“I’m Bald, and I Live with My Parents”

Isn’t just like the Mets that they needed to be the dumbest team in baseball for five years before they realized they might need to be the smartest? They’re like George Costanza, author of the above title line, upon the realization that his own instincts had become so untrustworthy he needed to openly defy them by doing just the opposite of what they favored. The Mets have a long history of such behavior, whether it’s sitting on their hands whille the bullpen burned to the ground in 2008 then spending the offseason stuffing the roster with high-profile relievers; responding criticism of moves like the Scott Kazmir trade by aggressively promoting 19-year-old hard throwers to the majors; answering their near-complete tone deafness to the will of fans with regards to the new park by inviting bloggers to share a warm chat with executive Dave Howard. Of course they didn’t ask me.

And now it’s replacing the street-smart but improvisational front office of Minaya and Bernazard with the Harvard egghead set of Alderson, DePodesta and Ricciardi. Don’t get me wrong — I like the move and even I liked Omar — but at this time last year we could only hope to get through the offseason before a regrettably dumb move got made. This year, there’s reason to believe we will get through the offseason in better shape than we entered simply because the new guys will apply some discipline and processes designed to get the team pulling together for that purpose. If there’s one thing the previous administration didn’t do, it’s that. Wouldn’t it have been nice if the Mets had realized this when it was time to replace Steve Phillips?

What this all means to the ongoing managerial search remains a mystery although many seem to think it helps Terry Collins‘ candidacy: He’s reportedly admired by Paul DePodesta, got good reviews for his work with the Mets’ minor leaguers last year (he was the opposite of Tony Bernazard, natch), and has been compared favorably to Bobby Valentine for his energy, enthusiasm and international experience (ironically, Collins’ first managerial job was to replace the placid Art Howe in Houston). He was a finalist the last time the Mets interviewed for managers in the dawn of the Omar Era in 2005. On the downside, the veterans in Houston and Anaheim eventually tuned him out, he lacks any real Mets heritage and he’s unlike to excite the fanbase all by himself (but the support of the New Holy Trinity would say something).

Sartorially, Collins wore No. 2 while managing the Astros from 1994-96 and No. 1 for the Angels during their Disney period.

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2 comments

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Already a little concerned

    Submitted by 9th_string_catcher (not verified) on Tue, 11/09/2010 – 9:54am.
    that Takahashi is already gone. The bullpen cupboard is pretty darn bare, and he was one of the most productive guys we had. It’s interesting that the Mets are loading up on front office talent in a year that they may not be making very many moves.

    To me, they really need a manager who is patient and creative – there is talent on this team, but it needs to be optimized. I would love to get a guy like Larry Dierker. All that guy ever did was win. Whatever happened to him?

    Dierker

    Submitted by gored82 on Tue, 11/09/2010 – 10:14pm.
    Unfortunately, his fault or not, Dierker’s Astros teams were 2-12 in postseason play…

    I’m okay with 14 postseason games in 5 years.

    Submitted by 9th_string_catcher (not verified) on Thu, 11/11/2010 – 9:02am.
    Seeing that we’ve had 0 postseason games in the past 10 years.

    Huh??

    Submitted by gored82 on Thu, 11/11/2010 – 11:43am.
    Do a little research, 9th string catcher! The Mets have been in a World Series and and an NLCS in the last 10 years. That’s a lot more than 0 postseason games…

    Dierker

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Thu, 11/11/2010 – 1:32pm.
    He’s the guy who succeeded Collins, who succeeded Howe.

    Dierker was obviously a bright guy and very successful (I agree with the Moneyballers tho that the postseason is mainly a crapshoot, and won’t hold anyone’s success or lack of it against them especially if they get there often). Dierker had that brain thing and I don’t think he wants to manage anymore or you’d figure he’d get a bite now and then.

    Forgot about 2006 – 10 games. My bad.

    Submitted by 9th_string_catcher (not verified) on Thu, 11/11/2010 – 2:29pm.
    2000 WS was 11 seasons ago.

    Collins

    Submitted by Dave Mackey (not verified) on Sun, 11/21/2010 – 6:27pm.
    It’s a done deal – Collins is the man. http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101121&content_id=161

  2. […] So congrats to Terry Collins for becoming the Mets longest-tenured manager ever. I never would have predicted that back in 2010 when he was my fifth choice among the the so-called “final four” candidates of the incoming Alderson Administration. […]

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