A win at this point in a dismal 2010 season means nothing by the Mets….unless its a winning move by management to clean house at the end of the season. And that’s exactly what firing manager Jerry Manuel and GM Omar Minaya represents.
This team needs new energy, a new purpose, and where the leadership roles are concerned, new blood. For this reason I DO NOT want Bobby Valentine or Joe Torre to even be considered for the managerial soon-to-be-vacancy. Nor do I want Dallas Green, Davey Johnson, Willie Randolph, Art Howe or Casey Stengel. I want a new direction for this team. That’s “new” as in a direction not taken before.
I believe the Mets need more energy, a better work ethic, a new message and a new voice. For this reason its less important to have a manager that is schooled in the MLB status quo — an old school baseball voice is not what’s needed. A new voice is needed to provide motivation and accountability and to get this talented but underperforming squad to be more cohesive and resilient.
That’s why Wally Backman is the man for the job. Or perhaps someone else relatively young with fresh ideas and philosophies. Even if this candidate has never managed in the major leagues previously.
We have not had a great manager whom I could respect since the days of Davey Johnson. Yes, I realize that is a stone cold diss to Bobby Valentine, who guided the Amazins to their last World Series appearance in 2000. (When they got crushed by some arrogant pinstriped opponent who’s name I cannot recall at the moment). Valentine’s egotistical over-managing style puts his personality too much in the equation, and I think its the exact opposite of what this team needs. That style may work for Tony La Russa in St. Louis but I don’t see it working for today’s Met team. So let me go on record as saying I’d rather keep Jerry Manuel than have Valentine return.
As for Minaya, the proof is in the pudding, and this team did not get it done under his watch. Or if you prefer another cliche, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Minaya comes off as a PR guy, a professional apologist, a spin controller who manipulates the press and sugar coats the obvious Met dysfunction on a daily basis. We need someone to change things, and Minaya can’t really do that because for him to make a radical change is to admit he has made a lot of mistakes in the past. Minaya seems to feel that its part of his job description to deflect blame for his mistakes and to cover them up with well chosen words to the media. So don’t let door hit ya on the way out Omar.
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Written by Mark Reichman