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Mets designate Opening Day cleanup hitter Mike Jacobs for assignment

Apr 18, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

Only the Mets could bat someone in the cleanup spot Opening Day and then designate him for assignment less than two weeks later, but that’s what they did today with first baseman Mike Jacobs.
After starting Jacobs in six of the first eight games with Daniel Murphy on the disabled list the Mets dropped him from the 40-man roster this afternoon, calling up Tobi Stoner to have an extra arm in the bullpen following last night’s marathon win over the Cardinals.
Jacobs is an overrated, mediocre hitter with a terrible glove, so letting him go is perfectly reasonable. The funny part is that for the first two games of the season Jerry Manuel looked at his available options and decided putting Jacobs in between David Wright and Jason Bay gave the Mets their best chance to win.
And then, once he got over that insanity, Manuel batted Jacobs fifth behind Wright and Bay in four of the next six games.
Adam Rubin of speculates that cutting Jacobs loose could signal the impending arrival of first base prospect Ike Davis, who began the season at Triple-A despite a very impressive spring training. Davis is 12-for-33 (.364) with two homers and three doubles in 10 games at Buffalo, but the 2008 first-round pick just turned 23 years old last month and has played a grand total of 65 games above Single-A.
Of course, no one has ever accused the Mets of having a plan, let alone sticking to one.

  1. Stone - Apr 18, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    So what is the over/under on Manuel getting fired? By the All Star break? By the end of the season? He seems to be making poor decisions and losing his players. We have already seen Franceour and K Rod call him out for making bad moves. Who’s next?

  2. Old Gator - Apr 18, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Congratulations; if you’re not an actual Mutts fan, you have just joined the STFU club. There are no Faustian bargains involved, either. Your soul is your own. Mephistophiles lost interest in the Mutts when there no classy managers left for Jerry Manuel to stab in the back.
    Matter of fact, I’m thinking of copying the Craig Cartoon (which is not some extenuated anagram of “Craig Carton,” whatever you want to believe) off the Tweetypie window and making up T-shirts at with that image and the legend, STFU Club: Proud Member. If Craig can’t wangle me rights to the MSNBC Peacock, he knows damned well – and his bosses should too – that I’m perfectly capable of coming up with some deranged looking bird image that will do the original no honor whatsoever. Think about it, suits.

  3. Mets Fan - Apr 18, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Hey loser, suck a dick

  4. Mets Fan - Apr 18, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    Hey buddy shut up nobody cares what you say. You are a loser. I do not know who you are. But I kno you are a loser. I would like to punch you in the face. Your Welcome.

  5. Johnnypovs - Apr 18, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Fine choice of words, Mets Fan.

  6. Keef - Apr 18, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Manuel warmed up KRod almost every inning last night. KRod said he threw over a hundred pitches before he even entered the game. Does that make sense to anybody? If your star closer is gonna throw over a hundred pitches, maybe you might as well have him do it in a game. Tell me how many managers would let that happen? I’m not even a Mets fan, I just hate to see bad managers abuse their pitching staff…

  7. John Pileggi - Apr 18, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    The kid can use at least another month in Triple A. Let’s not rush him. Murphy is the guy for now and he is due back soon. Jacobs would not have made the team if not for the Murphy injury, so this is no dramatic move, merely a delayed one. Plus, the 20 inning marathon forced a pitching move.

  8. ny-hater - Apr 18, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    As usual, Mets, Jets fans are the classLESS, uneducated, scum of the Earth. Do they have High Schools in Queens?

  9. Jack Meoffer - Apr 18, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Ok, I am going to take some crap for this, but I don’t care. Manuel will be fired when Omay Minaya finds a minority candidate to replace him. He (Minaya) has be intent on creating a mostly hispanic team for years now which has obvioulsy not paid off. Instead of hiring the most qualified manager or best players, he is trying to fill a role in for people who the rest of MLB wanted no part of.

  10. Jon S. - Apr 19, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    A couple years ago I went to a Mets game in full Braves regalia and sat among them as Chuck James shut their entire offense down. They were quite pleasant with more of an “aw shucks, the Braves beat us again” attitude. I wouldn’t have expected it.
    Mets fans are okay by my books. It’s just their team is a joke.

  11. Ryan - Apr 19, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    Hey, come on, that’s not nice… you didn’t include the Yankees, Knicks and the Rangers, they need some hate too.

  12. Batterup - Apr 19, 2010 at 2:26 AM

    Sounds like the A’s & Jack “Bust” Cust.

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