Mets Blog shares his thoughts on Mets COO Jeff Wilpons recent trip to Atlanta.
Upon hearing this news, many Mets fans were quick to assume that Manuel was due to lose his job if the team struggled on their current road trip. Its funny how not too long ago the Mets were in the midst of an 8 game winning streak, but now a few weeks later Jerry Manuel is on the verge of losing his job. At this point, I think it would be best for the Mets to just keep Manuel for the remainder of the season, because if they were to fire him he would likely be replaced with Bob Melvin, and lets be honest, Bob Melvin is not the answer for the team. I keep thinking about what things would be like if Bobby Valentine were to return to New York. He is the only option available that I feel like knows how to handle the type of things that would be thrown at him in New York.
Fish Stripes is blogging about…what else…Hanley Ramirez’s benching.
Any baseball fan hates to see this happen to a young superstar, it seems as though Hanley is beginning to get a big head. If one things for certain, either Hanley or manager Freddi Gonzalez will not return to Florida in 2011, and my gut feeling tells me its going to be Gonzalez who will leave. Think about it, with Bobby Cox leaving after this year it makes prefect sense for Gonzalez to return back to Atlanta to take charge of the Braves. I do believe that the foul ball off of Hanley’s foot was a legitimate injury, but I also think that when going after the ball in the outfield he over exaggerated how painful it really was. It will be interesting to see how this plays out with not just the Marlins management, but also the (few) fans that they have.
With Pat Burrell recently being cut by the Rays, Braves Blast wonders why Atlanta shouldn’t take a chance on him.
Although he makes some valid points, I just see the whole idea as unnecessary. Ever since Burrell left Philadelphia he has fell of the face of the earth, which is shocking considering how much he meant to the development of the Phillies we know today. If the reason for Atlanta signing being to “kill the Mets” or other teams in the East, I just wouldn’t bother, there has to be someone in the Braves system they can call up or another option they can call upon. This season is a great time to give some young players a chance to perform in the show, so why roll the dice on a washed up player hoping to strike gold?
Following another Roy Halladay complete game, but this one coming in a loss, Phillies Nation compares the durable pitcher to a toy…just trying to play with it as much as you can without breaking it.
Phillies fans have the right to be spoiled with Roy Halladays durability; just like Toronto fans did in the years before. It is rare this day in age that a pitcher comes around that can be as reliable as Doc and put up the innings that he has so far this year. The only concern Phillie fans have is if he is going to be ready to go come October. Halladay has already logged an incredible amount of innings so far this year, which may seem unnecessary considering how the Phillies are likely going to run away with the division once again, so what is the point of keeping him out there in April and May? Obviously the Philadelphia bullpen has been up and down all year, but that shouldn’t be an excuse for keeping the “best pitcher in the world” in late game situations. Considering how many innings he has thrown not just this year, but in previous years as well, it wouldn’t surprise me if Halladay begins to break down in the next year or two.
Federal Baseball recaps the Nationals clutch win over the Mets in a game which saw Angel Pagan become the first player since 1955 to record a inside the park home run and a triple play in the same game.
I was lucky enough to have attended this game, my first at Nationals Park, and wow…what an experience. Excluding all of the amazing plays on display tonight I just want to say that in all of the major league stadiums I have been to in my life, Nationals Park is probably at the top of the list. A great atmosphere, knowledgeable fans, numerous high fives from the mascots (I snuck down to one of the first rows), and a great game, all contributed to an amazing night. This team really is heading in the right direction. The only problem I had came on Pagans triple play. To the average fan at the game, we could not tell if Pagan had caught the ball cleanly or if it had bounced off the ground, then when he overthrew it to second resulting in Blanco throwing it to Reyes at second then to Davis at first to complete the triple play, many were left wondering what exactly had transpired. As the Mets ran off the field while the umpires deliberated, I kept a keen eye on the scoreboard to see a replay to clarify what had just happened, only to the Nationals “W” logo spin round and round. To be honest, I was not 100% sure that the Mets had pulled off the triple play until I arrived back home. Only the Mets can pull off an inside the park home run and triple play by the same player in the same game…and still lose.