“Time to give Jerry Manuel an extension. He has fostered a positive vibe around the Mets.” -From Sports Illustrated writer Jon Heyman’s twitter earlier today.
Keep in mind readers, this is the opinion of a sports journalist who believes Andy Pettitte is Hall of Fame worthy. I really had to see this on Jon Heyman’s Twitter with my own eyes when I heard Evan Roberts talking about this on WFAN on Tuesday. So far with the Mets, Jerry Manuel’s tenure has been highlighted by an agonizing collapse in 2008, and a completely lost season in 2009. For 2009, we could of course look at the injuries as an excuse, but the way the product that was on the field performed at times was certainly inexcusable.
To be frank, firing Jerry Manuel would have been a move the team ultimately would have been disaffected by. It wouldn’t have addressed the main problems the team was facing. I can’t say I dislike Jerry Manuel. Sure, he seems to talk in circles during some post-game interviews and some of his in-game strategy is questionable at times. However, I do genuinely believe that he is a players manager, and this season so far, the team is performing at a competitive level. Manuel’s head has been raised from the chopping block, and the fascination with Bob Melvin among Mets faithful is no longer visible in the rear-view mirror. Continue reading
SI’s Jon Heyman joins Richard Neer on WFAN, subbing for Mike Francesa, to talk about MLB in general and the Johan Santana injury situation.
Darryl Strawberry joins WFAN’s Boomer & Carton to talk about joining the Mets this week for spring training. He also talks about his book “Straw: Finding My Way”.
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The Mets signing of Oliver Perez to a 3-year/$36 million deal is bringing comments from several regulars on WFAN. First, Mets beat reporter talks to Steve Somers.
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Second, SI.com’s Jon Heyman joins Boomer & Carton to talk about the Perez deal and Manny Ramirez.
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Agent Scott Boras talks to Mike Francesa about the free agent market this year. The economy’s impact on players contracts is discussed.
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SI’s Jon Heyman joins Mike Francesa to talk about the latest hot stove news.
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SI’s Jon Heyman joins Chris Carlin and Kim Jones on WFAN to talk hot stove baseball. The main topic of this interview is the slow development of the free agent market this off-season.
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SI’s Jon Heyman talks to Mike Francesa on WFAN about the Mark Teixeira signing with the Yankees. And he covers all of the hot stove activities.
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We all know that the Mets need a closer and one or two starting pitchers. There’s a hole in left field right now and several spots on the bench are open. The Mets have an underperforming second baseman and several relief pitchers that aren’t getting the job done.
There aren’t any secrets about what the Mets need. And Jon Heyman of SI does a nice job of ranking the available players in his column and projects potential contracts for many of the players. Heyman always does a nice job with the baseball scuttlebutt and it’s rumored that he’s a sounding board for “anonymous” Mets front office personnel in the form of Jeff Wilpon.
CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Manny Ramirez, and Francisco Rodriguez highlight the list of free agents this off-season. But there are plenty of good, if not great, players out on the market right now and that doesn’t even include the players being offered up as trade bait like Matt Holliday.
Check out Heyman’s column here.
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Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman check in from the GM meetings in Dana Point, CA with all of the latest news about free agents and potential trades. Most of these rumors never end up becoming reality but it’s fun to listen to anyway.