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.
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.
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.
This reminds me of Jerry Manuel tonight against the Reds. Also, I REALLY hope this guy replaces Bobby Cox in Atlanta.