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Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension?

Jun 15, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

No, he doesn’t. And I apologize for a headline that would even suggest that I think he does. But that’s the question SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt poised on his Twitter account today:

Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension?
Ill ask him on pre-game tonight.

Even better than poising the question rhetorically is asking Manuel himself.  I would probably pay $50 to hear Manuel say something like this:

Well, Kevin, I don’t. Our recent surge has far more to do with some key roster moves, the rotation really stepping things up and, let’s be honest, a weekend series against the Orioles didn’t hurt.  I’d say I’m a good fifth or sixth on the list of people who should get credit for us being in second place.  Really, a lot of managers could do it.”

Well, a boy can dream, can’t he?

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jun 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Not really big on having him manage NOW. The best thing for the Metropolitans would be to have them take their respective horses and never cross the Shea-Ebbets Field-Bank of checks-bounced threshold again.

  2. Brian - Jun 15, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    These are the sorts of things Met fans talk about, sadly. Apparently there’s a growing movement to sign Rod Barajas to a contract extension. The same Rod Barajas who has never before been a league average hitter, but is doing it now at 34. Smart organizations would offer him arbitration and hope for a comp pick. The Mets will probably sign him to a two year extension they’ll regret somewhere around month 3.

  3. Dave - Jun 15, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    It’s ridiculous reactions like this that had me so conflicted about this season. Spending a whole summer watching bad baseball isn’t fun, but if a decent showing saves either Omar or Jerry from the chopping block is it really worth it?

  4. BC - Jun 16, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    I’m in the same position now with the Mets that I was in when Jim Fassel coached the Giants. I WANT THEM TO SUCK SO THEY CAN EVERYONE AND INSTALL COMPETENT PEOPLE TO RUN THE TEAM.
    Now where’s my %@!!#%$!!@ Maalox…?

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