This is a calling for HoJo to wake up.
Just like most Mets fans my age, we grew up watching the 1986 New York Mets conquer the baseball world. While they were at it, they conquered our hearts. They helped to solidify our love for the team and the organization. Ask any Mets fan of that generation who their favorite Met was and you will get answers like Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, Mookie Wilson, Gary Carter and Howard Johnson.
Mets fans are loyal to their favorites. Well, loyalty only goes so far, right? I mean, is that not what Mets fandom really is? You stay loyal to your team until the do something to let you down?
So Mets fans have no problem calling out Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel. Why are there no calls about HoJo? He is the hitting coach. Am I wrong in that? Well, if this is so and the team is not hitting, does it not make sense to call out the hitting coach?
Everybody is saying how much Jason Bay sucks. Well, you wanted him. You should have realized what you were getting with him. Look, Bay is on pace to strike out at least 162 times this year which is the exact amount he struck out last year, also it is his highest strike out totals. Bay strikes out a lot. His second highest strike out total came in 2006 with 156.
So you can say that he sucks. Go ahead! Nobody will stop you because even if someone tried, you will do it anyway. So why bother? Just remember this, he is on pace to do what he has done throughout his career. Is it HoJo’s fault that Bay’s slugging percentage is the lowest than it has ever been? Yes!
Who is to blame? Bay because he just sucks or HoJo because he is not doing his job?
Manuel moved Jose Reyes to the number three spot to hopefully get Bay going. It is not working. This is all on HoJo as is the rest of the problems with the entire offense. Bay is not to blame. Maybe none of the hitters are. The job of the hitting coach is to get the hitters to, well um, hit. Wow! What a concept! A concept to which seems to have been lost on our beloved HoJo.
I’m not saying that HoJo is not trying. All of these guys are trying. Nobody goes into their job wondering how they can destroy the organization they work for. It just seems like the job is not getting done. His effort is not good enough. So at what point do the Mets start to review his record with this team? I think that time is now.
If you are going to blame people, make sure you blame the right ones.