Eyes on HoJo
Nothing new on the coaching front. Jerry Manuel thinks early next week his staff should be finalized.
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.