Willie Watch – Carter Throws His Hat In The Ring

Seems every ex-Met wants a shot at managing them. Today Gary Carter – who is currently managing the Orange County Flyers in the Independent Golden League out in California – said he would love to manage the Mets and is available if they want him.

Interviewed on SIRIUS’ The Mike & Murray Show, Carter was not shy about it (what a shock):

“Boy, I’ll tell you what, I would love that, guys. When I saw that on ESPN today, Mike & Mike, they were talking about it and immediately I got on the phone and I called Jay Horowitz and I asked, ‘Should I try to call Mr. Wilpon?’ If there is this going on I just want them to know of my availability. I’m only a phone call away because my contract allows me to leave the ball club. I could be in New York tomorrow, if necessary, because if there’s anything at the major league level I can leave this job.”

I love Gary, but let’s be realistic about this. Carter managed the Port St’ Lucie Mets a few years back, and after a good year the organization asked him to move up to a higher level – he refused. For him it was either the major leagues or he was going home to California. He has never managed or coached at level higher than A. Backman has a better shot than he does.

>Willie Watch: Keith Said Yes?????

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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
http://www.garykeithandron.com/

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%)

Willie Watch – Omar in Denver

This is a completely unconfirmed report from another blog, but according to The ‘Ropolitans Mets GM Omar Minaya is on his way to Denver, where the Mets have a weekend series against the Rockies.

Could it be that if the team doesn’t bail Willie out with some W’s this weekend that our wish will finally be granted?

Get ready for that press conference on Monday.

Tick…..tick……tick

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
http://www.garykeithandron.com/

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

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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).