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Why hasn’t Ike Davis been sent down yet?

May 23, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

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The Mets first baseman is having a train wreck of a season thus far. He’s hitting .147/.236/.245, which is horrible even on a horrible Mets offense. And his poor hitting seems to be infecting his fielding too. See, yesterday’s non-play on a ball he though was foul but which he turned into a game-killing double.

With all of Ike Davis‘ struggles, there has been a growing chorus calling for him to be demoted to Las Vegas. But it hasn’t happened yet. Why? Andy Martino of the Daily News has multiple possible explanations. This one sort of seems the most satisfying, though:

One source said that Sandy Alderson is out of town until Friday.  This is not a determining factor, but it is not trivial, either; if the team is going to demote a core player, the general manager would want to be in the meeting, able to explain the decision to Davis.

It would be hard for a guy who has been told he’s one of the franchise’s cornerstones to be sent down via a cell phone call, so maybe that’s what everyone is waiting for. But Martino has some non-logistical answers too.

No matter the case, it’s been ugly so far for Davis. Whether it’s Queens or Vegas, he’s gotta figure it out soon.

  1. baseballicious - May 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Because Tim Collins WANTS to be fired

    • chill1184 - May 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Collins has no say in those decisions, thats up to Alderson.

      • geoknows - May 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Tim Collins pitches for the Royals.

      • baseballicious - May 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        touché

      • baseballicious - May 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Fair enough…So Alderson wants to be fired as well. At any rate, Ike Davis is one of those guys who needs a fresh start…they should try to move him and hope they can sell him at the value of his potential and not his current play.

    • Kevin S. - May 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Why would a diminutive middle reliever care about a struggling first baseman on another team if he was trying to lose his job?

    • chill1184 - May 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Davis value is at zero right now and as far as Alderson goes I dont know what hes thinking and neither does anyone else.

  2. alang3131982 - May 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Is Vegas even worth it though? Does it really help if he goes to an environment against inferior competition that really unnaturally improves hitting? It’s possible he’ll learn something there, but also that he’ll go down, mash and come back quickly with nothing having changed.

    The Mets arent going anywhere — why not continue to learn on the job? It’s still a bit early and he hit .201/.207/.271 in 295 PAs in 2012′s first half. Only 161 PAs so far…if you didnt send him down last year, why this year?

    • neoshweaty - May 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but maybe they can pay more attention to him in AAA? Work on his mechanics and spend more time trying to get him right again? I’m as big a mets fan as any and have tried to believe in Ike but this first half slump is something else. You’re right, the mets arent going any where so why not bring up some guy from the minors to see what he has. Can’t be any worse than Davis and it could just be he needs to get away from NY for a little bit to clear his head.

    • kevinbnyc - May 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Even just to get some confidence back, it can’t hurt. He looks lost out there.

  3. chill1184 - May 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Because of his second half last season, Davis bought himself some time but yea its pretty F-ing frustrating and seeing him play like Jason Bay is downright scary.

  4. mississippimusicman - May 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    As a Braves fan, I’d prefer they wait until next week.

  5. proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Who does not belong between Ike Clanton, Ike Davis, Ike Eisenhauer and Ike Turner?

    • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Hint: None of the above were President.

      • chacochicken - May 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        I’m ambivalent toward Ike.

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Ike Davis, Ike Turner and Ike Clanton do have Wiki entries. Ike Eisenhower has one also, but I did not ask about him.

    • Old Gator - May 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Ike Turner. I do not believe any of the others were wife beaters.

      • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        Not sure if Ike Clanton was ever married, but he drank a lot and had a bad temper, so it is quite possible that he did beat saloon women. He did die with his boots on.

  6. mathieug79 - May 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Because of his defense….LOL

  7. mungman69 - May 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Watched that play yesterday. Ike’s head ain’t in the game. You gotta do somethin wit him.

  8. sdelmonte - May 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Justin Turner’s been decent so far – well, better than Ike – so it’s not like the Mets don’t have a reasonable option there.

    Ike has to go to Triple A. But Alderson (as I noted elsewhere today) seems to be off his game of late, too.

    • chill1184 - May 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Better off using Duda at first IMO

      • bolweevils2 - May 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        True, Duda’s best position would be first (or DH). But would you wouldn’t move Duda to first unless you weren’t planning on bringing Davis back eventually. (Or, unless you were planning on trading one of the two)

  9. paperlions - May 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Because the Mets aren’t competitive this year, and the Mets KNEW they weren’t going to be competitive this year, so letting Davis try to figure it out in the Majors isn’t hurting the team. Not like bringing up 28 yr old Josh Satin from AAA is going to help much. If Davis can’t figure it out, at some point he needs to go down to work on his mechanics….I guess…but if your team currently sucks, I don’t see any problem using the season to try to improve for the future.

  10. mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    If I were the GM of this alleged team, working for these owners, I’d spend a lot of time out of the office, too.

    “Man, I don’t care HOW much I’m getting paid, this sh** just isn’t worth it! Bartender, another triple, please.”

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