On Murphy at First

manuel-ghandi-smIn today’s installment of “Manuel Being Manuel”, the effervescent manager of the Mets expressed his official support of the decision to position Danny Murphy at first base:

“I’m scared to death,” Manuel said. “If he can’t catch it out there, how’s he going to catch it in here?”

(Source: The Star-Ledger / NJ.com)

Nothing like knowing your manager has faith in you!

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  1. wohjr May 21, 2009 at 9:11 am
    Sorry to jack your thread here Joe-

    Big article about our old friend Bobby V in the Times today. Seems Chiba Lotte isn’t renewing his contract… just in time for a triumphant return to Queens?

    Murph’s going to be so relieved to be back in the infield, I predict he’ll be fine

  2. Walnutz15 May 21, 2009 at 9:27 am
    LOL — can’t say that I don’t feel the same way about Murph at 1st.

    I think it’ll be better, but by no means am I expecting him to take to it like a fish to water.

    Like everything else, there will be growing pains.

    As we know full-well, the mental game of baseball is what gets you a majority of the time.

    I just hope he gets to a comfortable place, that allows him to focus in the batter’s box……that’s really what he’s here for, after all.

  3. joe May 21, 2009 at 9:51 am
    wohjr – is that really news? I thought the the non-renewal has been known about for a while. Either I’m having a deja vu or it’s a story being re-introduced because it’s finally relevant with Manuel on the hot seat.
  4. mic May 21, 2009 at 10:48 am
    1. as matt Cerrone and Isuzu point out the Dodgers ARE the best team in baseball right now…we just played them in LA where they are 17-3 WITHOUT Cora, reyes, delgado…and dare i say Dr Ollie (vs Mr Ollie Hyde). We scored 6 runs total left 300 on base…yet were in every game…in fact gave them the first and last games.

    2. I like the cintron idea.

    3. Danny did great yesterday…..but his BAT was the culprit yesterday his 7 men left on base was the deciding factor. No doubt he will be OK tho. Interesting that his 1st base experiment;
    – a. makes him even more appealing in trade
    – b. opens another avenue for F-mart who has 7HR, a 280avg/340OBP/-800SLG at AAA…..in fact HE IS their offense.

  5. wohjr May 21, 2009 at 7:42 pm
    Joe-

    Its news to me, especially his devoted following over there, but I’ll defer to you