Sandy Alderson has been named the new GM of the New York Mets; now the question is who will he hire to be the teams next manager?
I was convinced that Wally Backman was inline to be Jerry Manuel's successor, but now I'm not so sure. The Mets need someone tough and with some experience. Earlier, I had mistakenly claimed that Backman had no professional managerial experience. Obviosly that was incorrect. What I had intended to say was that Backman HAS had experience, but with low level teams. He was named the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, only to be let go the very next day due to some personal issues. Backman is tough and would be a nice change of pace from the laid back skippers the Mets have had like Jerry Manuel, Willie Randolph, and Art Howe. But is he ready to handle a major league ballclub? Should the team offer him another coaching position while he adjusts to life in the big leagues? I really like the idea of Clint Hurdle going to the Mets. Hurdle is currently the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers and is widely known for leading the Colorado Rockies to a World Series appearance in 2007. Expect to hear that name floating around Queens.
This will be one of the most bizarre trade rumors you have heard in a while...
First of all, I didn't even know you could include managers in trades. Second of all, there is no way this was ever going to happen. I see Mike Stanton evolving into a Mark Reynolds type of player, that is, someone who won't hit for average, but will always be a long ball threat. Definitely a player worth holding onto. Also, there is no way Ozzie Guillen would last one year with the Florida Marlins without some sort of issue between him and the front office surfacing.
Phillies Nation puts themselves in GM Ruben Amaro's shoes and wonders if it is worth extending shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
It is hard to imagine a situation where Rollins would not return to Philadelphia. I think a majority of the fans want him back and it would be a bad PR move if he went elsewhere. Sure he is getting older and injuries slowed him down this season, but he is still considered one of the best in the field when healthy. However for a leadoff hitter his batting average is disturbingly low. The past two seasons he has combined for a .248 average and this number has been dropping significantly since the 2007 season. It will be interesting to see how the Phillies address this situation.
Talking Chop wants to know what YOU think of the Braves new coaching staff.
I like the direction the Atlanta Braves are heading. Jason Heyward and Tommy Hanson are already stars in the league and hopefully there will be some stability with their coaching staff helping these players reach new heights. Gonzalez got a lot of bad press in Florida because of his relationship with the front office, but he really didn't do that bad of a job. With the resources he has now in Atlanta, the sky is the limit.
Federal Baseball shares some news and notes on the first day of the off-season.
What can you say about the San Francisco Giants? With great pitching, clutch hitting, and a little bit of luck, they now have their first World Series title since 1954 when they were in New York. To put that in perspective, it was the same year in which Willie Mays made his famous over the shoulder catch. I thought guys like Juan Uribe, Aubrey Huff, and Pat Burrell were washed up, but it didn't take long to realize that the Giants were a team of destiny. Any team who beats Cliff Lee twice in a post-season series deserves a ring.