Manuel, Stay of Go

16 Mar

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By Jim Walters

Mike Lupica of the NY Daily News reports this morning that Jerry Manuel should stay as  the coach of the Mets this season, despite whatever happens during the course of the season.

Lupica depicts Manuel as the product of bad luck. He also looks back to 2008 when Manuel replaced Randolph, listing other coaches who would’ve lost that final game at Shea.

The media in this town is interesting. When they love a guy, he gets more passes than he deserves. But when the media dislikes a guy, they can write him off before the season even starts.

Manuel is loved in this town, probably due to his easy demeanor and sense of humor. He is an easy guy to root for.

However, he is no different that Willie Randolph who the Mets showed the door at the early morning hours on a west coast trip.

The only difference is that the media likes Manuel, and the injuries of last year and this spring will always be included into the explanation for his failures. Yet for Randolph, the lack of starting pitching during his tenure was his fault, not Minaya’s.

Last year, in addition to the injuries, the Mets did not play fundamental baseball. This falls on the manager. You don’t see this with Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa.

Manuel and Minaya are on thin ice despite what the media says because Mets ownership is as dysfunctional as the starting rotation is.

Perhaps the winner after this season will be Manuel who may get kicked out-of-town and doesn’t have to deal with the nonsense of this franchise anymore.

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5 Responses to “Manuel, Stay of Go”

  1. keithosaunders March 16, 2010 at 10:05 AM #

    Why was the starting pitching Willie’s fault? Are you referring to the way he handled the staff? I had the same problem with Willie as I have with Manuel, and for that matter 90% of managers. They are too quick to yank the starter. Only a very few teams can boast a good bulpen, let alone middle relief. These starters haev to learn to man up. Hell, they did it in the 60s and 70s, they can do it now.

    • jim walters March 16, 2010 at 10:23 AM #

      Randolph had no depth in the rotation, Minaya’s fault. But Willie received the blame. Yes he mismanaged the pitching but going down the stretch in 2007, he called on minor leaguers.

      In my eyes, both Randolph and Manuel are the same. Minaya and ownership are a bigger problem, and ownership isn’t going anywhere.

      I agree with your point, the pitchers need to go deeper but the game is changed, and it’s a shame.

  2. keithosaunders March 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM #

    I thought that when the Whitesox won the Series in ’05 behind 4 complete games that there might be a sea change in handling staffs. Nope. It was just an abberation and teams are run, with a few exceptions, by the book.

  3. Mark Feusier April 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM #

    This is a good article, I was wondering if I could use this blog post on my website, I will link it back to your website though. If this is a problem please let me know and I will take it down right away.

    • jim walters April 3, 2010 at 9:35 AM #

      Not a problem, glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the support.

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