I meant to post this around the all-star break, but honestly I forgot about it.
In July, it clicked with me that Piazza will soon try to manage a big league club, hopefully the Mets. I got this impression in the 2009 world baseball classic when he managed team Italy. He wanted to manage a team and that was his first chance. Also, he has stayed very much in contact with MLB. He has been in the legends game every year and more significantly managed the futures game—in a Mets cap. Oh and remember what happened in this futures game? He brought in Mets prospect pitcher Matt Harvey to get the save. Furthermore, think about what type of players make the best managers. That’s right, catchers. All of this points to Piazza wanting to manage the a big league club preferably the Mets in the future.
Just as I had hoped for, multiple sources have reported that the Mets have decided to hire Terry Collins as manager. I feel that he is a manager with fire who all the players respect. On Hot Stove, Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy had nothing but praise when asked about Collins. I am very happy of Alderson’s choice.
Today it was announced that former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle was hired as the new Pirates manager. This makes Terry Collins my view as front-runner for the manager job. Mets need to hire quickly and then concentrate on free agents.
Living in Florida, I have seen non stop coverage of the Miami Heat. Lebron’s decision special will be played on TV’s most likely until he retires. The Mets have sort of developed their own “Big 3″ in the front office. They have assembled Sandy Alderson, J.P. Ricciardi, and Paul Depodesta to their new look front office. Now, they do not receive all the hype that the Heat receives because they are not players, however they are very similar. For Example, both of their goals are to win championships. Also, they were both lured from being the go-to guy with another organization. Sandy worked with the A’s, JP had a similar job option with Boston, and Paul was with San Diego. The similarities between Miami’s big 3 and the Mets big 3 are endless. Just hope they have more success than the current Miami Heat are.
With now one of the most dynamic front offices in all of baseball, the Mets essentially have 3 GMs all working to bring a world series to New York. The combination of Alderson, Ricciardi, and newest man Paul Depodesta looks bright to bring a winning culture to this team. They are missing one crucial aspect however, the manager. They have interviewed about 10-15 different guys to become manager, both internal and external. The favorites are believed to be Terry Collins, and Clint Hurdle. Shockingly, Bobby Valentine was not even interviewed for the position. The Mets are seeing all the possibilities for their manager and hopefully will pick a good one, I want a manager who the players will respect and who will also have a lot of fire behind them. Hopefully, this can be resolved soon so the Mets can concentrate more on free agents and trades.
J.P. Ricciardi has been hired by new GM Sandy Alderson as assistant GM. He is being reunited with Alderson after many years in Oakland. He is known for his talent evaluation, but will assist Alderson in all baseball related activity. Ricciardi was also offered a job to go to the Red Sox but chose the Mets instead. This means that he might have though we have a better shot to win sooner than the Sox.
I will no longer believe anything I hear about Bobby Valentine until I see a confirmed report of where he is going. First, he was the front-runner to manage the Marlins, now it’s Edwin Rodriguez. Then I heard the Mariners and that fell through. Finally, he was the frontrunner for the Brewers job and now they have hired a manager. Who else is left for his service? The Mets and maybe the Pirates. This could mean a bigger chance that Bobby V is back in a New York uniform.
Multiple reports have reported that Former A’s GM Sandy Alderson is set to be hired as the next GM of the Mets. Next, seems to come to the manager decision which is all up to Alderson. The announcement is said to be set to Friday and then, things can move on from there. Omar Minaya hasn’t decided whether or not he will be returning to the Mets in a lesser role.
The Wilpons unsurprisingly announced today that Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel will not be retained next season. I personally along with other Met fans love this move, not because Omar and Jerry did a bad job, but because they just needed change. Nothing from Jerry has been said yet, but Omar seemed like he completely understood and was classy about the whole thing. I wish the best for both gentlemen.