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Jeff Francoeur says Mets are "110 percent" behind Jerry Manuel

Apr 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

Francoeur Mets.jpegAccording to MetsBlog, last night on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, host Seth Everett said Jeff Francoeur, John Maine, Jose Reyes and Johan Santana were unhappy with manager Jerry Manuel. This forced Francoeur to issue a denial before Saturday’s game against the Cardinals, via Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

“We’re 10 games into the season. We’ve lost a lot of close games,”
Francoeur said. “We’re behind Jerry 110 percent. Are you always going to
agree with everything a manager does? No. Nobody does. At the same
time, he’s our manager. He’s a guy that has fought for us, stuck up for
us through a tough offseason, through this time. We’re here for him at
this point to stick behind him because he’s the guy we want leading us
out there.”

I hope Francoeur learns his lesson here. Earlier in the week he told reporters that he would like to see Jose Reyes remain as the leadoff man as opposed to batting third. It’s a reasonable opinion to have, but he should have had the presence of mind to realize that the press would run with the story, positioning it as though he was questioning his manager’s authority. It’s really a frivolous storyline when there are many other aspects of Manuel’s decision-making that are fair-game for criticism.

  1. Amol - Apr 17, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    I’m betting that under hypnosis he’d admit that you can’t be 110% behind anything, since 100% is, by definition, the maximum amount of support you can give.

  2. metsfan - Apr 18, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    As long as Manuel is manager, the Mets will never be a winning team. Not even following them again this year until they get a new manager. They should bring back Bobby Valentine or Davey Johnson as manager. When you have so so talent, you need a good manager to win games, Manuel is not the man for this job. They should boot his a** out of New York, he is a loser with a loser attitude.

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