Handicapping Manager Race

Looks like we’ll have a decision on manager by Sun/Mon with a press conference on Tues.

Since we’re in the homestretch BMF is posting the odds for each man.

Terry Collins 2-1 Looking like the clear front runner

Bob Melvin 4-1 Def in the mix but I just don’t see him getting the gig.

Chip Hale 5-1 Might be the right combination of savvy and cheap to pull off an upset.

Wally Backman 9-1 Sorry, as much as I’d love to see it I just don’t think Sandy is handing the Keys to Wally.

These odds are the result of great deliberation, hours of highly scientific research and a lot of instincts based on nothing more than a hunch.

8 Responses to “Handicapping Manager Race”

  1. BlondiesJake Says:

    Maybe it will be a new manager plus Cliff Lee package. Now that would be worth the wait!

  2. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    Maybe Cliff Lee could be the new manager. Think about it: you save the manager’s salary, and ensure that only Cliff Lee would make the determination about when Cliff Lee would have to come out of a game. That alone could net us five or six extra wins a season.

  3. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    My $ is on Bob Melvin!…I don’t think Sandy is going to be giving the keys to any of these managers at all. That is why only these four in house guys afre left.

    If he wanted to give the keys to a manager he would have hired Bobby Valentine or somebody with a take charge an take no prisioners attitude.

    The manager is just going to be a front man for the front office. The real decisions are going to be made outside of the dugout and passed on down to the manager.

    Did any of you people read MONEYBALL?

  4. Original62Fan Says:

    Does it matter who is manager? Below is a quote from Cerrone’s Metsblog this morning:

    “In 1996, the headlines read ‘Clueless Joe,’ when Joe Torre was hired to manage the Yankees. Their fans were beyond disappointed. Yet, 5 years later the man could have run and won as Mayor. The point is, you never know how it will turn out. The Yankees won because of the talent on the field, not the guy sitting like at the end of the dugout. And so will the Mets.”

  5. Matt the Met Fan Says:

    Collins .. but it will be Melvin

    I am incredulous on Felix Hernandez getting Cy Young .. ?? anyone argue this? Price or CC pitched in a game that meant something every time .. we need 2 awards for MVP and Cy Young ..

    and Black over Bochy ? or even Baker ? so glad I have no vested interest in these awards ..thanks Mets !!

  6. The Coop Says:

    MtMF! I am not. In fact, I would have been more p’d off if CC did win (less so with Price). Felix Hernandez may not have had the team to back him up, but he did his part in every game and excelled in every pitcher category more so than the other two. How easy it must be to pitch with the teams backing them up like Price and CC.

  7. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    anyone else horrified at the thought of an extra wild card team? It seems almost like a done deal, but I can’t think of anything worse for baseball. If they have to expand the playoffs even further (which they absolutely do not) they should go with four divisions in each league, but the idea of a second wild card team is a terrible one for so many reasons.

  8. joeybrooklyn1976 Says:

    tdfkab. I agree that it’s probably not a good idea to expand the playoffs and a add another wild card team. Your four division solution wouldn’t work simply because of numbers. In the NL, you could get away with it because you can have four four team divisions. In the AL there are only 14 teams so you would wind up with a two team division. Make it the stanks and sox so we can here how monumental every one of the 60 games they play against each other will be! So you’d have to expand to 16 teams in the AL in my opinion, another bad idea.

    I also agree that Felix Hernandez deserved the cy young. Imagine if he got any run support (think Johan times 2)? He would have won another ten games and probably lost 5 fewer.

    I have a strange feeling that Chip Hale is going to get the job. I don’t think I’d be disappointed in that. The base running was better last year, whenever they got someone on base at least.

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