Manuel reflects on a season lost

It was interesting to hear Jerry Manuel evaluate his performance last night on SNY, admitting he pushed the envelope in bringing back Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, and the experiment with Reyes at third.

MANUEL: The dreams of success have faded.

Much of the self-evaluation had been written by posters at the time, but it must be remembered Manuel is working off different information and conditions that we were.

Quite simply, Manuel knew there was pressure on him to win this year, and that only made it easier to be tempted, especially when the player says he’s ready.

Manuel didn’t get into it, but there was inconsistency in how he made out his lineup, set up his bullpen and bench. Lest we not forget, it was Manuel’s insistence to stay with Jenrry Mejeia, who has been shut down with a shoulder injury.

I also didn’t like how Manuel handled Jeff Francoeur and John Maine, but there are always be dust ups in the player-manager relationship.

Last night Manuel was candid, forthright and honest. There was very little excuse making, other than to say the collapse of the offense played a major factor into the season’s outcome. And. I don’t look at that as an excuse as much as a statement of fact.

If this had been Manuel’s first season with the Mets, you could make an argument for another chance, but he presided over the September collapse in 2008 and last year’s disaster. There were extenuating circumstances after both that warranted a second chance, the bottom line is that through a myriad of reasons, the Mets have taken a step back since 2006, and in this market, with this stadium and the expectations, somebody will have to pay the price for failure.

Keeping Manuel with roughly the same payroll as this season is to tell the fanbase “our hope is that we stay healthy and improve,’’ which is something they’ve been saying since Carlos Beltran took that third strike from Adam Wainwright.

Keeping Manuel would be saying this year was acceptable.

One thought on “Manuel reflects on a season lost

  1. Bottom line is I don’t think he is a good manager. Earlier, before they were out of it the players seemed to play for him. Despite the fact that he plays favorites and drags some players through the mud. Despite the fact that he burns out the pen. Despite the fact that it can be argued that his actions contribute to the end of some careers.

    I don’t know if the team has played better than in previous years. I have not been able to watch the team as much. What I do know is that Ike and Ruben have improved the defense a lot. Bay played pretty solid D and everything else. His bat never came around but he seems to be a fundamentally sound player. Dickey/Niese/Taki did well.

    None of the above players do I attribute to the manager.

    In my opinion he needs to go. The team improvement had nothing to do with the manager. He was the driving force for possibly killing our best pitching prospects career.

    Through all this the team does not play with fire. When someone screws up they are not punished, especially if that player is one of his favorites. Other teams will sit a player for screwing up.

    I believe this costs us games. The Utley episode is an example. A day later the manger lauds the play of the opposition player. Does he train his troops to play the way Utley does? No. But he says that is the way to play.