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Mets might already be mapping out offseason firings

Sep 12, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

Ken Davidoff of New York's Newsday has some predictions -- we'll call them educated guesses -- as to how the Mets will adjust their management and upper management situations this offseason. First, Davidoff says that general manager Omar Minaya "very likely...

Ken Davidoff of New York’s Newsday has some predictions — we’ll call them educated guesses — as to how the Mets will adjust their management and upper management situations this offseason.

First, Davidoff says that general manager Omar Minaya “very likely will be” reassigned to a different tole and that Jerry Manuel “won’t be back as manager.”  Davidoff expects those moves to be made on October 4 or 5, right after the regular season ends.

As for replacements?  The Mets, according to Davidoff, will probably pull a person from outside the organization to head up baseball operations.  Manuel’s post, however, is “more likely” to go to a candidate with ties to the Mets, like a Wally Backman or maybe even Bobby Valentine.

Valentine managed the Mets from 1996 to 2002 and hasn’t played the role of skipper in the majors since his firing.  But any bad blood between the organization and Bobby V has likely faded over the last eight years.

Backman was a popular player in Queens back in the 80s and is currently managing the Brooklyn Cyclones, a Mets affiliate.  The higher-ups in the organization “seem to think he’s ready,” according to Davidoff, and he should come at a much lighter salary than Valentine.

This is sure to be a hot news item into early October.  We’ll keep you updated on any kind of movement.

  1. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Sep 12, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Where would one submit a resume and cover letter for the GM job?
    Being that these are the Mets, I assume my fantasy baseball acumen and success at building a team that could oppose the infamous American Dreams in the old “Baseball Stars” game for the NES constitutes plenty of experience?!

  2. djeg07 - Sep 12, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    must say davey johnson would and should be canidate if bobby v is going to be one. I would look at a valuable retread, no eric wedge though, but others, the mets for too long have sucked through bad management from top to bottom, omar minaya was good at montreal trading talent for young players, (sounds like cleveland now) but a GM like john hart that built a team in the 90′s in cleveland with veterans and trades was great, atlanta as well for a longer period of time. key is getting a GM that has done work in the past with winners and ownership willing to spend a little. Thats why cleveland, pittsburgh, and maybe houston at this point wont get close.

  3. Mavix - Sep 12, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    As long as Minaya and Manuel are gone from directly running this team, I would be happy with Backman as manager and Bobby V as the GM, eventhough Bobby V would be better at managing.

  4. Proudly Canadian - Sep 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    How about a seasoned GM like J. P. Richardi? He knows how to mess things up.

  5. Old Gator - Sep 13, 2010 at 7:42 AM

    How old is Davey Johnson now, like, 90 or so? Do you really want a manager who needs to take up half the dugout space for his respirator?

  6. Old Gator - Sep 13, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Valentine is a little too comfortable doing what he’s doing, and if he took the job I don’t think that working for the Wilpons again would hold his interest very long. That, plus every time he found himself in the dugout opposite that of the Feesh, he’d be lost in reveries over what might have been. On the other hand, I think Backman would make a terrific manager. He’s been a winner everywhere he’s ensconced himself, except maybe in family court. He’s hungry, smart, savvy and a great motivator, and a great judge of talent, except maybe in ex-wives. But then, that’s just something he and I have in common so I’m probably biased.

  7. Old Gator - Sep 13, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    I think he’d be an excellent replacement for Omar Minaya. And he’s not even a Muslim!

  8. willmose - Sep 13, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    The Mets need a GM and manager that gets hurt often and have prolonged periods where they cannot do their jobs. In short, a GM and manager that mirror their players. Regardless of any management changes, the Mets will be awesome when they get healthy.

  9. Jonny5 - Sep 13, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Manuel has totally lost this team. They show no respect for him at all. Did anyone see the total lack of respect shown by Pelfry when Manuel lifted him against the Phillies over the weekend? Pelfry refused to even look at Jerry, kept his back to him, refused to hand Manuel the ball, then handed the ball to the reliever and gave him a pat, as if he were the manager. Not one player for the Mets that were on that mound really gave Manuel the time of day when he came out to get the ball from the starter. It’s as if they really loathe him. I feel the biggest mistake Minaya made was placing Manuel in as manager.

  10. Benny Blanco - Sep 13, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Love Baseball Stars. A great game made way before its time.

  11. BC - Sep 13, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Bring back Dallas Green! Or better yet, Earl Weaver, who I think IS 90.

  12. BC - Sep 13, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    I checked – Minaya and Manuel’s jobs aren’t posted yet.
    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/help/jobs.jsp?c_id=nym
    Maybe they’re on Monster….

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