Mets Managerial Search Foreshadows Decision Making

New York Mets new general manager Sandy Alderson responds to a reporter's question as the MLB National League Mets introduce him at a news conference in New York, October 29, 2010. Long-time baseball executive Alderson, 62, succeeds Omar Minaya, who was fired earlier this month along with manager Jerry Manuel after the team's second consecutive losing season.  REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL) made by upper management are their decisions to make with good reason. The opinions of sports talk gurus are only slightly more knowledgeable than the “Average Joe” getting bagels at the deli. The media covering the Mets poke blindly at who is the “obvious” or “necessary” pick for manager. The finalists for the Mets managerial job should tell the media and fans one thing “back off”. The new front office has an idea of what they want to do and they’re not going to be bullied by the masses who have little to no expertise on the subject matter.

Bobby Valentine has been left off the list and Wally Backman is looking destined for Single A. In the past I have lobbied for Backman, but I have to admit I just like my managers to be more Earl Weaver than Joe Torre. I like the Lou Pinella types who throw a tirade. I even like when players pull a Paul LoDuca and get in A-Rod’s face after a second too long pose down following a homer. In these situations, it’s best to see Alderson conducting his interviews without input from fans and the media know-it-alls.

Truth be told, the outcry from New Yorkers over unpopular decisions needs to be ignored continuously. Don’t pretend you weren’t looking for a tall building to scale after R.A. Dickey was signed.

In his short time here I have admired Sandy’s honest nature. What fan wants to hear the payroll isn’t going up? It is however what we needed to hear. Expensive impulse buys can set a franchise back years. Sometimes not spending the money on a player is the best possible move. Imagine if Omar Minaya decided to spend on Jason Marquis to patch up a rotation hole.

I’m guilty in wanting Bobby V.  or Wally and reliving some better days. I’d love to watch Wally inspire fans by throwing equipment on the field. I’d love to laugh as Bobby reappeared in the dugout as Groucho Marx following an ejection. These desires are only surface deep. The core of what we want is a winner.

When Bobby won here he was a charismatic genius, and when he lost he was “pissing off players”. Willie Randolph was the quiet storm who had players falling in line, then he became over bearing and uptight. Jerry Manuel relaxed players than he was too relaxed.

You can never guarantee a winner but you can provide a clear vision. You can show steady decision making in the face of an overwhelming media storm. Sandy has showed thus far appeasing fans will not be included in the agenda. We can only hope this trend continues in the face of inevitable adversity.

Author: Dave Doyle

Frequently disappointed Mets fan

4 thoughts on “Mets Managerial Search Foreshadows Decision Making”

  1. That might work if we were told not to care about what the Royals were doing, but not when we, the fans, are expected to literally buy in, in 2011. The fan base is the market whether it is in the seats at Citi or buying Met products and watching SNY . This 3 headed GM has failed a number of times on there own. If managers don't matter, give us Backman. If managers are automatons, then I'm, not buying in at all. That is what the 3 headed GM should know if they are choosing between Bitter Collins and the Vanilla Melvin. This is not Seattle, most NY fans think the manager is part of the team, otherwise put a suit and straw hat on Riccardi and put him in the dugout. Wally played 14 years in the major leagues has a ton on minor league experience and was MLB ready in 2004, pretending he is working his way back through A ball is absurd. Do you really think the Wilpons put him in Brooklyn, in their backyard for that reason?


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