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Random Act of Managing: Josh Thole at First Base?

The Mets have a good, young, left-handed hitting first baseman named Ike Davis. So why would they even consider this? Manuel also floated the concept of letting Thole work out at first base while he’s at the major league level, although the manager changed his statement mid-sentence and made it seem that Thole would work […]

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Quote of the Day: Jerry on Batting Bay in the Two-Hole

Or I could go, if Reyes is starting, I could go… I might… I could go, Reyes-Bay, uh, 1-2… Yeah I could do that, I could do that. -Jerry Manuel with WFAN’s Joe Beningo and Evan Roberts (7/15/10)

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Late April Fools Joke

Kevin Burkhardt and Matt Cerrone are three days late with their April Fools Joke; below is what is posted on MetsBlog as the Mets’ Opening Day starting lineup: 1. SS Alex Cora 2. 2B Luis Castillo 3. 3B David Wright 4. 1B Mike Jacobs 5. LF Jason Bay 6. CF Gary Matthews Jr. 7. RF […]

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Manuel Will Focus on Pitching and Defense

Pitchers and catchers have yet to report, yet we’re already being treated to “Manuel Being Manuel”. A few weeks ago on MetsBlog, it was reported that Jerry Manuel will be focusing on pitching and defense this year: “Pitching and defense, that’s going to be the game plan. We spent a lot of time last spring […]

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Talk Is Cheap

I had hoped to shelve the “Manuel Being Manuel” category until at least spring training. Unfortunately, everyone’s favorite zen master couldn’t contain himself through the winter months. Jerry Manuel spoke with reporters in Indianapolis today, and Brian Costa provides the “highlights” of the conversation. Among them: – Manuel claims

09-10 Offseason, Manuel Being Manuel

Manuel Mystery Tour

Matthew Artus of Always Amazin called the Mets’ multiple press appearances a “curious epilogue to 2009” and included a graphic resembling the cover from the old Beatles’ album “Magical Mystery Tour”. Fitting, and well done, Mr. Artus. (Kids, an “album” was what music was once played on, and “The Beatles” were a popular rock band […]

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Manuel On Auditions: FAIL!

With the late season auditions almost over, Jerry Manuel has proclaimed failure. We don’t know who Jerry is referring to specifically when he talks about the players who have “had a good shot … but … haven’t taken advantage of it”, but we can guess. Among those who have been given opportunities (or expanded roles) […]

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More Slick Talk from Manuel

For our latest edition of “Manuel Being Manuel”, we have this from Jerry Manuel, stated in an interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN:

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Evaluating the Mets Pitching Staff

In David Lennon’s article on the “housecleaning” of the Mets, the poor performance of the pitching staff — and Dan Warthen’s responsiblity for it — was explained away by the injuries (funny, seems that EVERYTHING that’s gone wrong for the Mets this year is being blamed on the injuries). Manager Jerry Manuel “I just think […]

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Setting Up the Excuse File

The 2009 season hasn’t yet ended, but already Mets manager Jerry Manuel is setting up excuses for the 2010 season. In our latest installment of “Manuel Being Manuel”, we have this gem from The Star-Ledger, in response to whether he was feeling the pressure of possibly being fired: “I know how this particular situation works,” […]

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David Wright was NOT Disciplined

Despite at least one newspaper article to the contrary, David Wright was NOT BENCHED for disciplinary reasons on Sunday afternoon. I’ll state it again, so that it is perfectly clear: the fact that David Wright stopped running about 15-20 feet before reaching home plate on Jeff Francoeur’s two-out single on Saturday had absolutely nothing to […]

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David Wright is Unorthodox?

At first I thought this was the reason Wright played on the high holy day of Yom Kippur. Then I realized I had read the quote too quickly, and also realized Wright isn’t Jewish (though he and many Mets had plenty to atone for). Jerry Manuel had this to say about David Wright’s problems at […]

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Manuel Perpetuates Blame Game

Ah, now it’s all clear. Perhaps I was too harsh on Frankie Rodriguez, Johan Santana, and Carlos Beltran. By blaming others, finger-pointing, and driving the bus over their teammates, they were merely carrying out the ethos set in place by their field general. Because yet again, Jerry Manuel does his own finger-pointing to explain the […]

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Different Animals

Back in May, before the entire Mets roster went on the disabled list, there were many “stars” in the lineup but only a handful of “gamers” — the type of players who went all-out, all the time, regardless of the score, the opponent, or the condition of their body. One of those players was Ryan […]

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Jerry Manuel Likes Citi Field

After last night’s ballgame, and during the postgame show on SNY, Mets manager Jerry Manuel was asked how Citi Field “played”, and whether he thought the expansive park was “fair”. Jerry’s response: “I like the park …. I like it …. I like the park … I like the way the park plays … I […]

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