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Mets Hire Bob Melvin

Who says the Mets aren’t active at the winter meetings? They just acquired another replacement for Jerry Manuel.

According to Joel Sherman and confirmed by David Lennon, the Mets have signed 2007 NL Manager of the Year Bob Melvin to be a Major League scout.

Interesting that both Melvin and Wally Backman are now employed by the same organization. Further interesting that Jerry Manuel has so many managerial candidates around him.

Is J.P. Ricciardi also on the Mets’ wish list, to help Wayne Krivsky keep Omar Minaya on his toes?

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Manuel Motivated – Minaya Next?

omar-minaya-profileSo far, the Mets are making good on their promise to overhaul the entire organization, from top to bottom.

It is no coincidence that a number of former managers — such as Bob Melvin and Eric Wedge — were considered for Jerry Manuel’s coaching staff, nor that at least two possible replacements for Manuel (Wally Backman, Terry Collins) have been hired for ancillary positions in the organization.

Such moves and considerations make it crystal clear that Manuel is on the hot seat, and will be under a magnifying glass from the beginning of spring training. Some might call it “motivation”.

But Manuel is not the only one on the hot seat — his boss Omar Minaya may be similarly “motivated”.

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Jauss In, Alomar Out

Stop the presses! The Mets have hired Dave Jauss as their bench coach for 2010!

I can envision people dancing in the streets upon hearing this extraordinary news.

Seriously, though, it’s an interesting choice. Clearly, Jauss is

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Blogosphere is Down On Jerry Manuel

It’s only been a few weeks, but most of the blogosphere is unhappy with the Mets’ decision to bring back Jerry Manuel as manager. Metstradamus is the most recent, asking Jerry, “What Have You Learned?

Similarly, Mike Steffanos of MikesMets does not approve of Jerry Manuel’s re-election.

Also on MikesMets, Barry Duchan posts his winter predictions for the Mets.

Andrew Vazzano has done a very quick rundown / analysis on the Mets’ pitching staff — in a format that would make Mick Jones and Joe Strummer proud.

Also a hat tip to TheRopolitans for this video of Oktoberfest at Citi Field (if only I’d known!):

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Deja Vu All Over Again

yogi-berraThis past Mets season was a failure, and the brass made several public appearances to apologize and explain it away, while also announcing the beginning of changes that were coming in the offseason.

Sound familiar?

As Yogi Berra said, “it’s deja vu all over again”.

Around this time last year, Jerry Manuel and his coaching staff were under evaluation. Click that link and read MetsToday’s take on the situation one year ago. In particular, note this comment:

By the way, Jerry Manuel has made a public statement regarding his goal to stress fundamentals with the ‘09 club.

If you dare, follow that link to the MLB.com article in which Manuel expounds on his plans for better fundamentals, “team over individual”, and “a more mature approach”.

The best-laid plans of mice and men …

And speaking of plans, you may want to go back to this post from October 23, 2008, which breaks down Jeff Wilpon’s interview with Mike Francesa. Feel free to compare and contrast to the most recent meeting between Wilpon and Francesa.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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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 from the 1960s.)

Artus summed up the mystery with,

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