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Omar Minaya likely to be "reassigned" after the season

Sep 8, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

Jon Heyman reports that Omar Minaya is likely to be “reassigned” this year. Which is a way of firing him without really firing him, seeing as though he still has a year on his contract. Minaya came up through scouting and is said to both enjoy it and have a good eye for it, so maybe he’ll be some sort of Scout Emeritus or something.

Heyman drops Kevin Towers’ name as a replacement but thinks assistant GM John Ricco is more likely. I tend to agree. Towers doesn’t want any part of a dysfunctional ownership group, which is what the Mets are. Ricco is far more beholden to the Wilpons and would likely do exactly what they want. Which is how they seem to like it.

Heyman also notes that Bob Melvin is no longer considered to be the front runner for the Mets managerial job.  Hard to say if he ever truly was — Heyman had been the only one reporting that, and had been for a long time — but now he says that’s no longer operative. In his defense it made sense in that the Wilpons brought him in as a vague advisor that looked more like a manager-in-waiting gig than anything else.  Heyman says that Wally Backman is a distinct possibility.

If the Mets follow form, they’ll see what the newspapers and talk radio says about all of this before they make their decision. 

  1. JimmyY - Sep 8, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    He should be “reassigned” to the unemployment office.

  2. Old Gator - Sep 8, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    He should be “reassigned” to the guillotine. With that backstabbing slimebag of a manager right behind. Show them their asses. It will be worth it.

  3. The Ol Goaler - Sep 8, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Hey, Gator, how’s Madame Defarge doin’? The Mets have to pay Omar for one more season, whether he actually does anything or not; might as well get some use outta the guy. Jerry Manuel? Not so much… I suspect (ahem) “he gawn”… (Yes, that’s a Charles Dickens and a “Hawk” Harrelson reference in the same post. Ya gotta problem wid dat?)

  4. imabigdog - Sep 9, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    I think I speak for all Phillies fans when I say…”Please don’t “reassigned” him”

  5. gitdog - Sep 9, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    I am a long time Mets fan, Does anyone remember Casey Stengel!. The Mets are in need of a complete overhaul in management personnel, including ownership. The Wilpons have given Minaya millions of dollars to put forth a very competitive team and he just pisses it away. How can an owner continue to let him to this. Next the Wilpons need to relinquish control of the team to good baseball people. Finally and most importantly the Mets need a change in attitude. They have played like losers for too long. They need a winning manager with a postive personality to convince the players that they are good. BRING ON BOBBY VALENTINE. I expect that he still has that winning passion and he can do the job that is not being done now. Look what Buck is doing in Baltimore.

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