Nov 18

Manager of the Year ….

The Manager of the Year for both leagues will be announced in about an hour. I’ve voted for this award several times and the criteria varies as it does this year.

Most often the award goes to a manager who leads an under achieving team into the playoffs or to a dramatic improvement. That’s the case this year with my choice, Jim Tracy of the Rockies. The Rockies entered the season ranked behind the Dodgers and Giants in the NL West, and in some circles behind Arizona.

But, the Rockies got hot in the second half, much like they did in 2007, and rolled into the playoffs. They lost to the Phillies, but that didn’t change the fact they had a surprising season.

Another variable is a lifetime achievement award when there’s no surprise winner. That would go to Mike Scioscia of the Angels, who always has his team playing alert, aggressive and fundamental baseball. OK, except for the ALCS this year, but the voting is done prior to the start of the playoffs.

Nov 18

Men on Base …. Mets news and notes.

* Reportedly, the Mets hired Dave Jauss as bench coach. Jauss has a history with Jerry Manuel, who as a field coordinator for Montreal in the late 1980s, hired him as a minor league manager. Jauss has also been a bench coach for Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

I got to know Jauss when I covered the Yankees. I’d pick his brain whenever I could when the Yankees played the Red Sox. He’s a very smart and personable guy, who I believe will someday get a chance to manager on the major league level.

* I liked the story in the Daily News about Carlos Beltran visiting a VA hospital in Manhattan. A lot of times we hear of the bad guys in sports, but there are far more good guys, and Beltran is one of them. I’ve found most players are willing to, and enjoy, making such appearances like Beltran.

* GM Omar Minaya is not giving up the ghost of Carlos Delgado. He’ll scout him in the Puerto Rican winter league to see how healthy he is and how his hip as recovered. I’m still of the belief not bringing back Delgado is the way to go if the team is in a rebuilding mode.

* Sandy Alomar Jr., left the organization to be bench coach at Cleveland. It is a step up, but it was also an obviously inevitable move. Once dad got the ax, the son was looking out the door.

* Tim Teufel was promoted to manage Double-A Binghamton.

Nov 17

Just a reminder ….

I have a poll up on whether the Mets should bring back Carlos Delgado. You can still vote and comment. Also, I invite you to scroll down the page and re-visit some other posts if you haven’t already. Feel free to comment. I’ll know when you do and will respond.

Thanks. JD

Nov 17

Mets release spring training sked ….

The World Series ended less than two weeks ago and the Mets have already released their 2010 spring training schedule.

Here it is:

Tue. March 2 Atlanta Braves Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Wed. March 3 Atlanta Braves Disney 1:05 p.m.

Thurs. March 4 St. Louis Cardinals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Fri. March 5 Florida Marlins Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m
St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

Sat. March 6 Washington Nationals Viera 1:05 p.m.

Sun. March 7 Washington Nationals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Mon. March 8 Florida Marlins Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

Tue. March 9 Houston Astros Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Wed. March 10 Atlanta Braves Disney 1:05 p.m.

Thurs. March 11 Boston Red Sox Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Fri. March 12 Minnesota Twins Ft. Myers 1:05 p.m.

Sat. March 13 Detroit Tigers Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Sun. March 14 Florida Marlins Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

Mon. March 15 St. Louis Cardinals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Tue. March 16 OFF

Wed. March 17 Boston Red Sox Ft. Myers 1:05 p.m.

Thurs. March 18 Florida Marlins Jupiter 7:05 p.m.

Fri. March 19 Minnesota Twins Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Sat. March 20 St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

Sun. March 21 University of Michigan Port St. Lucie 11:10 a.m.
Houston Astros Kissimmee 1:05 p.m.

Mon. March 22 Washington Nationals Viera 1:05 p.m.

Tue. March 23 Atlanta Braves Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Wed. March 24 Houston Astros Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Thurs. March 25 St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

Fri. March 26 Florida Marlins Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

Sat. March 27 Washington Nationals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Sun. March 28 St. Louis Cardinals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Mon. March 29 Florida Marlins Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.
Washington Nationals Viera 1:05 p.m.

Tue. March 30 St. Louis Cardinals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Wed. March 31 Florida Marlins Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Thurs. April 1 Washington Nationals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Fri. April 2 Tampa Bay Rays St. Petersburg 6:05 p.m.

Sat. April 3 Baltimore Orioles Sarasota 1:10 p.m.