Ok, so its pretty much a forgone conclusion that this season is just about over in regards to playoff hopes(barring a “historical comeback” as our own Mr. North Jersey put it). My question that I propose to you today is regarding how to handle the rest of the year. If you were Jerry Manual(keep the laughter to a minimum) what would you do. Let me lay out some of the scenery for you. You are not coming back to manage next season. You have been given some below average players to manage your time here but there are sure to be many firings this coming offseason. Now that you have that scenario in your head, onto my question for the day. Would you:
1) Play the kids. Start giving regular playing times for guys that are pretty much sure to be here next year. Mainly Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada. Sure you probably wont win as many games but you would be giving the organization a huge step in their future direction. You would do this of course by benching veteran players such as Luis Castillo and Jeff Francoeur, a combined 8 million dollars on the bench and not to mention the clubhouse “management” you will have to do coming from both of them.
2) Play the vets.Â The reality is you need a job next year and at the very least, the vets have a track record of success(or else they wouldnt be vets). Continue to play Castillo and Jeff with the intention of winning as many games as you could. This would give you the best looking resume you could possibly have given your time here and best shot at a job because lets face it, baseball is a results oriented business. The more wins you get, the better the chance you will find a job next year.
Now before you go one way or another, consider the other foot as well. If you go with the kids, think about how that would affect your job prospects coming into next year. The organization is not going to keep you, so do you look out for yourself? If you go with the vets, think about how you were so adamant on Jennry Mejia staying here and earning experience. Not that you really care how hypocritical you are but how does it look that you were putting your job on the line for Mejia to stay here and justify Fernando Martinez sitting on the bench?
I am in no way a Jerry supporter and I wish him well with another organization. I know what I would do as a FAN of this organization because I will be back here next year, what would you do if you werent? Thats the Jerry Dilema…thoughts?