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Leave the Met's Jerry Manuel alone……..

Jerry Manuel knows his team's performance is a reflection of its manager, but the New York Mets should do the right thing and keep him at the helm.

[ Jerry Manuel knows his team’s performance is a reflection of its manager, but the New York Mets should do the right thing and keep him at the helm. ]

The Dog likes Jerry…and thinks if anyone should be hitting the dirt…it should be the General Managaer….Omar Minaya……

This from Mike Lupica over @ New York Daily News…..

This was the other morning in Port St. Lucie, a union meeting in the clubhouse just ending, the Mets ready to take the field, Ollie Perez ready to throw some hardball at a split-squad Tigers team. Jerry Manuel, who is worth rooting for as much as his team this season, has just been asked a question about Ike Davis, who is going to be some player at Citi Field someday, maybe sooner rather than later.

Manuel is in his office at Tradition Field, a baseball bat in his hands, smiling at the mention of Davis’ name. This is the oldest ceremony of baseball’s spring, old baseball heads like Manuel talking about kids like Ike Davis.

“A lot of these kids,” the manager says, “come up here from the minor leagues and they’ve got all this hip-hop to them. Ike’s not that way. Ike’s more like jazz. He comes here with an understanding of the flow of the game, and has clearly got some flow to his own game. Now it’s just a question of him finding the rhythm of the major leagues.”

This is the way Manuel talks and thinks, these are the sorts of connections he makes. By nature he is more secure than Willie Randolph, even with as little job security as Willie had at the beginning of 2008. He sure isn’t as hip-hop as Bobby Valentine, who is just outside Manuel’s office door, making a tour of spring training camps as an ESPN announcer now that he is back from Japan. Manuel knows who he is, doesn’t ever try to be someone he is not, never lets the media define him.

Another reason to root for him to bring his team back.

Randolph came within a game of the World Series, really came within one called third strike to Carlos Beltran. Maybe if the Mets had made that 2006 World Series – and won it against the Tigers – then they wouldn’t have first hit the skids in September of ’07.

But they did not make the World Series and didn’t make the playoffs the next year and Randolph was gone early in 2008 and Manuel was the manager.

Listen….. this really is the deal……

The manager is not the problem here. Still: Manuel knows he operates in a results business. So does general manager Omar Minaya, who picks the players and spends the money, despite the constant misinformation about who picks the players with the Mets. As much as ownership wants both of them to survive in 2010, and flourish – and that’s exactly what the Wilpon family wants – Manuel is smart enough to know that he has to hold everything together until he has Jose Reyes and Beltran playing every day.

A beauty of spring training is always its timelessness. But Manuel, a good, smart man, is smart enough to know people have a clock on him already, even with Beltran recovering from knee surgery and Reyes on the sidelines with his thyroid problems.

Manuel gives the bat a couple of taps on his office floor, as if for luck.

“My situation does not change the longevity of the season,” he says. “I won’t make any decisions in the short run that jeopardize the season. If I do, then the whole thing becomes more about me than it does what we’re trying to accomplish.”

A year ago, smart people picked the Mets to win the World Series. There are no such expectations this season. There are too many question marks, about Ollie Perez and John Maine and Mike Pelfrey and Jon Niese, about kids like Fernando Martinez and Jenrry Mejia and Davis. And about Reyes. And Beltran. And about the confidence and character of the Mets.

I told my son..I don’t care about all the BS that’s gonna go on till the summer…..

The team needs to be healthy so they can get through August……

They haven’t been able to do so for the last few years…

And that hurts us fans……

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March 17, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , , , ,

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