This is sheer lunacy. Rumors are that Joe Torre is considering opting out of his contract. Well this has made Buster Olney to go mad. On the ESPN website, here is what Olney had to say about Torre coming back to the Mets:
And one option that would make a lot of sense for Torre if he leaves the Dodgers — and there is a sense among some who know him that he is very frustrated with the team’s ownership situation — would be a reunion with the Mets, if they’re looking for a new manager after this season.
Torre could return to New York, he would be managing for a team that will spend money, and, perhaps most important of all, he would not require complete power.
Not for nothing, but the Yankees spent money like crazy after the 2000 season and Torre was not able to give them another championship. I mean, the Yankees went ballistic with spending. They were like Mariah Carey in a Gucci or Louis Vuitton store. They had every top notch player they could buy. Still no championship until last year.
Teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks beat them in the World Series. They went through periods where they got kicked out in the first round. Yet Olney seems to think that Torre could come to the Mets. He talks about the Wilpons willing to spend money. More than half of the Mets budget would be just to pay Torre.
I understand that Jerry Manuel’s contract is up at the end of this year. Anything short of a playoff trip is not going to get him another contract. But do you really want to bring in Torre? If you want to bring somebody in, you have to bring in Bobby Valentine. This is not a suggestion. This is a “YOU HAVE NO BLOODY CHOICE” type of thing.
The Mets need some fire from management. You bring that with Bobby V. What does Torre do? He sits on his butt. He rarely fights for his players because the man has no personality. You need that to manage in NYC. How he lasted so long as a Yankees skipper is beyond me. I guess the championships were enough.
Here is another thing to consider. Torre could not stand the meddling of George Steinbrenner. Things would not be any different if he came to the Mets. Jeff Wilpon is a busy body who does not understand the concept of “ownership”. You own the team. You sign the checks. You shut your mouth. Torre does not know how to stand up for himself. Bobby V, on the other hand, has no problem with that.
This would be beyond stupid if it were to happen. Torre is not the answer. He is an old man who needs to retire already. I have a few retirement homes in mind for the man.