Jul 29

Mets Still Something To See

The Mets have lost 13 of 15 games and their season has long since gone from a fade to a collapse. And, knowing there won’t be a season-saving deal, what’s the use of watching these guys?

I’ll tell you.

Now, you know me as anything but a homer. Of all the Mets’ bloggers, I just might be one of the more critical. Even so, there’s still a lot to like about watching this team.

Remember, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year, and we’re about to see how they response from adversity. Winning a half-dozen games in July has dug an enormous hole.

Here’s why I still tune them in:

David Wright: He’s having a great season, his recent slump notwithstanding. He’s shown us again and again he’s not only the face, but the heart of this franchise. It’s time to reward him with the extension he deserves.

R.A. Dickey: Yes, he’s had some bumps lately, but he’s also thrown a pair of one-hitters. He gives the Mets a chance every time he pitches.

Daniel Murphy: The man without a position in spring training has taken to second base. He’s not Ryne Sandberg, but he’s improving daily.

Ruben Tejada: I won’t say, `Jose who?’ But, he’s shown he can handle shortstop and the bat. A keeper, and for years to come.

Tim Byrdak and Josh Thole: So what if they got into it in the dugout last week. They showed they still care. The losing regardless, their hearts remain in it.  If they care, then maybe we should, too. This has been a resilient bunch all year. They still might have a run in them, and it’s worth watching to find out.

 

Oct 21

Will new GM consider Sandberg?

Whomever the Mets choose as their general manager –  indications are Sandy Alderson has the inside track – he’ll have a long list of managerial candidates to consider.

SANDBERG: Could be considered for manager job

Add Ryne Sandberg to that list. The Cubs bypassed Sandberg for Mike Quade, and the Hall of Fame second baseman is not pleased and he’ll obviously listen to other offers.

He’s done everything the Cubs asked of him in preparation for the opportunity to manage in the major leagues, including working his way up the minor league chain, from Single A to Triple A, with success, including being named Pacific Coast League manager of the year.

Sandberg does not have the major league experience advocated here and in other forums, but we don’t know how much that criteria will be weighed by the new general manager. If that is lower on his priority list, Sandberg would undoubtedly receive consideration, as will Wally Backman.

It’s all speculation for now, and some of it will fall on Sandberg.