Oct 03

Bobby V. would welcome return to Mets ….

Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine told ESPN he would be interested in returning if the club can’t re-sign Jerry Manuel.

In an email response to the question of his interesting in returning, Valentine wrote: “I am working for a team that needs me and wants me as their man. I love it here, but I am an American and love great challenges. I was a in a Met uniform in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, 2000, and would love to be there in the next decade.”

Valentine, who managed the Mets to the 2000 World Series, is currently managing Chiba Lotte.

Well, would you like Bobby: The Sequel?

Oct 03

Manuel update ….

Manuel: Should take the deal.

Manuel: Should take the deal.

Jerry Manuel wants three years to manage the Mets. The club is offering two. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of those compromises where they can meet at 2 1/2 years.

Two years seems low and suggests maybe the Wilpons aren’t sold on him. However, the flip side is there are few managerial positions available so Manuel ought to think twice about playing hardball. If the Mets will spend to improve as they say, and Manuel is as good as he believes, then winning will take care of itself.

And, if they win, Manuel’s next contract will be more in line.

Oct 03

Mets after Midnight: The playoffs and Omar Edition.

Moon over the Mets.

Moon over the Mets.

On the day the Mets extended Omar Minaya through 2014 (counting the two option years), their nemesis, the Phillies, took a commanding 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series with Milwaukee. Philly is looking pretty good.

I watched part of the LA-Cubs game. I’ve always liked Joe Torre so I’m happy for him considering how tacky the Yankees were in pushing him out. I had a good working relationship with him when I covered the Yankees, and when I was taken off the beat he called to wish me well.

He didn’t have to, but it made me proud because it showed he respected my work.

I also have a good friend who works with Tampa Bay, so I’m pulling for his team in the AL. Don’t know what I’ll do if they meet in the Series.

My take on the Minaya extension is it was a no-brainer. Sure, the Mets fell short a second straight season, but the truth is they are better now than they were when he took over. There’s no doubt Minaya made some decision that backfired, but he’s also added players that brought them this far.

I understand the frustration, but the Mets remain a contending team. There’s a lot of pitching work that needs to be done, but with the right acquisitions they can get back to the playoffs. This is not a hopeless situation they are in.

That’s about it from me for today. I think I’ll watch some of “Tombstone,” before calling it a night. I’ll answer your comments and questions in the morning. Good night all.