Willie Watch: Keith Said Yes?????

Francesca says that Keith told him that he’d manage the Mets if asked. Wow. I never thought he’d ever say yes. We all know from the 80s that Keith is a leader, and knew pitchers – he’s a fan fave, was the captain, and has baseball smarts. They should consider asking.

Speaking of Keith – he and the boys have a new website

And I made some tweaks to make this thing load faster. Sorry for the slow loads. So the fun countdown to the hypothetical press conference is gone, and I close the poll. Final results of “If not Willie…who?” poll with original Keith won’t do it phrasing.

Lee Mazzilli 28 (38%)

Wally Backman 18 (24%)

Jerry Manuel 4 (5%)

Keith Hernandez (who won’t do it) 7 (9%)

Somebody Else 16 (21%)

Wow – Someone Else Doesn’t Like Pedro

Again, I hope Pedro’s father gets healthy and lives a long long time.

However, I think he’s representative of all the things that made this franchise lose its way (even while going to a World Series) in the 1990s – you can read the post in the Archives (short version “Please welcome back our old friend…..Mike Hampton!”)

So I’m mighty surprised to see that Adam Rubin understands me.

…there’s clearly a different set of rules if Minaya has your back. I’m sure Chris Correnti, Martinez’s trainer, is a wonderful guy. He was even placed on the Mets’ payroll and given full clubhouse access this year. Of course, the second Martinez went away, so did Correnti, which tells you all you need to know about whether he was a team trainer or one player’s.

Bottom line: Martinez has made six starts since Opening Day 2007. And he’s made a grand total of 60 starts in four years as a Met. While his record is 27-17 as a Met, the team’s overall record in those games is 31-29. Players with equivalent number of wins to Martinez during his four years as a Met: Josh Fogg (28 wins), Esteban Loaiza (27) and Kyle Lohse (26).

Marchman in The Sun

Some good rips in here from Tim Marchman, who is always entertaining, but he writes for The Sun which actually now has fewer readers than the Mets Police.

There was a brief time in which it seemed as if the Mets, with several of the best young players in baseball, a new television network, Citi Field on the rise, and shrewd, even-keeled management, could not possibly botch things up. There was also a brief time in which it seemed that Gregg Jefferies would join Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden in leading the Mets on a thousand-year reign of terror. In one case as the other, the natural order asserted itself, and the franchise continued its long history of agonizing farce.
The worst thing about all this, of course, is that the team isn’t even entertainingly dreadful, as the Jeff Torborg/Dallas Green Mets were, but rather relentlessly dreary, along the lines of Art Howe’s clubs. If the Mets are doomed to follow a cyclical pattern of tantalizing success followed by miserable under-performance, as they have as long as I’ve been alive, the least they can do in the down years is be truly wretched. Luis Castillo and musings on SNY’s camerawork are a long, long way from Anthony Young and threats to show reporters the Bronx. This team isn’t even any good at being bad.
Great read here for those of you that don’t subscribe to the New York Sun.


Runs and home runs in the AL have sunk to their lowest levels since 1992, the year before expansion helped trigger the greatest slugging boom the game has ever seen.
Hmmm I wonder what could have changed, that all the great baseball players of all time played between 1995 and the Mitchell Report. What a glorious age we lived in.

After Willie – Should There Be An Omar Watch?

Willie is done in New York, at this point it’s not if but when. The problems with this team go beyond the manager though.

Are the Mets underperforming? Definitely

However, are they a well put-together team? That is the responsibility of the GM and given the lack of depth both on the bench and in the pen, Omar has not done a good job.

John Peterson over at MetsGeek puts together a good analysis of this team from, well, a geek viewpoint.

The Mets have been a little unlucky, but “luck is the residue of design,” and Omar Minaya hasn’t designed this team very well.

Consider the offense: Moises Alou is still a good hitter even in his forties, but it’s no secret to anyone that he misses lots of time to injury. But his backup options for Alou this year consists of Marlon Anderson, Endy Chavez, Angel Pagan and Brady Clark. Endy is the only one of the group who excels defensively, but his career 74 OPS+ is abysmal and not good enough to play for any length of time in the outfield. So the other guys are good hitters who make up for their poor gloves with the bat, right? No.”

Minaya has been overrated as a General Manager. The Johann Santana trade was a no-brainer. especially after Boston and the Yankees dropped out of the running (though questions now are coming up about Santana’s speed – seems to be off by about 5 mph). Other moves he has made though, especially the non-big name ones, when looked at with a critical eye are very questionable. Get ready for the Omar Watch.