You know , last night I was giving great thought to the musings of General Jerry Manuel and to be quite honest if he is off his rocker. You see I work for a heavy metal band that is currently in hibernation right now called Shango, and they have a song called " Head
". The song starts out with the bassist/ singer Tony proclaiming " I have little men - and they are running around inside my head !"
The song is about being indecisive, I feel the same can be said of Jerry and his lack of cohesive managing style . We saw last year how if you fell into disfavor with his ( see Ryan Church, Ramon Castro)
who were banished from the team. If you were a rookie that he was less than enamored with - see Nick Evans and Daniel Murphy (to a smaller extent
) being buried late in the season when the games meant nothing and could have gotten much needed experience were usurped by the likes of Cory Sullivan and Fernando Tatis because in his own admission was " playing for his job
", then knowing if this team is on the line wouldn't you be kind of leery about his infatuation with Jennry Mejia that is bordering on obsession ? It is well known that I am dead set against Mejia starting the season with the Mets. I feel he would be doing Mejia a disservice if he rushed him up before he has mastered AA or even AAA hitters. I feel that it is possible that Ike Davis is showing enough to make the team out of camp based on the poor springs that Murphy and Mike Jacobs are having, and I do believe that Tejada might be the best stop gap short stop until Jose Reyes comes back ( although Alex Cintron is tearing the cover off the ball at AAA Buffalo
) . But I just have a feeling that Jerry is feeling the pressure and he is willing to gamble with both Mejia's arm and psyche in order to keep his job. But you have to ask yourself this question if Mejia does come north and he suffers control problems and gets rocked, Do you think he will lose his confidence if faced with demotion joining the littered highway of failed Mets pitching prospects ? Or will he have enough mental toughness to pick himself up , dust himself off and become the pitcher that has been advertised as the second coming of Dwight Gooden? Note to Jerry Jerry if you fail it will not only be your job - you will always be known as a loose cannon who sacrificed a prodigy just to save your ass ! " Use your head Jerry !!!"
And with that said ..... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Happy Birthday Tommy Davis !!(1939) Tommy was a all-star outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers, before being traded to the Mets in '67. In his lone year with the Mets he raked , hitting .302 with 16 homers and 73 r.b.i's. He was unhappy being on a losing team so the Mets granted his trade request, sending him to the Chicago White Sox for future Mets legends Tommie Agee and shortstop Al Weiss
(I do believe the Mets go the better part of that deal
).Happy Birthday wishes go out to the pride of the Brooklyn Marlboro Houses - shortstop Shawon Dunston (1963) Shawn is widely known as a Chicago Cub, but in '99 he was traded to the Mets during their pennant push, and he helped propel the Mets with a .344 batting average . Unfortunately he cooled off in the NLCS as the Mets lost to the Atlanta Brave.
New York Mets traded utility man , Bill Almon to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitching prospects Shawn Barton and Vladimir Perez on March 21, 1988.And don't forget while you are watching March Madness today - There are just 15 Carlos Beltran days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.