Once again it’s time to get your daily dose of TRDMB’s Mets in the Papers.
With general manager Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel both expected to keep their jobs, Warthen is the most high-profile person in the organization whose status for next season is unclear.
Bart Hubbuch, “Mets Win a Misch-Match”
Misch, who almost had his rotation spot taken away by Manuel this week after three horrid starts, scattered eight hits and three walks while striking out two in his first career complete game, a 4-0 Mets victory.
Bart Hubbuch, “David Misses Marlins After Loaf”
The Mets’ All-Star third baseman was conspicuously absent from the 4-0 win over the Marlins, less than 24 hours after Wright’s shockingly uncharacteristic lack of hustle prompted a personal apology to his teammates and a postgame Manuel tongue-lashing.
Bart Hubbuch, “Beltran Looking To End Career With Mets”
“I love it [in New York],” said Beltran, who homered last night. “I love the guys. I’ve made New York my home, and I feel happy. Even though we’ve gone through a lot of terrible things, I still feel like we have the potential to accomplish our goal of winning a World Series.”
Marty Noble, “Mets Aiming to Emulate 1979 Squad”
The Mets of 1979, Joe Torre’s Mets, lost 99 of their first 156 games. The franchise’s sixth 100-loss seemed a foregone conclusion. But the Mets won the second game of a double header at Wrigley Field, and Torre challenged his team to win five more games. They beat the Cubs the following day and swept a four-gamer series in St. Louis.
Marty Noble, “Manuel Speaks to Mets Through Wright”
The mistake, and Manuel’s measured reaction to it, allowed him to address the topic that he intends to emphasize from the first bead of sweat come Spring Training: that the careless, fundamentally flawed baseball the Mets have played for months will not be tolerated in 2010.
Marty Noble, “Misch Delivers Complete-Game Shutout”
Misch produced a Glavine-esque line — eight hits and three walks, all before the sixth inning. He struck out two. And in so doing he produced the Mets’ second complete game this season — Livan Hernandez pitched the other — and the team’s first one-man shutout since Johan Santana threw nine zeroes at the Marlins one year earlier, to the day, at Shea Stadium.
Steve Popper, “Wright Or Wrong, It’s Done”
“I think the thing is, as difficult as it is to probably have the experience that he had [Saturday] night with that particular incident, it probably was the best time for us I would say to move forward as an organization,” Manuel said. “Now we can face that issue, talk about it, bring him in right after the game and kind of lay the law down basically â€” say this is unacceptable, unallowable for you, of anybody.
Joel Sherman, “Realistic Way To Re-Tool Mets”
Here is what I would do: Put out strong one-year offers with a 2011 option to a group at each position. Say Rod Barajas/Bengie Molina/Miguel Olivo at catcher; Nick Johnson/Russ Branyan/Adam LaRoche at first: and Bobby Abreu, Mark DeRosa and Jermaine Dye for left field. The first guy to take the offer in each group gets the contract.
Let’s Go MetsÂ !