Recently I have felt as if I have been the lone voice in the wilderness about Howard Johnson. While much of the Mets fan base has howled , moaned and screamed for his ouster, I have tried to be even keeled and keep everything in perspective. Has Howard Johnson been a good hitting coach? I think that we all know that he isn’t – but he was not originally brought up here in that capacity. Many people have forgotten that HoJo was originally the first base coach for the Mets in ’05 for the Willie Randolph regime. HoJo became the Mets hitting coach in the middle of the ’07 season after the Mets fired the previous coach, Rick Down, to motivate a limp Mets lineup. But I agree that he shouldn’t be here as the hitting instructor.I feel that that is the capacity that he should be in right now instead of Razor Shines. I give HoJo a ton of respect for calling out the Mets hitters the other night after that “pitiful” ( as General Jerry correctly put it) performance on Thursday night. Lets face it if all accounts are true and Mets players were more concerned with playing cards that trying to win ball games – well in my opinion that’s a sure sign that Jerry Manuel has lost control of this team and should be sent packing immediately ! but I am not the general manager and I am sure not the owners of this team to make that decision, but if there are ( and I am sure as hell there will) mass firings at seasons end I hope that ownership will take into consideration that HoJo had the guts to supersede his manager to try to jump start this team again – no matter how futile the end result might be. Hojo deserves to stay with the organization – if not with the main team then maybe as a roving instructor or a scout. He doesn’t deserve to have his head on the chopping block. He deserves a hell of more respect than he has been given.
” Give HoJo credit – at least he cares !!”
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Celebrating Birthdays today are:
My favorite Mets scrub pitcher from ’79-’80, Ray Burris (1950) .
Back up catcher from the ’74 team, Ike Hampton is 59 (1951) .
One time star outfielder whose skills had greatly eroded by the time he was traded to the Mets for Tony Fernandez, Darrin Jackson is 47 (1963) .
Speaking of Ike Hampton, It was 40 years ago today that the New York Mets signed him as a free agent.
New York Mets sold their one time highly touted first base prospect, Jorge Toca to the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 22, 2003.
New York Mets traded minor league pitcher,Evan MacLane to the Arizona Diamondbacks for ” The Hebrew Hammer” Shawn Green on August 22, 2006.
Just wondering – does Mo Vaughn wear boxers or briefs ?