Once again it’s time to get your daily dose of TRDMB’s Mets in the Papers.
The Mets addressed their alarming lack of defensive fundamentals this year with the removal of Alomar, who was also the infield coach. They addressed their repeated baserunning gaffes by booting Alicea and reassigning Shines.
Bart Hubbuch, “Bring On The Knife: Reyes Opts For Surgery”
If Reyes had chosen surgery in early June, when the hamstring tendon was torn, he could have returned for the final month of the season. Instead, he kept putting it off in a failed bid to heal the injury non-surgically and ended up not playing after May 20.
Bart Hubbuch, “Mets Spare Razor Ax In Shakeup”
Manuel, who is heading into the final season of a two-year contract, faced the most scrutiny for bringing back Shines after the former major-league first baseman was a total disaster coaching third base.
David Lennon, “Jeff Wilpon Promises Improvement; 2 Coaches Fired”
As for the coaches, Manuel said he was unhappy with a number of areas. Defensive lapses in the infield, especially the problems turning double plays, led him to dismiss Alomar Sr. He said he had to dump Alicea and switch Shines because of their poor handling of baserunners.
Asked why he was allowed to return, Manuel picked a curious time to inject some comic relief into the news conference. “Depending on how you feel about the mix that we had, some might say 70-92, I should be the Manager of the Year,” he said, laughing.
“I’m just joking. But no, it was a failure. We didn’t live up to expectations, period, and that’s my responsibility.”
Wallace Matthews, “The Mets’ Problem? It’s In Your Mirror, Jeff Wilpon”
In fact, don’t expect anything to change in Flushing until the year after they change ownership. The Wilpons have got to be the only owners in the history of professional sports who can captain the Titanic as if it were the Good Ship Lollipop.
Steve Popper, “Wilpon: No Spending Restrictions”
While it has been assumed all along that the Metsâ€™ payroll would shrink with approximately $30 million due to come off the $147 million the team spent in 2009 â€” and the memory of the Bernie Madoff scandal still fresh enough to explain a savings plan â€” Wilpon said no limits have been placed on spending.
Dan Warthen appeared vulnerable because the Mets issued the second-most walks in the majors despite playing in a pitcher-friendly park, but Manuel offered a positive review of the pitching coach. Manuel suggested Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey and John Maine had the best stretches of their careers under Warthen. Manuel partially assigned responsibility for the walks to pitchers such as Livan Hernandez, who purposely pitched around certain hitters. Manuel also suggested Maine threw more strikes in September when he returned injury-free.
Let’s Go MetsÂ !