Monday, September 13, 2004
The only thing major that happened in my 3 days of non posting was Victor Diaz's major league debut. I did watch this and came away impressed. I wish we could get a chance to see him some more before the season ends, but with Cliff and Hidalgo still playing, I dont see many at bats in his future.
The big news today is that the Daily News is reporting that Art Howe will be fired at seasons end. I dont know whether to rejoice or feel sorry for the guy.
Assuming that this stroy is true, I feel it necessary to look back on Arts tenure as manager.
He came in as the clear second candidate behind Sweet Lou. He also came in as the "anti Bobby V." He was supposed to be the calm voice on this team in turmoil.
From the start of last year it was clear Howe was not all he was cracked up to be. It was also clear that he never had a true team to put on the field. Glavine and Alomar and Piazza all failed him in 2003, and this year the list of walking wounded is simply amazing.
So it all adds up to two 60 win seasons, and to bitter dissapointments. Is it all Howe's fault? Of course not. do I feel sorry for him? Yes, I do. But the bottom line is....Thank god he is gone!
Of course, I shouldnt be jumping to conclusions. He is still the manager and until I hear the official word, I guess I really wont believe this will happen.
Between now and then, I'll analyze some candidates and who I would hire.
Enjoy a Mets double dip today. That's 2 more losses im sure.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
But the Art Howe job watch is still on. It sounds like Art will be given another chance, and that they will bring in Larry Bowa to be the fiery bench coach. It's bad enough that Howe is gonna be the manager, but having a complete nutcase on the bench can't help either. Is yelling at Mike Piazza and Cliff Floyd going to get them to hit? If it does then perhaps Bowa is some sort of genius, tapping into all players potential. Just look at Philly though and you'll realize that isnt the case.
This afternoon i'll be watching Scott Kazmir pitch.
All I know is, thank god for football.
Monday, September 06, 2004
The Downward Spiral Continues
The players have all but abandoned Howe, just as they did Valentine that season, although Howe refuses to respond with the same anger in going down with the ship. During that fateful 12-game losing streak in 2002, which stretched from Aug. 10-23, Valentine questioned the motives of players at one point and even suffered a tearful meltdown after the club's 12th consecutive loss, in Colorado.I remeber the whole downfall of Bobby V, and i have to say that this is much worse. I know that no one is smoking pot this time around, but the lackluster play is just as bad.
When Valentine implored his players to rally, just as Howe did with his veterans before Saturday's game, the clubhouse responded with shrugs. It's happening again with the Mets, and Howe, like Valentine, appears powerless to stop it.
The Post reports that the Mets are in the running for Cuban defector Kendry Morales.
I don't know what to think on this guy. Part of me wants to get him badly, but I just dont trust the Mets. If they sign him he'll be a bust. If they don't he'll become a star. That's just how I feel about this team lately.
Cuban star free agent Kendry Morales held a private workout at the Mets' Dominican Republic facility last week, the Post has learned, and the Mets may be emerging as one of the leading candidates for his services.
Sunday, September 05, 2004
I think Mike Piazza sums up the situation best:
"We're a bad team right now," he said, his soft voice making his words practically sound like an ashamed confession. "I guess you've got to realize that personally we've all been blessed, but professionally, I can't speak for anybody else, but it's embarrassing."
And if that doesnt do it fir ya, enjoy this quote from Newsday:
As they look forward from what has become another disastrous campaign, the Mets don't plan to increase their payroll from its current level of about $90 million. Team officials believe that they made solid smaller moves last offseason, signing free agents Kaz Matsui, Mike Cameron and Braden Looper, and they want to continue in that vein. They believe, although virtually no one else does, that their trades for Victor Zambrano and Kris Benson are consistent with that "less is more" philosophy.Steve Trachsel tries to end the skid against Brett Myers this afternoon.
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Philadelphia 8 Mets 1
The only signifigant thing to talk about from the game besides Floyd's debut was Cliff Floyd flipping the ball in the stands with only two outs, even though Bobby Abreu was tagging up on the play. Art tried to salvage whatever hold he has on this team by confrontingt Floyd over it. some how I dont think Cliff really cares what the Wizard thinks.
I was listening to WFAN yesterday and MadDog had an interview with Peter Gammons. Gammons said that Howe is in "grave danger" of losing his job.
Also, starter Matt Ginter was forced to leave the game after the first inning with a sprained ankle.
That's now 12 of 13 for those counting. They look to make it 13 of 14 today.
Friday, September 03, 2004
News from Colorado
New York Mets manager Art Howe's job is reportedly in jeopardy, and the Rockies' Clint Hurdle has been mentioned as a possible replacement.
It's not surprising. Hurdle managed in the Mets' farm system when Jim Duquette was the organization's assistant farm director. Duquette now is the Mets' general manager.
I think it is clear that Howe will not be back. Clint Hurdle sounds dissapointing as a replacement, but anyone's gotta be better than Howe, right?
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Florida 9 Mets 6
There is really nothing else to say. If it wasn't for David Wright this team would be un-watchable.
But speaking of David Wright....that kid is going to be a star.
The Mets now head to Philadelphia where they will be swept in a 3 game series.
I am practically rooting for this team to lose..that's Howe bad it's gotten.
Florida 5 Mets 4
There is not much in the news today. The only noteworthy items are:
- Mike Camron remains out with a viral infection.
- The Mets injured reserve in Florida is being evacuated due to Hurricane Frances. Reyes and Zambrano will join the Mets in Philly. Kaz Matsui is the only one brave enough to stay.
- And most importantly, Jason Phillips is red hot and is now hitting above 200. Hooray!!
Jae Seo vs Carl Pavano today.