11.15.10

Who’s Afraid Of Bobby Valentine? Perhaps The Mets’ New Gang Of GM’s

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The New York Mets’ exhaustive headhunt for a new manager appears to have come down to a choice between two retreads, Terry Collins and Bob Melvin, neither of whom strike Fox Sports’ Bob Klapisch as particularly inspirational figures. “Why has this managerial search been so maddeningly vanilla? Why does Sandy Alderson pretend Bobby Valentine doesn’t exist?” I’d have guessed an ownership mandate to hire someone far less expensive (especially now that the Wilpons have no fewer than 4 general managers on the payroll), but Klapisch cites other, more depressing reasons.

If experience was enough of a factor to disable Backman’s dream of managing the Mets, Alderson’s inexplicably neglecting the one person whose credentials dwarf the rest of the field’s.

That’s Valentine, of course, who took the Mets to the World Series in 2000. He’s currently working for ESPN and would return to the Mets in a heartbeat if he were officially courted.

Alderson would’ve been better off telling Mets fans the cold truth: Valentine just isn’t his type of manager. That’s the real reason his phone’s been silent. It’s not that the Wilpons hold any sort of grudge against Valentine ” people close to both Fred and Jeff say they would’ve welcomed Valentine back had Alderson decided to hire him. Instead, Alderson and DePodesta have a distinct idea about a manager’s importance and, ultimately, his job description.

Valentine would be larger than life in an organization that will now demand strict, buttoned-down behavior from its subordinates. Alderson will pick Collins or Melvin because they’re better suited to act as his proxies.

The question’s whether that philosophy will resonate, not just with the fans, a third of whom have stopped coming to see the Mets since 2007, but with the players themselves.

4 Responses to “Who’s Afraid Of Bobby Valentine? Perhaps The Mets’ New Gang Of GM’s”

  1. happyjack says:

    So who is in control here, the Wilpons, the troika, Depodesta? How can they ignore what the fans want and pass over Valentine, giving Depodesta more say than Jeff Wilpon in vetoing Backman? What a confused and motley bunch these three turn out to be. I was very suspicious when the hired a 63 year old MLB wonk to “shake things up” and more so when the very first thing he does is hire two other failed sabermetric GM’s and before any of them get behind a desk at Citifield, that fans don’t count, the interviews don’t matter and we are prepping for colossal failures in the dugout. Something is just not right with this picture.

  2. hojohifive says:

    What first seemed to offer a glimmer of hope (the hiring of Alderson) now has impending disaster written all over it.
    Collins or Melvin? Seriously? Plain yogurt or a kick in the nutsack, take yer pick.
    Has Vegas set the line for when everyone get’s run out of Queens?

  3. Meat says:

    Want to win, the only option is Bobby v.

  4. Rog says:

    Chico Escuela for manager.

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