And so begins the official countdown to the next former manager of the New York Metropolitians.
Jerry Manuel will be fired before the end of the year. I would love to be able to use this space to say that it is not Jerry’s fault, that he is doing the best he, or anyone else can or could with the talent he has been handed. Of course, I would be lying…
As much as I like Jerry as a person and a leader of men, his far from a competent National League manager. The guy makes no less than three moves a night that leave me scratching my sparsely covered head.
Bullpen mismanagement seems to be a theme among Mets managers, but Jerry takes it to a whole other level.
Of course every once in a while, a game will come along that requires very little management, because unless you sit in the outfield with binoculars stealing signs (I’m looking at you Phillies), Johan Santana is an excellent pitcher.
The problems with the Mets go deeper than David Wright striking out at an ungodly pace. They go deeper than Jason Bay finally adding Home Runs #s 2 and 3 last night. They go deeper than our exhausted bullpen.
Omar Minaya has run this team into the ground. His strength has consistently been to add premier talent to the roster. He has been responsible for bringing in Pedro Martinez, Carlos’ Beltran and Delgado, Johan Santana, extending the contracts of David Wright and Jose Reyes, adding Jason Bay and K-Rod…all moves I applauded.
His weakness has been, and continues to be adding additional talent to the roster that produces at above replacement level. He has handed out massive contracts to guys who deserved no more than one year deals (Castillo, Perez) He has relied far too much on aging, declining talent based too much on past production.
He was behind the curve coming out of the Steroid Era. When other teams were realizing you cannot base current roster decisions on things guys did in the first 8 years of this decade, Omar traded FOR Gary Matthews Jr. and signed Brett Boone.
Until Omar goes, nothing changes with this team. There is too much emphasis from Mets management on today’s game, or this next series. The manager should be focused on today and tomorrow, the front office should be planning for 6-12 months down the road. If Jerry was good enough to bring back this year (he wasn’t), he should be good enough for the year, regardless of what happens in any given three game stretch. You cannot run a team by focusing on tomorrow’s results.
The entire mindset of the organization speaks to how dysfunctional the whole thing is. They are too reactionary.
In other, much more positive news, I am either leading, or in the top two of each of my three fantasy baseball leagues. I drafted and have managed three teams that are built for long-term success. I am consistently crushing the opposition, and damn it feels good.