Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Manuel

16
Feb
09

Please Keep Castillo Away from Baseball Games

sports110a1Mets manager Jerry Manuel waxed poetic about the upcoming season during his opening press conference with reporters yesterday. Last year’s Mets team featured many problems on the field, their complete inability to keep an outfielder healthy, their bullpen’s continual destruction, the black-hole that is Luis Castillo and so Jerry announced that he’s thinking about making a big change. That would be removing Jose Reyes from the leadoff spot, putting Castillo there instead.

Um, WHAT!?! Reyes was one of the few consistent bright spots for the Mets, whereas Castillo was useless with the bat and  useless with the glove. So, of course it makes sense to remove Reyes from a position where he excels as perhaps the best leadoff man in the game and put someone who last hit leadoff regularly two teams ago and nearly 5 years ago. In that time Castillo has gone from lightning fast to slower than me, he’s gone from dynamic slap hitter to unable to slap himself in the face. But sure Jerry, let’s get him to hit lead off, after all, it’s always much more fun and challenging when you begin every inning with an out. This is an idea that reeks of Jerry Manuel trying to be too clever. Hey Jerry, why not just put your players in a position to succeed, and one of the ways to do that is to keep Luis Castillo OFF the field as much as possible, not giving him MORE playing time.

“The one thing we have to be careful of is this is not about statistical success,” Manuel said. “It’s about winning as a team and you have to put people in positions that you feel is best to win as a team – whether that means Jose batting second, third or whatever. That’s a big part of the message throughout spring training, is that the game takes precedence over the individual statistics.”

That’s great, but Castillo isn’t going to have good stats whether he hits leadoff, last, three times in an inning or anything else, he S-U-C-K-S and the only reason he still remains the Mets second baseman is that Omar Minaya gave him that absolutely ridiculous 4 year contract. Otherwise, Luis Castillo would be out on his ass and listed amongst all the other free agents who are desperate for a contract. At this point I think I’M a better player than Castillo.

[Newsday]

24
Oct
08

The Mets Make a Perfect Hire

Good news Mets fans, fresh off two straight near-epic collapses to miss the postseason, no longer interim manager Jerry Manuel has made a hire sure to resonate with the Mets fanbase. Keeping most of his coaching staff intact from the season, Manuel did make a few changes, adding Randy Niemann as the new bullpen coach and Razor Shines will be the new third base coach. Looks like when next year’s collapse happens the team and the fans won’t have to go too far for something to cut their wrists…

[ESPN]

17
Jul
08

Jerry Manuel Gets Grilled

Mets manager Jerry Manuel spoke with CBS 2 in New York the other day, and since local news is so damned schlocky, they needed a nice hook, how about Jerry getting interviewed by his daughter, Natalie, who is working as an intern at CBS this summer (I wonder how she got that job…)

I thought Manuel’s response when asked if the interim title bothered him was great, saying “I really disregard the title. I think even when you have a contract you’re interim.”

Fast forward to about 1:30 to see Manuel’s cute daughter asking her daddy about discipline.

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19
Jun
08

Ten Reasons the Mets will Finish 10 Games Under .500

Today we bring you a guest column from generally angry commenter Shatraw, who offers his insights into what is ailing his beloved Mets (until he jumps onto the Rays bandwagon.)

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The inevitable came to pass in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, June 17th, when Omar Minaya snuck into Willie Randolph’s hotel room and left the severed heads of Rick Peterson and Tom Nieto in his bed, scrawling the word’s “YOU’RE FIRED” in blood on the wall over his bed. There is no debate about whether the firing was warranted and going into the theatrics surrounding the situation is just beating a dead horse. The real question now is: “can the Met’s get their act together and finish off 2008 in the hunt for a playoff spot?”

Hah hah hah.

Here are the 10 reasons the Mets will finish 10 games under .500. If each one of these factors only adds one loss to their chances of finishing .500, the Mets should consider themselves lucky.

PROBLEM: Oliver Perez will walk 100+ batters

Free Parking Perez has walked 48 men in only 72.1 IP. Remember last year when he went 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA and 174K, walking “only” a total of 79?

The honeymoon is over. His ERA is flirting with 5. He gives his team almost no chance to win 1 out of 3 times he’s on the mound.

CAN IT BE FIXED? Well, since he walked 8 in 5IP on May 23rd in Colorado, he’s only walked 4, 2, 2 and 3. So no, probably not.

PROBLEM: Jose Reyes turned into a sniveling prick

Everyone knows that watching Reyes play at the height of his game is possibly the most exciting sight in baseball. But that’s if he feels like it.

Reyes seems more petulant by the hour, climaxing last night in Jerry Manuel’s first game as manager. Reyes pulling up lame at first, whined into the bench. When Manuel emerged from the dugout and told him to take the night off, Reyes chucked his helmet and sulked off the field.

It’s just the latest in Jose’s trend toward little-bitchery. Reyes can regularly be seen booting routine groundballs, not laying out for tougher plays and scuffling to first on grounders.

CAN IT BE FIXED? I don’t know what his deal is, but they have to make Reyes care again. Send him to a Tony Robbins brainwashing if it’s necessary.

PROBLEM: The Wilpons are reverting back into the Wilpons

After a couple of relatively sane seasons from ownership, the Wilpons are up to their nasty old tricks again. Now that their team is sputtering, it’s back to a steady flow of media leaks, petty in-fighting and backstabbing in an organization famous for such hijinks. That’s always good for team morale.

I’m starting to suspect that Mets ownership is intentionally tanking this season. Omar Minaya has that look in his eye, like his time is about to come. And it probably will after this season.

CAN IT BE FIXED? Not really. Unless the Wilpons charter a fateful helicopter tour with the always hilarious Dolans, curing NY sports of insanity at its uppermost levels. Oh wait, forgot about Hank Steinbrenner. Damn.

PROBLEM: Both Carlos’s (Carlii?) suck and neither one of them cares Continue reading ‘Ten Reasons the Mets will Finish 10 Games Under .500’

17
Jun
08

Say Goodnight Sweet Prince

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am obviously satisfied that the Mets finally fired Willie Randolph, but could that franchise look any more dysfunctional after the manner in which they actually let him go? The organization sent out emails at 3:11 am letting media outlets know that Willie Randolph, Rick Peterson and Tom Nieto were all axed. There has to be a better way to have handled this. Do you think that back at the hotel, Omar hid in Willie’s closet and then smothered him with a pillow when he laid down to sleep?

But regardless, Willie, a seemingly classy guy was simply unable to corral this team and make them perform the way they were supposed to. Two years ago they were a base hit away from the World Series, since then, they have gone 122 – 109 which is simply not good enough. They have a $139 million payroll and were expected to be the best team in the NL. As reader Youppi pointed out yesterday, it is not Willie’s fault that players got hurt or have completely slowed down (cough, Delgado) but it is his responsibility to get the team to perform no matter what. This team goes the way Jose Reyes goes, and he hasn’t been going. The only player whom Willie’s constant mismanaging didn’t seem to affect was David Wright. Every few games there were moves that Willie would make that would be questionable. Whether it was even allowing Fernando Tatis to play or the manner he handled the bullpen, it just seemed like Willie was grasping at straws and didn’t have a plan.

I’m not convinced that Jerry Manuel is going to be a long-term answer, but any change is good at this point. What I’m most interested to see is who they hire for pitching coach. Leo Mazzone is still unemployed and, up until his less-than-successful tenure in Baltimore was considered the best pitching coach in the game. Was he product of the fantastic Braves pitchers, or is he really that good? Someone needs to figure out how to make Oliver Perez throw strikes, and Mazzone might just be that guy. If Perez, Mike Pelfrey and John Maine can’t be consistent this team should start booking their October vacations now.

The fact that Omar Minaya handled this situation so poorly though, is just one more example of why Omar Minaya ALSO needs to be handed his walking papers. That he could have done it at the worst possible time, and after forcing the coaches to fly across the country only to get fired in the middle of the night. Completely classless. Omar has managed to arrange a team that is inconsistent, a bench that is unproductive, the highest paid players (again besides David Wright) are all under performing. Ridiculous moves like the signing of Luis Castillo are simply inexcusable. WHY DO YOU SIGN A SECOND BASEMAN WITH BAD KNEES WHOSE GAME IS BASED ON SPEED TO A 4 YEAR CONTRACT IMMEDIATELY AFTER HE HAS KNEE SURGERY!?!?!?!?! Is that not the most idiotic move possible? Now the team is hamstrung at the position. The rotation is struggling, the bullpen is a rollercoaster, Delgado is finished, Beltran (last night excepted) has been not close to what he is supposed to be, Pedro has had one good year. There are very few moves that Minaya has made that have panned out and it is time that he go to. Let’s see if the Wilpons have the brains to do it.

Day one of a new Mets era starts today. Let’s hope it goes well…




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