VALENTINE: Can you picture him in pinstripes?
Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine
told The Associated Press
the Chaba Lotte Marines will not offer a contract extension after the 2009 season, the final year of his four-year contract.
“They just wanted to go in a different direction,” said Valentine. “They wanted to change things and I certainly understand that.”
After winning the Japan Series championship in 2005, but the team finished in fourth place this past season and did not make the playoffs.
OK … we all know Valentine won’t sit still. So, where do you think he’ll end up? I can see him with the Yankees if Joe Girardi doesn’t get them back into the playoffs following their winter of free spending.
Scott Greene, a friend to the blog, e-mailed me this link if you want to check out the Mets’ prospects. The prosect list is compiled by John Sickels on Minor League Ball.
Sickels rates 3B/SS Wilmer Flores first, followed by OF Fernando Martinez. Rounding out the Top Ten are LHP Jon Niese, RHP Brad Holt, SS Reese Havens, 3B Jefry Marte, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Robert Parnell, RHP Eddie Kunz and 1B Nick Evans.
There’s some interesting reading.
From T-shirts to caps to door mats to Christmas tree ornaments, this afternoon at the mall I’ve seen the Mets’ logo on more things than I could ever imagine.
How about you? Where’s the most unique object you’ve seen with a Mets’ logo?
Spending the afternoon getting snowed in. What better time to talk about the Mets’ pitching?
I want the Mets to bring back Oliver Perez because I still believe there is an upside there, but I also want them to add somebody else, like a Randy Wolf, because I know there will be a need.
I can’t see giving the ball to Jon Niese 33 times and having everything be all right. The Mets have upgraded, but not to where they are a slam dunk to overtake the Phillies. I want them to get two starters, and worry about slotting in guys from the minor leagues later.
GM Omar Minaya said until the Mets add a starter or two, they still aren’t as good as the Philadelphia Phillies: “We’re not better than them, they’re the World Champions. You don’t win world championships on paper. Do I think we’ve improved our club? Yes. But, the bottom line is the Phillies won the World Series and they won the division twice. The experience of winning the World Series is huge.”