy away from the Padres since Bochy still believed in relying on scouts and not as heavily on sabremetrics. Who is in the World Series?
Here are some items to take note. This of course is not the West coast. Fans here are not as laid back and Alderson might not be ready for the lashing he could take outside of his office. Yes he is strong but is he NY strong?
The Media here needs to sell papers and there are more papers here. They have people within the organzation that feed them info. Alderson will not be able to stop leaks.
Expectations are high and at this stage of his career can Alderson make a difference regardless of his prior triumphs in small market clubs.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
2pm Friday the Mets will introduce Sandy Alderson as there new GM which I am sure will be telecast on SNY. Also expect later in the day for him to have a spot on WFAN with Mike Francessa.
Of course there will be questions for Sandy to answer which I am sure will include who he might interview for manager, The fact he hasnt been a GM for so long. well there be wholesale changes for the Mets in 2011 etc.
Exciting time for the Mets and us fans to see what will Alderson bring to this franchise.
Besides Backman and Bobby V, who dont seem to fit for Alderson, here are some manager ideas for the new GM.
Clint Hurdle- Really did a decent job with the Rockies until 2009. He has Met ties as he played for the Mets during his playing days. Would have to wait until after the World Series since he is now the hitting coach of the Rangers.
Terry Collins- Astros and Angels skipper, Collins was brought in as the Mets’ minor league field coordinator last year. This guy with the lower payroll of the Astros managed to get his teams to 2nd place in there division every year. People have great things to say about Collins.
John Gibbons-Former Toronto manager was hired by J.P. Ricciardi, who worked for Alderson in Oakland
Chip Hale- Thrid base coach and was in the D Back system for years.
Bob Melvin- Mets scout this year- Brought the D Backs to the NLCS in 2007- Interviewing for the Brewers job.
Curt Young- Was the pitching coach for the A's
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Alderson, who is 62, seemed to be a shoe in once he came in to interview with the blessing of Bud Selig. There is also some word that Daniels of the Rangers was interested in interviewing for the position but was told no when he asked if the Mets could wait until after the World Series for his interview. Of course that I am sure is a bunch of...
Now on to the next manager of the NY Mets. Everyone seems to have different opinions on who Alderson might bring aboard. Some think Melvin is his guy but he is up for the Brewers job. The Wilpons might like to have a guy with Met ties. Clint Hurdle could be a name that is thrown out there. He is the hitting coach for the AL Champ Rangers but was the manager of the Rockies but was fired mid 2009 after a bad start. Most camps do not think Backman would be in the running but look for Alderson to make a decision before the end of November .
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Let me take you back 24 years, to October 25, 1986.
Setting: A cool Fall night.
Place: Shea Stadium.
Time: 10th inning.
Mets are down 5-3 with two outs in the 10th. Gary Carter refusing to be the last out lofted a soft single to left. Then Kevin Mitchell singled. Then Ray Knight singled, scoring Carter to make the score 5-4, and sending Mitchell to third.
Then the AT BAT. Up stepped Mookie Wilson: Everyone remembers "The Play", but I would like to point out another forgotten moment that changed the series and history. On that wild pitch that Bob Stanley threw, Mookie was like an acrobat getting out of the way, and not being hit. If that ball hits him, the bases are loaded and there are still two outs with the Mets down by one. With Wilson jack-knifing out of the way, Mitchell was able to score the tying run easily.
Many Bostonians say if Buckner had made the play... Here is my take: the game was already tied. If Buckner fields that ball, with those two bad ankles, do you really think he would have beaten Mookie to first? Not a snowball's chance below. Stanley was late breaking to first, and people seem to forget how quickly Mookie scooted down the line every day of his baseball life.
Mets win and we live to see a seventh game. One of the greatest comebacks I have ever seen.
Then the miracle TAKE II began. First Carter. Then Mitchell. Then Knight. Then Mookie. Before the start of the inning, or maybe it was during the inning (give me a break, I was drinking and it was 24 years ago) I stepped out to use the ever disgusting facilities of 2nd West in DeGroat Hall.
Apparently while I was away, the host of this party and fellow fraternity brother, and others, were so upset, that they took the trash can full of empty beer bottles, and dropped them out the window. Needless to say, it was a loud explosion, coming to rest two floors down.
We were so happy the Mets won and we would have a game 7 which no one thought we could lose.
The fun part was a next day when I was called down to see my dorm director. Still high from the exciting game 6, and possible still a bit inebriated, I was told that along with my fellow party members, we were being brought before the Venerable JRB (Judicial Review Board). Not really venerable, just a bunch of geeks who think the had the ability to pass judgment on others. Well, needless to say, or maybe not needless, we were able to run circles around the the Venerable JRB like Mookie Wilson running the bases.
Personally I had fun with it. If "convicted", could have, at the least, been tossed from the dorm. At worst, could have been expelled, but a judgment like that against us would have had to come from President Clark, not a pimply faced honors student who was my age.
One of the RA's (Resident Assitant) never saw the bottles drop, only heard them. We ran with that. We kept asking if she didn't see it, but heard it, how could she be sure it came from my friends window. I reminded her that she came up to my room asking if I or my roommate were lifting weights. We weren't, and acted stunned. What we really did was this: a guy two doors down had a bowling ball. He would roll it to me on the tiled floor. I would scoop it up and deposit it in my closet. By the time Patty, the RA, got to my room, I invited her in to check for weights. Of course she couldn't go into my closed closet. As soon as she left, I would roll the ball back to its rightful owner. She'd be back again. I'd like to think if she ever had a nervous breakdown, I, in some way, had a part in it.
Anyway, I looked Patty in the eye and reminded her of how she heard things, and kept coming to our floor thinking we were lifting weights, but she never found any because we didn't have any. Couldn't she be mistaken about what she heard on October 25, 1986?
Anyway, we were acquitted. I will never forget that night, except for where beer might have clouded my 20 year old mind, but will never forget that magical night and the foolishness of college undergrads.
Where were you and what were doing 24 years ago tonight?
Source: Baseball Almanac
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Ricco is trying to work out a deal for the Mets pitcher. He I am sure is looking for at least a 2 year deal in the 5M per rage. What do you think he is worth?
Makes the off season a little bit easier to deal with ...
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The Mets sent a letter via e-mail that stated:
Dear Mets Fans:
According to some sources, Wally Backman is one of five possible Mets managerial candidates on both men's list.
Other than Fred Wilpon having a man-crush on Bud Selig, and Alderson is being endorsed by Selig, could this be the reason these two individuals made the first cut? There is a good chance this is the case. Personally, as I have stated, I am a Wally Backman Card Carrying Member, but I would hate for the Mets to choose a GM because of this. That will only further prove that there is no autonomy for the next Mets GM.
Jon Daniels intrigues me greatly, but with the wonderful job he has done in Texas and with his team now on it's way to the World Series, chances of the Mets interviewing, let alone hiring him are remote at best.
More rumors are saying the Mets will have a decision on their next GM this week. The only thing Byrnes has going for him is that he should be cheaper to hire than Alderson. Of the remaining two, I would rather see Alderson for one reason, and one reason only: I can't see Alderson tolerating much of the nonsense from ownership. I would rather see a young guy, but unfortunately, most candidates nowadays are saber metric geeks. That's not my style. I prefer a baseball person; one who not only understands the game, but is able to hire a scouting staff that watches young talent and make an evaluation based on that, not on stats alone.
With the hiring of either man be a big plus for the potential hiring of Wally Backman as Mets manager? Only time will tell, but Backman would come cheaper than an established manager, and that might bode well for him. That, and the fact it is believed he is on the short list of both Alderson's and Byrnes list.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Vlad Guerrero drove in 3 runs and Nelson Cruz crushed a 2 run shot. The Rangers now will wait to see if they face the Giants or the Phillies.
According to Dodgers beat reporter for MLB, Ken Gurnick, Logan White will remain with the Dodgers.
Gurnicks Tweet: _________________________________________________________________
"Logan White will not be Mets GM and will remain with Dodgers."
Thus far this is the only confirmation we have.
Does this means the Mets weren't interested, White felt he had no shot, or White himself wasn't interested in the position?
Previously: GM of the Oakland A’s from 1983-1997 .Former CEO of the Padres, VP of Operations for Major League Baseball. Bud Selig’s buddy and possibly successor if he doesn’t go the route of Mets GM. Most think its his job to lose. Jeffy might be more interested in a younger guy .
Previously: Worked as the GM for the K C Royals from 2000-2006 . Currently Assistant to the GM in charge of scouting for the Boston Red Sox. He signed players to some really bad contracts over the course of his tenure with the Royals
Currently: Special Assistant to the GM of the Toronto Blue Jays. He previously spent eight seasons as director of scouting for the Nationals/Expos, during which that organization selected Ryan Zimmerman, John Lannan and Collin Balester.
Previously: GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2005 until fired earlier this year. During his tenure the D Backs made it to the playoffs once.Before working with the D-Backs, he was the Assistant GM for the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies.
Currently: Current Vice President and Assistant GM for the Chicago White Sox. Former agent at Steinberg, Moorad & Dunn. Spent the last 2 years mostly on the road evaluating talent for the White Sox. Big on sabremetrics Has worked in a pretty big city & stressful environment. Dealing with the likes of Kenny Williams/Guillen etc.
Currently: Assistant GM of the Dodgers in charge of scouting. Scouted for the Orioles, Padres, and Mariners.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thus far the Mets have interviewed former KC Royals GM and Boston Red Sox Assistant GM Allard Baird, former Arizona Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, Los Angeles Dodgers Assistant GM Logan White, and Chicago White Sox Assistant GM Rick Hahn.
Today is the "token interview." The Mets had reached out to Detroit to interview Al Avila, but were denied. In keeping with baseball's Affirmative Action, they must interview a minority. This I have a problem with.
Hiring someone because of their skin color is just as prejudicial as not hiring someone due to the color of their skin. The Mets have a history of hiring minorities for big positions. In the last five years, they have had the first Latin American GM (Omar Minaya), a Latin American in charge of Player Development (Tony Bernazard), two black managers (Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel), and a multitude of coaches in Sandy Alomar, Razor Shines, Mookie Wilson. In the 1980's Bill Robinson was hitting coach.
Now the Mets are required by MLB to interview someone who has no shot of being hired because of the pigment of his skin. How does this help? Dana Brown might be a quality individual and executive, but he has no shot of being hired by the Mets. My belief is the job will first be offered to Alderson, whom, by the way, is endorsed by MLB's owner, er Commissioner, Bud Selig. I think the remaining would go in this order:
Other organizations have a much worse hiring record of minorities than the Mets, and are required to interview, not hire, minorities. I do believe that any man should be permitted to be hired based on their experience and expertise and not be denied due to their skin color. However, forcing teams to interview people based on skin color alone is as ignorant as not hiring someone for the same reasons - especially for a team, the Mets, who have had a respectable record in hiring a multitude of baseball people of different origins.
What's more disgraceful: not hiring someone based on color or having a dog-and-pony show with a minority who has no chance of being hired? Does that really solve the race issues in professional sports?
Picture Source: NY Daily News
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
If you need to read the statements that K Rod and Jeff Wilpon were forced , I mean made with there own thoughts check them out here
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
He seems to be setting his sites on teams with some stake in the playoffs with himmentioning the Yankees and Phillies as teams of interest for him. Of course the Mets are interested and he enjoyed his time with the Mets. The Mets should sign him as soon as they can and if he wants 2 years give him 2 years. I mean you signed a 2 year deal to Igarashi and got nothing out of him.
Taka really excelled in his role as the fill in closer for the Mets as well whatever slot he was used in the bullpen. Check out our poll and let us know what you do .
Friday, October 15, 2010
Dereck Mollins at The Point has created a rather unique and ingenious way to rid the Mets of their much beleaguered, enigmatic lefty, Oliver Perez.
Mollins is running a campaign to raise the $12M via donations from fans, to provide to the Mets so that Perez's contract can be bought out.
The plan is to raise the money and present it to the Mets by February 13, 2011 - the day pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.
Donations can be made by using the above link, and you will only be charged if the $12M is raised. If the Mets decline the "generous offer", all money will be donated to charity.
We are not saying that anyone should or should not contribute, just reporting an interesting idea to rid the Mets of a $36M mistake.
Maybe if the Mets get wind of this idea, they might be compelled to just get rid of Perez on their own, and let the hard-working fans keep their money, or better yet, they donate it to a worthy charity...like metsfan73. Exhale, I'm only kidding.
***update*** for some reason he closed the campaign after raising $290.00
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Jeff Francoeur is getting ready to experience NY post-season baseball...with the Rangers.
Many have read Francoeur's comments and weren't happy with them. His comments were taken out of context. Adam Rubin had the in depth interview, and after reading it, Francoeur didn't dis the Mets like many felt.
Francoeur is excited to play in the post season. Relegated to being a fourth/platoon rightfielder, Francoeur will get starts in game 1 in Texas and game 3 in NY against lefties CC Sabathia and Andy Pettite.
The former Met RF explained his feelings:
"I'll tell you this: Before the year started, I was hoping to play playoff baseball in New York in October, but I didn't think it would be in the ALCS. Obviously, it's going to be a blast. Playing in New York in October is special. And, for me, it's nice that I faced CC a couple of times this year and last year [in interleague play], so I'll be ready for him. And, of course, I've faced Pettitte throughout my career with [Atlanta versus] Houston, and a couple of times in interleague." _____________________________________________________________
Despite complete disdain for Francoeur by much of the NY Mets fanbase, yours truly not included, Francoeur said that he is still in touch with his former mates in Flushing. Most of the contact is through their fantasy football league. The fantasy football draft started "days" after Francoeur was traded when the Mets were in Chicago. Francoeur flew his friend Todd Stewart to Chicago to make the draft for him:
"I flew him up and told him he could go to the game at Wrigley Field, and then he picked my team. He did a good job. My guys haven't done it yet. It's still early. Tom Brady hasn't had the [customary] type of year, so I'm sitting at freakin' 1-4." ______________________________________________________________
Francoeur enjoyed his time with the Mets, especially at the beginning of the year, and has also enjoyed his time in Texas:
"It was awesome. We got off to a great start this year. The first half was great. Then to struggle like we did for those two months was tough. Even when I was over here [with Texas], keeping up with the guys, I know it was tough to finish the season knowing everything was going to happen and the way things went.
"But for me to be able to be a part of something here, and to be able to contribute and play well, it really made me feel like part of the team. And guys here were awesome, really making me feel like part of the team."____________________________________________________________
Francoeur will most likely be non-tendered by Texas at season's end, thus making him a free agent. His stats with the Mets were: .237 Avg. , 11 HR's , 54 RBI. With Texas in a part time/platoon role mainly against lefties, Francoeur's stats were: .340 Avg. , 2 HR's , 11 RBI. Francoeur is philosophical about his future:
"For so many years I thought about where I was going to be or what was going to happen the next year. I know I did a lot before this year in New York. I think in this game I've learned anything can happen at any time. I'd be doing myself a disservice if I started thinking about next year, especially with what we're going through now and having so much fun."
Francoeur might not find a starting role after a somewhat frustrating season, so the chances of him having a pay day like he did this year ($5M) are slim. That being said, he can be a real useful commodity to a team. His RF defense is second to none, and he does provide occasional power and a great attitude. I know this philosophy doesn't jibe with saber metric geeks, but to watch him play every day, you see he has talent; talent far beyond the stats.
Although I'm in the minority, Francoeur can play for me anytime. He was a good teammate, which is more than proven when he let former teammate Josh Thole use his apartment in the city after he was traded. Unfortunately, when he was slumping, fans took it personally, and made it a personal vendetta against Francoeur.
No matter how one might want to explain it, Francoeur is playing in the post season, and the return the Mets got, Joaquin Arias, will be fortunate to make the club next year, and wouldn't have made it this year if Luis Castillo was useful, and Reyes wasn't hobbled.
Was it really that beneficial to jettison Francoeur out of town? I guess it was for him.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
What are Mets fans thinking about Alderson, Manager,Beltran. Latest chat with Mets beat Writer Adam Rubin.
Monday, October 11, 2010
The NL/AL championship series start this Friday and Saturday the 15th and 16th . If they go the distance 7 games we wont have a winner until the 24th . That means there will be 2 days the 25th and 26th before the World Series starts on the 27th. We might not have announcement until then who will be the next Mets GM.
Everyone seems to think that the its Sandy Alderson's job if he wants it. I still think that after the interview Alderson might just turn it down. Even with Selig wanting to see the Mets franchise be on top, if Alderson doesnt like the view he will stay with what he has.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Alderson has been involved in baseball for close to 30 years. Serving as the Oakland A's GM during that club's World Series run in the late 80's . He was there GM from 1983 to 1997 and also worked for the Padres before joining MLB.
Jeff might want to have Fred in there since Alderson was wheeling and dealing more then likely back when Jeff was still climbing through college.
Alderson worked with John Ricco for MLB for a while and he could groom the Mets assistant GM. Alderson has been out of the GM roll for at least 10 years. Will that work against him and ever if its intriguing to him will he feel that way after he interviews with the likes of Jeff Wilpon. Do not see Alderson wanting to be asking permission for everything.
Friday, October 8, 2010
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