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The heat is already on Jerry Manuel

Feb 19, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

Jerry Manuel.jpgIt’s a month and a half before the games start and the tabloids are already poised to pounce:

David Wright, Jose Reyes and now Johan Santana all have said they expect the Mets to win the World Series. The Mets are turning the page on an injury-plagued 2009 by making one bold statement after another. That means the pressure is on Jerry Manuel like never before.

The manager has to produce. The Mets must get off to a good start.
Manuel will offer up his State of the Mets address today with his first
formal press conference of the 2010 season. He has made it clear the
Mets have to get off to that good start.

I’m not the world’s biggest Jerry Manuel fan, but to the extent this Mets team has had problems recently, I figure them to be about 50% injury-inflicted, 35% front office-inflicted and 15% on Jerry Manuel, if that.  Fact is a manager doesn’t make nearly as big a difference as most people like to pretend he does, even if he is the first to get the blame when things go sideways.  A manager’s primary job in my view is to manage the clubhouse, diffusing the strife and keeping everything on an even keel. You have to fire the skipper when he loses the clubhouse, but beyond that, personnel and health mean a lot more to a team’s chances at success than the manager.

I don’t doubt that Manuel will get fired if the team starts poorly, but unless players are fighting one another or something, that poor start won’t really be Jerry Manuel’s fault.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Feb 19, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Agreed on your analysis of management “style”, and of course appreciated yesterday’s comment on Ralph Hpuck and the ’61-’63 Yankees.
    Could have been a train wreck for the Universe last year with the ARod (leave him alone!) roids admission and hip, unless Joe had loosened up.
    Now, please Jerry just keep the clubhouse quiet or at least the half that can ciontribute. Wright and Frenchy must have become fast friends.

  2. hop - Feb 19, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Might as well fire him now cause the mets have “0” chance at winning the WS. Hell they wont even be close to making the playoffs.

  3. BC - Feb 19, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Hopefully they can Minaya first. But if the Mets start out something like 8-15, they may pull a Yogi Berra on Mr. Manuel.

  4. GCO - Feb 19, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Enough, they both need to go. Get someone who who can convince the Wilpon’s to spend their to money to at least give the Mets a chance to win.

  5. Simon DelMonte - Feb 19, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    I want to like Jerry. He’s smart, he’s got a good sense of humor, and he did a very good job of handling a lousy bullpen after Billy Wagner’s injury. I think in the right place he can be a pretty good manager.
    But I’m fairly certain NYC isn’t the right place. His efforts to maintain a sense of humor last year just don’t go down well in a city with too much self-importance. Both fans and the media wanted something else, though I’m not sure what. I guess he comes across as a less strategic Bobby Valentine.
    All that said, when Minaya is finally fired, Manuel will go. And as I expect Omar to be gone by August 1, that will settle that.

  6. Old Gator - Feb 19, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Do you know what Thomas More said to the headsman just before his execution ? He said, “Do not fear your office. You send me to God.”
    Yeah, of course he was on Nardil, but still, those are brave words. Jerry and Omar would do well to study them.

  7. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 19, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Don’t let Jerry go gansta on you, he will cut you……… :)
    Jerry is a nice guy but you can’t fire the team, ask Willy about that.Funny how since firing willy the Mets haven’t done anything.

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