We talked about Manny Ramirez this afternoon. But, if those topics aren’t on your mind, or you have something else you want to talk about, feel free. Pretty much anything goes. That’s why I call it “Loose threads.”
In 53 games for the Dodgers, Ramirez batted .396 with 17 HR and 53 RBI. No doubt, despite that short window of playing time, he’ll get some MVP consideration.
That’s fine, as long as the Mets don’t give him any consideration in the off-season. The Mets, their problems hitting with RISP, were still second in the league in runs scored. They need to spent the money on pitching.
On the hot seat is Howard Johnson, who said at the end of the season he believed the club had the right pieces.
Maybe they do, but something is missing, and it’s not all Johnson’s fault.
These are major leaguers and they shouldn’t have to “buy into’’ anything. They should know how to work a count and advance a runner.
It’s an organizational thing, and on the major league level, that’s the manager. We see guys swinging at garbage all the time, and in the case of Jose Reyes, where’s the encouragement to take the walk?
All I hear was they don’t want to take away his aggressiveness. Well, if Reyes walked 100 times and bunted for hits more, he’d be devastating offensively.
Carlos Beltran should steal more. … It wouldn’t kill Carlos Delgado to go to left against the shift. … Perhaps the batting order is flawed. Maybe Reyes shouldn’t be leading off. … David Wright was way too impatient this year.
There are a lot of ways to improve the offense having nothing to do with firing Johnson, but, that’s not how the game is played.
More of the same for me today. Back to the library with the laptop.
I checked in with the Mets this morning about season tickets, and there’s partial plans haven’t been determined yet. I’ll keep an eye on it for you.
In the interim, if you have any questions for the Mets you aren’t getting answered, forward them to me and I’ll make the calls.
Which coaches should stay or go? What moves will they make? How are the playoffs going for you? Still want K-Rod?
Whatever is on your mind, let’s talk about it.