Mets Brass Tells Manuel To Shut Up

Jerry_ManuelMichael Kay of ESPN Radio is reporting this afternoon that Mets upper management is not happy with Jerry Manuel‘s candid comments to the media. Specifically, they don’t like his discussion of treading water until injuries heal and his talk of needing to trade for a bat.

Manuel has been able to develop such a good relationship with the media that upper management is afraid that they’ll be the ones to blame if the 2009 team goes down in flames. Personally, I appreciate that Manuel doesn’t insult my intelligence by saying anything but the truth that we all already know. Those of us that watch this team know that they don’t have enough offense right now. We know that the injured players are killing this team. Every other team knows that too. They’re not stupid.

Mets management needs to worry less about what Manuel is saying and more about how to avoid a disaster in the inaugural season at Citi Field.

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Although I don’t have a degree in journalism, I love writing about the New York Mets. I’m the typical writer without access. My only accessibility to the Mets is sitting in the stands (often the upper tank) and watching on TV like most fans. I’m not a member of the media, just a fan expressing opinions.

6 thoughts on “Mets Brass Tells Manuel To Shut Up

  1. Dave

    If I were Mets management I’d tell Manuel to shut up too. And as a fan I find it disconcerting to have the manager joke about finding a bat under the table moments after suffering a loss. I like Manuel to be forthcoming about the issues but I’d like to see him as being more serious about it rather than joking about it. I know he’s a competitor and wants to win but it doesn’t appear that way when he makes jokes that way.

    1. Dave Doyle Post author

      Baseball is such a long season that you can’t cry about every loss. Life goes on. I understand where Manuel is coming from but I know what you’re saying. Maybe his timing could be better about when his comments are made.

  2. Ceetar

    Fire Him. It’s obvious him and the organization aren’t on the same page about a lot of things, such as Murphy’s place in the organization, or if Martinez should be up here if he’s not going to play everyday.

    Manuel insults your/our intelligence with every word out of his mouth. He almost never acts on what he says, but the media has this ‘relationship’ with him based on good soundbites. If you want to keep Manuel around as a media relations guy, fine, but can we stop him from mismanaging this team to death?

    1. Dave Doyle Post author

      I don’t think there’s any chance that he’ll be fired this season. There’s no way the Wilpon’s will pay for three managers in the same season. Don’t forget that Willie Randolph is still on the payroll this year. Love him or hate him, Manuel is here for at least this season.

      1. Ceetar

        Manuel isn’t really making that much money.

        A replacement manager, if they actually did the leg work and found someone they liked, would cost roughly the same as the money they’re saving by Randolph working for the Brewers. Unless it’s Bobby Valentine, but I don’t know that they would do that anyway.

        If Manuel continues to be the disaster he is with the bullpen, and with the lineup, he may force their hand. More importantly, the media may finally pick up on it and force Omar’s hand like they did with Willie last year.

  3. TD

    The fundamentals killed them last year. It’s killing them this year as well. Injuries are certainly not helping the situation.
    Based on stats, Jerry has done no better than Willie.

    Met’s record after 76 games
    June 30, 2008
    37-39 RS 350 RA 358
    June 30,2009
    37-39 RS 342 RA 354
    Injuries were not nearly as prevalent last year as this year. And the Met’s picked it up after Willie’s departure. Delgado and Beltran were big reasons for the resurgence. That’s not going to happen this year. Gil Hodges couldn’t make this team win right now. I don’t like Jerry but keep him around.

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