What the Wilpon's will and should do
Posted on: April 14, 2010 7:55 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2010 7:58 pm
Over-under on Minaya and Manuel getting fired on or before June 1?
If they go 1-5 on this trip, expect the crowds to be the lowest in Citifield history. They've already had the 2 lowest in the first 6 games. My guess is that and SNY's dwindling ratings, might prompt a change fairly soon. It might be sooner than many believe. All the Wilpon's care about is who comes to the park and watches on TV. Winning is not their main concern. The fans aren't either. They've proven that all too clearly.
Here's what the Wilpon's will do, then what they should do....
What they will do...
The Mets will fire Minaya, when they fire Manuel. Make no mistake, they're joined at the hip. The Mets will then promote Wayne Krivsky(solid baseball guy) from asst.GM to the interim spot. Bob Melvin(mediocre) will be promoted from his scouting position to interim manager. The Wilpon's will put on a phony front and say these men are fit for the team and could turn it around like the Rockies did after making a change. They'll say they're being proactive(I hate that word!) and have high expectations. Pure unadulterated bullcrap.
Here's what they should do...
Fire Minaya and Manuel immediately. I mean on this road trip. Fire them Sunday afternoon and have a press conference before a nationally televised game vs the Cardinals. In this presser, they promote Krivsky and hire Wally Backman. They move Terry Collins to batting coach and Ricky Bones to pitching coach. They send Razor Shines packing and bring in Bob Melvin as bench coach. They keep Chip Hale and move Jauss to 1B.
Then they state they're cleaning house. Krivsky gets on the horn and deals Beltran(if he's actually doing "baseball activities" by then) before he returns in June for prospects, including one MLB ready starter and in the process save 35 million. They promote Martinez to play CF and tell him it's his job. If he does well, he's the guy in 2011. If not, he's gone too in the off-season.
The Mets deal( or just have him sit on the bench) Murphy and promote Ike Davis currently hitting .350 @ AAA. They cut Tatis. They also waive Castillo and promote Tejada to play everyday. Cora stays as his back-up.
The Mets also trade Perez eating 2/3's of his salary. They give Maine until late May to get it together or demote him. Nieve or Takahashi temporarily take Perez's spot. Hopefully, one of the prospects from dealing Beltran will be able to step in long-term.
Mejia is immediately demoted to AA to pitch every 5th day. The Mets move him to Triple A, if he does well. The goal is a year of starting in the "high" minors and a September look.
Barajas catches, but if he slumps or gets hurt, Thole comes up and plays virtually everyday. The Methusala back-up(Blanco) is demoted or waived.
The team plays 2010 to get better. Backman is a feisty guy and motivator. He's proven at every level, he can win and get maximum effort from his players. He's MLB's answer to Rex Ryan, minus about 100 pounds. They get the kids real playing time with a real manager and GM. They make Mets fans proud and give them real hope, not the utter despair this administration has heaped on this team.
It's time for real change...<!-- google_ad_section_end -->