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Are the Mets really going to pick a manager based on ticket sales?

Sep 16, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

Heyman’s latest goes over the possible replacements for Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel.  This line stuck out at me:

People
within the Mets organization see ticket sales as a key issue and some
opine that Valentine could be the man to re-energize the organization in
that regard.

It’s fun to mock the Mets from time to time, but God help them and their fans if the people running that team are truly planning on making their managerial choice based on the kind of ticket sales he’ll bring.

Really: has there ever been a fan who said “you know, I wasn’t going to get season tickets, but Joe Schmo is managing, and him I gots ta see!”  I mean, maybe Earl Weaver in his prime inspired a few walkups, but those teams were at least good at baseball.

If this is true, however, it means that the Mets are already screwing up their managerial choice weeks before they even make it. Which is quite astounding, even compared to their glorious track record.

  1. SadPandaRevolt - Sep 16, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    WHY GOD!? WHY!?

  2. Simon DelMonte - Sep 16, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    If bringing back Bobby V makes fans happier and makes us think the team will contend, we will buy more tickets, or at least more tickets before the entire ’11 lineup in in place. It’s not the wisest approach but it’s not the worst either.
    And while I still don’t love the idea of turning the clock back – it smacks of the same thinking that led to Billy Martin’s third and fourth trips to the Bronx – if you really are going to hire a manager for the wrong reasons, you can do worse than hiring one with Bobby V’s skills.
    But for now, I will just assume that Heyman is off base, since his track record is as bad as the Mets.

  3. RichardInBigD - Sep 16, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I seem to recall a manager who, when hired, was probably the only marquee name the Mets had, since he was a long time favorite among the Brooklyn Dodgers faithful. His name? Gil Hodges. His legacy? The Miracle of ’69. Who’s to say it’s not a good thing?

  4. BC - Sep 16, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Hire Drew Barrymore as manager. I’d by season tickets tomorrow.

  5. RichardInBigD - Sep 16, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Alyssa Milano is a noted baseball geek, and will be in her prime longer than Drew. Plus, we know how Alyssa looks in a jersey (HOT!!!).

  6. Dan in Katonah - Sep 16, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Note to Wilpon: I do not come to Citi Field to see the damn manager (please forward this to Joe West and Bob Davidson and substitute “umpire” for “manager”). Hire the guy who will best get this flawed assemblage of over-paid, aging players to win.
    Cut to Adrian telling Rocky to just “Win” and Rocky saying “What are we waiting for?
    Cue the inspiring music montage with the homoerotic ending of Rocky and Apollo jumping in the surf.
    End scene.

  7. Adenzeno - Sep 16, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Not only do they plan on hiring a manager based on ticket sales, but they are polling 8th graders as to who they would most like to see as manager.

  8. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    If Drew Barrymore were the commandant of Stalag 17, you would have thrown away your rifle and surrendered.

  9. Benny Blanco - Sep 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Craig, you went a little overboard in your assumptions with this one. They screwing up the managerial pick because they feel Valentine will re-energize the organization and put a few extra people in the seats? This is a bad move? Bobby V has a solid track record as manager and they beleive New Yorkers like him. Which is generally true.
    I don’t see the “screw up” as you so eloquently put it.

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