Mets Introduce Terry Collins

New York Mets manager Terry Collins shakes hands with Mets owner Fred Wilpon (L) after being introduced as the Mets' new manager at a news conference at Citi Field in New York, November 23, 2010. Looking on is Mets' co-owner Jeff Wilpon (R) and Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson (2nd L). REUTERS/Mike Segar  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL) Mets had their press conference for Terry Collins this morning. Dave Howard and Sandy Alderson had very brief introductions followed by some comments by Collins and questions from the media.

You can hear the full press conference here.

The overriding theme of Collins’ comments was that he wants his players to have attention to detail and “play the game the right way”. To me, that’s code for playing disciplined, old school baseball. We’ll see how well that flies with a high-priced, veteran team. It may work for teenagers and guys trying to make the leap from double or triple-A to the big’s, but I have a feeling he’s going to get a different reaction from guys that joined the Mets as high-priced free agents.

It’s also interesting to note that Collins is working on a two year contract with a club option for a third year. Clearly, the Mets learned from their mistakes with Art Howe and Willie Randolph not to get locked into long term deals for managers.

After the press conference Alderson and Collins made the rounds to all the local media outlets. Here are some audio samples for you.

ESPN- Collins with Michael Kay

ESPN- Alderson with Michael Kay

WFAN- Collins with Francesa

WFAN- Alderson with Francesa

Audio: Mets’ Alderson on WFAN

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Here’s the audio from Sandy Alderson’s first appearance with Mike Francesa. It’s a long audio clip, about 42 minutes. But Francesa does a good job of getting to the relevant points that you’d want to hear about.

Francesa, of course, talks to Alderson about the current roster and the medical situation. But he also gets into his Oakland days and gets a denial from Alderson that he knew about steroids on those teams.

I take from the audio that Alderson is an intelligent, well spoken guy and that inspires confidence that he’s got the brains to do a good job. You never know how things will work out but I’m hopeful.

You should definitely check out the audio here.

Mets Fire Manuel, Minaya – New Era Dawns

New York Mets newly appointed Manager Jerry Manuel (R) is introduced to reporters by Mets General manager Omar Minaya during a news conference in Anaheim, California, in this June 17, 2008 file photograph. The New York Mets fired Manuel and Minaya on October 4, 2010, just one day after the Major League Baseball regular season ended. Manuel and Minaya paid the price after the Mets stumbled to a second consecutive losing season (79-83) and failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight year, despite having one of the league's biggest payrolls. REUTERS/Hector Mata (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL) expected, the Mets fired Omar Minaya and declined to pick up the option on Jerry Manuel’s contract for next season. It was a decisive move, only one day after the end of another disappointing season.

Apparently, Minaya was offered another job with the Mets but declined. It was a reign of mostly unsuccessful seasons. He had six years at the helm of one of the monster payrolls of Major League Baseball with only one playoff appearance to show for it. Declining attendance and fan interest have been rampant since the end of the 2007 “Collapse”.

Manuel didn’t do a poor job but he didn’t do a great job either. He just didn’t inspire the players to do more than we thought they were capable of. I don’t blame the decline of the team on him but it wouldn’t be fair to saddle a new GM with a manager that he doesn’t want.

There’s been a lot of talk about the Wilpons trying to run the baseball operations of the team. Of course, it’s tough to get an accurate gauge on that without being in a room with them. Usually, when there’s smoke there’s fire though.

A new era begins for the Mets and I think we’re all ready to move on from the last few painful seasons. No matter which direction the Wilpons go, we should have some optimism for the future of the team.

Video: Oliver Perez on Aug. 30, 2010 Appearance

New York Mets starting pitcher Oliver Perez reacts after being pulled from the game in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field in New York City on May 9, 2010. UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom night Oliver Perez actually pitched an inning in a game. He allowed 1 run on 1 hit and 2 walks including a solo homer to Brian McCann on his second pitch of the inning. It was his first appearance since Aug. 1. At that rate, Perez is earning $1 million per appearance in the month of August. His ERA in August is a hefty 15.00.

Perez has only been in 15 games this year and started 7. It’s been one of the ugliest seasons for a pitcher that I can remember.

By the way, if you search on Facebook for Oliver Perez you’ll find some great pages. There are pages like: “Oliver Perez Sucks!”, “I’d pay the Mets $10 to get rid of Oliver Perez”, and “I hate to even look @ Oliver Perez”.

ESPN caught up with Perez in the locker room last night after the game. Check out the video below of what he had to say. He’s working hard in the bullpen…

Video: Jason Bay Talks Return to Mets

New York Mets Jason Bay (R) is congratulated by teammate Jeff Francoeur after scoring a run against the San Francisco Giants during the 10th inning of their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco, California July 18, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL) night Jason Bay was at Citi Field talking to reporters before the game against the Astros. He’s been out for about five weeks with concussion symptoms from his wild catch into the wall in Los Angeles more than a month ago.

Bay has finally been cleared to start working out and he’s hoping to play again this season. But it doesn’t seem possible that he could start working out, then start baseball activities, and then play in rehab games before the end of the season.

Check out the video from ESPN below of Bay talking about his symptoms and trying to come back.

Video: Mets’ Chris Carter on Big Night in Pittsburgh

July 22, 2010 Los Angeles, CA..New York Mets Chris Carter  at bat in action during the Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium July 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California..The Dodgers defeat the Mets 2-0.Louis Lopez/CSM. was good to the see “The Animal” Chris Carter have a big night last night in Pittsburgh hitting in the cleanup spot. He was 2 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI’s. He reminds me a lot of “Super” Joe McEwing. They’re those guys that you don’t necessarily want to see in the lineup everyday, but when they play they make things happen. And they’re easy to like and root for.

I’ll be shocked if Carter isn’t batting cleanup again tonight after the Mets 7 run outburst last night. Jerry Manuel might have finally found the right mix to score some runs. Too bad it took 122 games into the season to find it.

Here’s some post-game video from Carter last night in Pittsburgh:

Video: Mets’ Fernando Martinez on Call Up

Here’s some video from ESPN with Fernando Martinez being called up to the Mets to replace Jesus Feliciano on the Major League roster. He talks about  getting scratched from the Triple-A Buffalo lineup on Friday but not being told what was happening. He didn’t know if he was being traded or called up to the Mets.