Omar Minaya is speaking now. He just announced Willie Randolph will stay on as Mets’ manager.
Oh I see JD has already answered LOL. never mind then
To Kalyan: It’s very possible to be swayed by reputation when it comes to defense. Offensive stats you can measure, but it’s harder with defense. That said, Castillo, bad knees and advancing age, still played pretty well at second. Definitely and upgrade over Jose Valentin. Second is a key position and I don’t know if they have the faith Gotay will be able to handle the job full time.
I am for bringing Castillo back. I think the Mets will have a lot on their plate this year regarding upgrading their pitching, so with certain positions bringing the incumbent back makes sense. Especially since there’s not a dramatic improvement out there.-JD
Willie coming back? well, maybe he will finally learn to correctly manage his bullpen, do double switches, etc., etc.,
By the way, has herm washington learned manage a playclock yet?
The rumor on Castillo being a bad influence comes from Francesa and Russo on Mondays’s show. They said they have heard some whispers in the organization that he is but weren’t sure of it.Not sure how you newspaper guys take these two clowns and their “little birdies”. Last year they went ballistic over Billy Wagner using “Sandman”, Monday’s show featured a rap because the Mets organizzation sent emails to their fans. I thought it was poorly worded, talks about not advancing on 2006 success instead of saying the truth: we choked.
Ed in Westchester is right about Peterson’s role in the Kazmir trade. Lots of people (Joe Beningo for example) think it was Peterson’s deal. According to Bob Klapisch who broke the story Peterson’s mistake was he told the people who made the deal (Livesey among others) what they wanted to hear. Zambrano was a decent pitcher whom he could improve.
Losing seems to have put this blog in the twilight zone.
Castillo is a fine fielding 2b and a good #2 hitter.
Glavine pitched well for us this year. He had issues leading up to 300 other than that he pitched well. He had his issues like the rest of the staff in the past 2 weeks.
Delgado. Ppl need to give it a rest with this guy. He makes almost $20MM no way they cut bait. He was hurt. Won’t admit it. I predict by end of May no one will be calling for his head.
Milledge. If anyone was watching he can’t hit junk. Like all young players he needs time. Winter ball will help as well as a platoon situation. Oh yeah his fundamentals are suspect too.
There are more things but just too tired right now to keep up with you guys.
Before I go. and before everyone trades the whole team. Is there a player we have a reasonable chance of getting that will be an upgrade for all the bums we throw out with the baby and the bathwater?
JD and Coop:
thanks on the Oliver info…for some reason I never saw where he signed this year…good for him.
Willie is not a Met- he’s a Yankee, with all of the worst qualities of Joe Torre—arrogance, inertia, passivity—and none of the smarts. He refuses to take a proactive, hustling approach to making runs and taking charge of the situation. Whatever happens, “Well, that’s baseball” is his mantra, and now he has Jose Reyes saying the same thing—the attitude must be contagious.
What happened to the Mets is that they all caught Willie’s attitude the last two months—they ceased to seize the moment, they left every game up to fate. And now we have another whole season of this to look forward to—I’ve lost interest already.
The Mets need an outsider as a manager- an outer borough sort of guy whose personality matches the best of the Mets as a team and who will lead, not loaf. Remember when Bobby Valentine was at the helm? Like him or not, he was in charge every second. Getting rid of him was the worst move of the last ten years.
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