“Opinions are like a-holes, everyone’s got one and most of them stink” Reports are swirling that the Mets will be holding a press conference on Tuesday to announce the next manager of the Mets. Everyone wants to pick apart every possible “hint” as to who it is going to be.
I honestly think they are hiring whomever they think is the best person to lead the 2011 Mets. I don’t think there is any ticket selling agenda, any 1986 agenda, any plan to have a “YES” man, any plan to have a vanilla personality or a badass.
I honestly think they heard from all of these guys. They know the direction they see this team going in the next few years and want the best guy for that. I know that isn’t a sexy theory to some. I went into the off-season hoping the Mets would hire Bobby Valentine.
I’ve always been a fan of Valentine and I admittedly am nostalgic for the late 90′s early 2000′s Mets. When it became clear Valentine was not going to be hired I tried to keep an open mind who I wanted. I have gone through stages of strongly wanting Backman, strongly wanting Collins and currently think my pick would be Chip Hale.
All of that said this is actually one of the least important moves the Mets will make in coming years. A manager is an important piece of a team. He motivates, he puts the lineup card together and he tries to give his team the best chance to win….. that said…. managers in general are overrated.
Nobody would have said Ron Washington was some amazing manager and he led his team to the WS, Charlie Manuel is a great motivator but his decision making doesn’t remind you of Joe McCarthy. Players win games. If the Yankees tomorrow fired Joe Girardi for having stupid looking braces and Tony Pena took over…. NOBODY would downgrade the Yankees chances in 2011, if Terry Francona decided to step down and DeMarlo Hale were to take over NOBODY would downgrade the Sox chances.
The Mets in their HISTORY as a franchise have never had a prolonged run as one of the best franchises in baseball and their next manager will NOT be the reason if they do going forward. It’s been fun debating who the next manager of the Mets will be, or who it should be but the fact of the matter when the white smoke bellows from Flushing to reveal the next leader of this team it will only be a minor step in their quest for greatness.