Good Morning my fellow Mets fans .While we were sleeping Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com has reported that the Mets have hired Boston Red Sox coach as Jerry Manuel's new bench coach. Jauss has also coached for the Baltimore Orioles as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has no managerial experience which leads me to believe one of two things.1. This hiring was made to take pressure off of Jerry Manuel , so he can focus on managing the team
.or....2. It paves the way for Wally Backman to make a quick ascension as Mets Manager should Jerry be fired
And now it is time for your steaming plate of INFAMY
!!!Happy Birthday to one of the original members of that Amazin '62 Mets pitching staff -Jay Hook (1936) Jay went 8 -19 with a E.R.A OF 4.99 that season.Unsung reliever of the '69 World Championship team - Cal Koonce would have been 69 (1940) .The spark plug for the '77- '80 teams - Steve " HENDU
" Henderson IS 57 (1952) . Many old time Mets fans will remember Steve as being one of the players who were acquired in the Tom Seaver " Midnight Massacre
" deal, but very few remember that he was the runner up to Andre Dawson in the 1977 Rookie of the Year Award voting." Good Citizen"
, and now former Met - Gary Sheffield is 41 today (1968) .long reliever for the '99 team - Allen Watson is 39 (1970) .One of the "solutions" to the '08 bullpen - Matt Wise is 34 today (1975) . Matt pitched a handful of games early on in that season before succumbing to elbow problems. Needless to say he was never seen in a Mets uniform ever again
.Sadly on this date in 1995 , infielder from the mid '60's Mets teams ,Charlie Neal passed away.The New York Mets traded outfielder Pat Howell to the Minnesota Twins for reserve player, Darren Reed on November 18, 1992.New York Mets traded power hitting ( when he actually could make contact
) outfielder Jeromy Burnitz and Joe Roa to the Cleveland Indians for pitchers Dave Mlicki, Paul Byrd, Jerry Dipoto and Jesus Azuaje on November 18, 1994.Arizona Diamondbacks drafted former Mets pitcher - the late Cory Lidle on November 18, 1997.Today also marks one of Omar's best under the radar moves when he traded Mike Cameron to the San Diego Padres for Xavier Nady on November 18, 2005.Washington Nationals signed pinch hitting specialist Marlon Anderson of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 18, 2005. Why we gave him a two year contract in '08 still baffles me !
Atlanta Braves signed Tom Glavine of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 18, 2007. and Mets fans everywhere were not " devastated
"And Finally just remember - there are only 138 days until the Mets open the 2010 season against Florida Marlins at Citi Field.