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OK, maybe Bobby Valentine isn't the best pick for the Mets

Apr 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

Bob Melvin.jpegThe morning I made a half-hearted case for Bobby Valentine to take over as the Mets’ manager if and when Jerry Manuel gets fired. Part of my half-heartedness about it all was that I was agreeing with Mike Lupica, but part of it was based on the sense that while hiring Bobby Valentine could maybe make the Mets exciting again . . . hiring Bobby Valentine could make the Mets exciting again. In a bad way.  Things almost always seem to end badly for Valentine, and they ended rather badly the last time he left New York.

Jon Heyman — another guy I don’t always enjoy agreeing with, but who in this case I think is right — makes the point better than I just did:

Judging by what’s being said, the most popular choice for successor
would be Bobby Valentine, who did a superb job as Mets manager in
his first go-round, from 1996 through 2002. But Mets ownership seems
reluctant to go for Valentine II, according to people who talk to them.
[Bob] Melvin did a respectable job in Arizona, where he got the team to the
NLCS in 2007 and was known as a solid guy who was very receptive to
front office suggestions. In other words, he’ll be better than Valentine
at doing exactly what the bosses say without challenging them too much.

The Mets front office wants a company man, and Bobby Valentine, for all of his wonderful traits, is not a company man.

  1. EShine - Apr 16, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    If being a “company man” means continuing to bend over when the front office signs bad deals, doesn’t strengthen areas of need, and is foolish with their minor league system, then I don’t want that. This team is bad from top to bottom. Bobby V may not be the best answer, but “Yes” men haven’t gotten us very far. If the front office starts getting smart about the team it fields at all levels, then they probably won’t hear to much from Valentine.

  2. Jimmy - Apr 16, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Bobby Valentine may not be the man for the job but hiring Bob Melvin is definitely not going to get this fan base excited again.

  3. ditmars1929 - Apr 16, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Craig, if Lupica thinks it’s a good idea, then clearly it is not. A really good idea would be Lupica NOT writing about sports, politics, and his one inch hard on for Elmore Leonard and crappy reality tv programming.
    Hiring Valentine would create an initial bit of excitement, but it will be short-lived, as this franchise is so pathetic that it doesn’t matter who the manager is. (Hey, how about Lupica for manager???)
    The Wilpons won’t bring Valentine back because, while I’m not a Valentine fan myself, the Wilpons don’t have the balls to bring back a manager with balls. They prefer a lackey, such as Mr. Smithers.
    You know what would really excite the Met fanbase? The Wilpons selling the team. Then again, since the Mets can’t do a fucking thing right, they’d probably wind up with James Dolan as the new owner.

  4. YANKEES1996 - Apr 16, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    That is exactly right the Wilpon family is not interested in an manager, they are looking for a “YES” man. Bobby Valentine should know better than to make that type of a mistake, afterall this ain’t his first rodeo. The Mets ownership is riding some type of delusional wave and they simply want a scapegoat. I have know idea how Omar has kept his job, he must know where the bodies are buried. So, that makes the manager the scapegoat no matter who it is Jerry Manuel or Bobby Valentine or Bob Melvin or any other poor schlub they manage to hire after Manuels’ demise. Unemployed managers run and hide don’t answer the phone if the Mets front office number comes up on your caller ID.

  5. john pileggi - Apr 16, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    A company man will mean sustained, prolonged and fan-losing mediocrity.

  6. Ryan - Apr 16, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    I’m just suprised that Heyman didn’t mention something about “5 or 6 teams are looking at Bobby Valentine” and that “the Mets should act fast.”

  7. Frank - Apr 16, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Bobby V belongs in New York , as Bobby Cox in Atlanta , LaRussa in St.Louis & Scioscia with the Angels. The Wilpons chose the character of Steve Philips over Bobby V and I trust
    they will never ever hire him again. I can’t wait for attendance to drastically drop come the months of June and July !!!!!

  8. steve-in-greenlawn - Apr 17, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    If Bobby was manager the last three years I doubt there would have been TWO late season collapses. At the very least his teams don’t choke, and he has a history of going far with less talent.

  9. ANGRY FORMER NEW YORKER - Apr 20, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    We have all seen this circus long enough. Time to get rid of the following:
    1. Omar “The Tent” Maker Minaya “The Liar”
    2. Ollie “Walkman” Perez
    3. Luis “Tacos” Castillo
    4. Freddie “Coupon” Wilpon
    When will this organization ever wake up? The fans will diminish as the season rears it’s ugly head. The product on the field is a joke! Mets hitting a league low .163 with runners in scoring position. Arizona State could beat the Mets at this point. We trade for Jason Bay and he turns into Sheepshead Bay.Truly amazing how players who were very good come to the Mets and go in the tank.The need a manager with a backbone and not some whimp who goers through the motions. We are no better off with Manuel than we were with Art Howe.

  10. ANGRY FORMER NEW YORKER - Apr 20, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    I WANT TO BE LIKE IKE! Ike Davis is the real deal as I watched him play for Arizona State. He is a quality hitter who should be better with more playing time. He is definately one of the bright spots for the MUTS!

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