I’ll tell you one thing, even though I am still reveling in the misery of both Yankees and Phillies fans – I am getting quite impatient with the Mets slow moving process of hiring their next GM. Trust me I know that by taking their time they will hopefully select the best candidate for the job whether it is Sandy Alderson or Josh Byrnes, it is just I am getting tired of reading the same post mortems on the Yankees season . Who would think that they would get this much press after a ” disappointing season” (sarcasm)?
If I had the ear of Fred or Jeff – even Uncle Saul I would persuade them to jump on Alderson. I feel that the man is overqualified for the job which is a good thing. I would rather hire the man who is always the smartest person in the room than a guy who is the equal to my opposition. In the case of Josh Byrnes he strikes me more of a corporate yes man. Word was leaked out yesterday that the Diamondbacks ownership went behind Byrnes’ back and signed Eic Byrnes to that horrendous contract extension which strikes me that Byrnes might not have a high level of autonomy if he gets the Mets GM position. The other thing that I am wary about is the fact that Byrnes is still owed money on his Diamondback contract, and that the Mets would only have to pay him a small portion while Arizona picks up the rest of his salary. I hate to be cynical but if the Mets do hire Byrnes I feel that their motivation will be more financial than that he’s the best option for the job.
Today Aldersonwill meet with Mets ownership for his second round of interviews. I hope that he has a plan ready to implement , and will wow Fred and Saul . Maybe Bud Selig will put a call in afterwards to prod Fred and Jeff to gently twist their arms and give Sandy the job. If he does it will be the best thing he has ever done as the commishoner of baseball.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Today would have been the 74th birthday of original Mets infielder, Elio Chacon (1936) .
Middle reliever from the ’02-’03 teams, Jaime Cerda is 32 today (1978) .
Sadly on this date, two members of the Mets family had passed away. Mets General Manager from ’70-’74, Bob Scheffing in 1985 and relief pitcher from the ’67 team, Bill Graham in 2006.
New York Mets traded reliever,Dwight Bernard to the Milwaukee Brewers for pitcher, Mark Bomback on October 26, 1979.
New York Mets traded pitcher, Wally Whitehurst, outfielder, D. J. Dozier and and catcher, Raul Casanova to the San Diego Padres for shortstop,Tony Fernandez on October 26, 1992.Fernandez was one of the premier shortstops of that era. Too bad he hated being a Met and just like Richie Hebner, he played like it .He would be traded later that season to the Blue Jays for washed up outfielder Darrin Jackson.
Second baseman, Carlos Baerga granted free agency on October 26, 1998.
Mo Vaughn wishes that Grace Jones would do the Watusi on his back in stiletto heels !!!