Sports Illustrated baseball writer Jon Heyman reports that if the Mets do make a change at manager this season that bench coach Jerry Manuel is likely to become the interim manager.
Manuel was the 2000 AL Manager of the Year while with the Chicago White Sox and has a career record of 500-471 .515 win percentage. He manager from 1998-2003 in Chicago.
That would be a good decision if they make the move during the season. It would minimize the disruption to the team and give the front office a chance to work on a long term strategy. If Manuel has a major success, then he stays. If not, then the Mets move on to other candidates that make a fresh start during spring training next year.
Manuel’s experience with the team would allow some continuity while driving home the message that mediocrity won’t be tolerated. Changes will be made.
Oliver Perez was his usual self tonight, wild at times and brilliant at others. He went 7.1 innings for his longest outing of the year. He only gave up three hits, two walks, two hit batsmen, and had four strikeouts. This was the type of outing that the Mets have been waiting for from Perez this season.
Ryan Church and Jose Reyes homered. For Reyes it was his second straight game with a home run. Moises Alou chipped in with a 1 for 3 night with 3 RBI’s. Carlos Delgado hit a homer off the left field foul pole that was originally called a home run and then overturned by the umpires. Replays showed that it should’ve been a home run, and Jerry Manuel was thrown out of the game for arguing from the dugout.
The Mets get a two-game sweep of the Yankees which may be a springboard for their upcoming road trip to Atlanta and Colorado.
Lately there’s been a lot of chat on sports radio, the blogs, mainstream media, and reader comments here about Willie Randolph’s future with the Mets. Much of the talks has centered around Willie’s tenure coming to an end in the near future. That may be the case but it shouldn’t happen in May.
The Mets should wait and see where the Mets are at the end of May. It’s too early to pull the plug on him now. If the Mets had to make a decision today, my suggestion would be to let him go and move on.
The Mets current performance is well below where they should be if you look at the talent they have. The teams in the National League with worse winning percentages to this point are: Washington, Houston. Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Colorado, San Francisco, San Diego. There are some pretty bad teams in that group. Continue reading “Three More Weeks For Willie Randolph”