Browsing Archive June, 2010

Darryl to Wally: No Comparison

In an article written last week in The Record, Bob Klapisch suggests that the makeup of the current Mets team would not respond well to the “old school” style of Wally Backman.

Specifically:

Today’s major-leaguers are athletic specimens, not to mention brighter, better educated and more socially enlightened than their predecessors. But that’s not to say they’re tougher or more competitive. Bay and Francoeur are two of the nicest guys around, but they would’ve never survived in the Strawberry-Keith Hernandez-Lenny Dykstra clubhouse 25 years ago.

That’s a point worth remembering when the Mets go hunting for a new manager this winter. Among the many candidates they’ll consider is Wally Backman, who, like Strawberry, is as old school and un-nuanced as they come. While that’s made him a terrific manager at the minor league level, the decidedly un-PC mentality has cost him job after job.

Jeff Wilpon is taking a gamble by installing Backman at Class-A Brooklyn, but it’s worth a shot. Wilpon, in fact, told Backman over the winter that he’ll someday manage the Mets – if he can stay out of trouble.

Backman swears he’s conquered his demons, including alcohol, but it’s his temper that’ll really be the deciding factor. The real question is whether Backman can speak the language of today’s ballplayer: can he motivate the Bays and Francoeurs of the world without trampling on their egos?

There are few problems with this series of paragraphs, and the article in whole.

First of all, the

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Link the Mets, Link the Mets… Tuesday Morning Edition

So… last night’s game didn’t turn into the pitcher’s duel that I kind of hinted at in yesterday’s Open Thread. Well, get ready for my next prediction… I predict it’s time for Mets links:

Brooklyn Met Fan – Adam Salazaar is trying to put a positive spin on last night’s record-setting 18-6 loss to the Padres at Petco Park. TO THE PADRES! AT PETCO!

ESPN New York – Adam Rubin has an in-depth look at Olliegate, Alex Cora, and the upcoming draft.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper hands out his own personal Player of the Month award for the month of May. And the winner is…

The Daily Stache – Matt Esposito looks at the options the Mets will have on draft day.

Amazin’ Avenue – Regardless of what you think of Jerry Manuel, you will get a good laugh out of “Jerryball: The Art of Giving Away a Game.”

And if you caught the Senior Professional Baseball Association over the weekend (click here), then you might wanna check out this CNN report from the league’s Opening Day:

Note to kids: That ATM-looking machine behind the reporter in the last shot is what humanity loosely referred to as “personal computers” in 1989. No joke.

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Mets Game 52: Loss to Padres

Padres 18 Mets 6

You know things aren’t going well when Oliver Perez’s presence on the mound is a sight for sore eyes.

But that in fact was the case, after watching Hisanori Takahashi allow 6 runs in 4 innings, Raul Valdes allow 4 runs (half of which came on bases-loaded walks) without registering an out, and Ryota Igarashi give up 6 runs in 1/3 of an inning.

That’s right — Takahashi, Valdes, and Igarashi all shat the bed. Meantime, a pumpkin waited in the Petco Park parking lot to take the three of them home.

Game Notes

The only positive to be taken away is that the Mets offense scored 6 runs against a team that has pitched very well this season.

Oh, wait, there’s another: the Mets turned four double plays. Funny, I don’t remember any of them.

To put this embarrassing laugher in perspective: coming into the contest, the Padres were averaging 4 runs per game — and were 24th in MLB in runs scored (204 in 50 games). Did that not hit home? OK, consider that Nick Hundley and Chris Denorfia bat 5th and 6th in the lineup.

Next Mets Game

Mets and Padres face each other again at 10:05 PM EST on Tuesday night. Mike Pelfrey faces Wade LeBlanc.

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