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Since It Doesn’t Matter Who the Manager Is …

Now that Sandy Alderson is in charge, and we know he does not believe a manager has any impact on a team’s success or failure — provided, of course, said manager follows orders and executes the plan issued from the front office — then how do we go about choosing the next Mets manager?

Seriously — if you buy into this idea that “the manager doesn’t matter”, then, it doesn’t matter who is chosen; ergo, we can choose anyone we want, based on just about anything we want.

Further, it means that Jeff Wilpon can choose anyone he wants to be the manager, based on whatever he deems valuable, and in doing so, he’s not encroaching on Alderson’s “power” — because Alderson doesn’t really care who the manager is, so long as he is a good soldier.

So, if I were Jeff Wilpon, my three most important traits in selecting the next Mets manager would be:

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Four Answers To Anti-Wally Questions

Before the interview process starts, the beat writers and blogosphere are already counting out Wally Backman as a viable candidate for Mets manager in 2011.

Let’s address the top 4 “reasons” Wally won’t be hired by Sandy Alderson:

1. If Alderson hires Wally Backman, it proves to all of baseball that he is Jeff Wilpon’s puppet. Alderson has to hire someone else to show he’s in charge.

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Sandy Alderson May Choose a Former Met to Manage

It’s not yet official but Sandy Alderson as Mets’ GM is as good as a done deal. So next we move on to who will be the next Mets manager?

If you are a loyal reader of MetsToday then you know who my choice is — Wally Backman. But it doesn’t matter who MY choice is, it matters who Sandy Alderson wants. Is Wally on the list?

Yesterday, MetsBlog reported that Wally Backman’s (and Bobby Valentine’s) chances were “dwindling“. Today, the same blog cited a tweet by Mark Healey of Baseball Digest that stated Backman was a “leading candidate“. So what gives? Does Wally have a chance, or doesn’t he?

Being part of SNY, Matt Cerrone has access to fairly reliable “inside sources”, and yesterday’s post supports the same thing that Jon Heyman has been hearing. Adam Rubin of ESPN-NY is hearing the same thing. Heyman also has a strong argument in this tweet:

will be shocked if alderson hires wally back as manager. will show right away he isnt running things, and i dont see him doing that.

The notion behind this is that Wally Backman is Jeff Wilpon’s choice, and therefore, in order for Alderson to make it clear that he isn’t Jeff’s puppet, he has to hire someone other than Wally.

Now, if that’s actually the main reason behind not hiring someone, does it make any sense? What if Wally is actually the best man for the job?

The interesting thing about this latest drama is that MetsBlog linked to the wrong tweet by Baseball Digest — there is another one posted earlier that is likely to be more accurate:

I think #Mets will be going outside the organizaton for MGR candidates, think Hurdle and McEwing could get interviews

That’s right — Clint Hurdle and Joe McEwing. It’s too perfect, isn’t it?

Hurdle is a former Met, has 8 years of MLB experience as a manager, is a God-fearing family man, once won a pennant, and has the reputation as a company man who does as he’s told. In other words, a dream choice for both Alderson and the Wilpons. (Never mind that he has a career losing record of 534-625; Alderson and the statheads know that the manager has no effect on a team’s winning or losing — so get on board with it.) In other words, he’d be “Art Howe Redux”.

McEwing is also a former Met — and a huge fan favorite at that. “Super Joe” was loved for his grit, hustle, determination, scrappy play, and team-first attitude — all the things that Mets fans have been craving. Additionally, he was named the “Top Managerial Prospect” in the SAL by Baseball America after leading the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox A-ball affiliate) to a 73-65 record in 2009. McEwing followed up that with an 81-58 record in 2010, again in A-ball. Sounds like … “Poor Man’s Wally Backman”. As if that’s not enough to qualify him, he’s a local guy, born in PA, played at the County College of Morris. Oh, and David Wright loves him — which pretty much seals the deal, doesn’t it?

Where does that leave Wally? Or what about his ’86 Met teammate Tim Teufel? Or Ken Oberkfell and Chip Hale, for that matter? We’ll soon find out, but if Sandy Alderson wants to make clear that he runs the show, the next Mets manager will come from outside the organization. However, it could still be a former Met.

How do you feel about the prospect of Hurdle or McEwing as managerial candidates?

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Jeff Wilpon To Be Interviewed By Sandy Alderson

According to multiple reports, Sandy Alderson will be meeting with Jeff Wilpon at some point this week in regard to the Mets’ opening in their front office.

Hopefully, Jeff gets a haircut, wears his best suit, arrives on time, and speaks both eloquently and intelligently, so as to impress Mr. Alderson (you WILL address him as “Mr. Alderson”, won’t you, Jeff?). These may seem like trivial details, but considering that Jeff Wilpon has never had to experience a job interview before (remember, he’s had the luck of working in a family business), there is an off-chance that he blows the meeting.

And it would be a catastrophe if Jeff comes off poorly, pushing Mr. Alderson to go back to his job of confirming birth certificates and fettering buscones in the Dominican Republic.

Because if you hadn’t noticed, Richard Lynn “Sandy” Alderson is the Dixie Walker of Mets GM candidates — “the People’s Cherce” (Fred Wilpon should appreciate that moniker). MetsBlog has been singing Alderson’s praises since he became a candidate less than a week ago; Amazin’ Avenue seems to not hate him; all the Mets beat writers agree he’s the most qualified person; even BeelzeBud Selig recommends Alderson as the one man who can clean up the mess in Flushing.

Miraculously, the Mets have found an individual who is universally accepted by the rabid fans, the blogosphere, the statheads, and the professional media. Alderson manages to be all things to all people because he:

– has tons of experience building championship clubs
– is older than John Ricco, but not older than John McCain
– has built successful farm systems
– has worked frugally and efficiently with budgets of all sizes
– has an eye for talent, both in terms of players and scouting personnel
– has the reputation as a strong, no-nonsense leader
– is respected by other GMs throughout baseball
– was mentioned in Moneyball as Billy Beane’s mentor
– is an ex-Marine, and therefore gritty

Those last two may be the strongest qualifications; who else appeals to both the old-school and Beane-head crowds, AND is accepted as competent by my dad (because of the ex-Marine part; Alderson could be a 98-year-old mongoloid with Alzheimer’s but as long as he spent time in the USMC, he’s the best man for the job)? In short, Alderson is a gritty, take-charge leader who understands the “new math” of baseball — and he’s a pretty good public speaker.

Could there be a better candidate that appeals to all parties? If there is, let us know in the comments.

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