I was asked on numerous occasions last week who I thought would be hired as the next manager of the New York Mets . I thought long and hard because I had to think logically and not emotionally. I had said that if there was a gun pointed to my head with the trigger cocked I would confidently say Terry Collins. Turns out that I was right .
And you know what – I think that it was the right choice. Yes deep down I really wanted Wally just like the majority of the Mets fan base, but just like those Rolling Stones lyrics go -
” You can’t always get what you want. – But if you try sometime, you might just find – you get what you need !”
And you know what, Sandy Alderson made the right choice, Collins might be just what we need. Was he the most qualified man for the job ? The answer is no, but lets face the facts the two best candidates for the job – Bobby Valentine and Buck Showalter were not coming , Showalter because he has been hired by the Orioles and Valentine because – well because he’s Valentine and we all know that Bobby V has problems playing nice with others.
Of the final four candidates there were no slam dunks, they all had their pros and cons. Melvin has managed winning teams but he comes across as Art Howe’s smarter brother – hell they were both catchers during their major league careers ! Chip Hale is well respected but lacks the experience , and I have to admit my personal choice, Backman , has to once again prove that he can manage above rookie ball.
But the dice has been cast and the decision has been made – and I give Sandy alot of credit , Collins is his guy. He didn’t cave to the the wishes of our temper-tantrum prone fan base, and who knows maybe in twenty years he willwe be as reveared as Gil, Davey and Bobby V .
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Needless to say Mo Vaughn is already petitioning to have Terry Collins removed as Mets manager.
Current and past Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today are :
Our new fearless leader, Sandy Alderson is 63 (1947).
Rich Chiles, The man who was supposed to make us forget about Rusty Staub ( yeah right!) is 61 (1949) .
Reliever from the ’92 campaign, Lee Guetterman is 52 (1958) .
Middle reliver from ’87-’88, Gene Walter is 50 (1960) .
Mets center fielder from ’98-’02,Jay Payton is 38 (1972). He had such a strong arm and a hot bat – it is still amazing that he never reached his potential with the Mets.
Utility outfielder from the”06-”07 teams, Ricky Ledee is 37(1973) .
Baltimore Orioles signed pitcher, Sid Fernandez of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 22, 1993. I was very upset that the Mets let Sid go. He along with Dwight Gooden were the last remnants of the dominant Mets pitching staff from the ’80′s.
New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Mike Remlinger on November 22, 1993.
San Diego Padres claimed relief pitcher, Jason Middlebrook of the New York Mets on waivers on November 22, 2000.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays signed pitcher, Jason Roach of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 22, 2004.
And don’t forget , there are just 130 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 137 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.