Mets GM, Omar Minaya, had given Jerry Manuel a vote of confidence just before the Dodger series. Um…okay. I would not have. I actually would have kept my mouth shut to the media until after the series.
Who did not get a vote of confidence? Manuel’s staff. Here’s what he said:
We’re going to get back on the plane, me and Jerry, and talk some.
Mets fans’ beloved Howard Johnson appears to be the most vulnerable. You really cannot blame Minaya on this. When you look at this staff, who is really to blame? What are the problems with this team?
I’ll give you a hint. You need wood. There ya go. I knew you could figure it out. It is the hitting. So it is only natural that HoJo is the one to take the hit on this. The pitching has been great. So it only seems fitting that pitching coach Dan Warthen stays.
What does HoJo think?
I think at this level you get hired to get fired at some point. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but you deal with it. That’s the reality of sports. We’re trying to set a standard here and we’ve scuffled. Hey, this organization has been solid. I don’t feel any pressure that way or anything like that. It’s nothing like that.
I just cannot help to think that Manuel might stay despite all indications say he needs to go. As I posted in a previous blog, I feel he should be threatened with losing his job or just flat out fired for mishandling the line-up. In my opinion, he left Jason Bay in there for much longer than he should have. Same with David Wright.
Speaking of Wright, is anybody really shocked that he is so bad right now? I mean, he played in the All-Star game. Every time he comes back he is off.
Back to Manuel and company. Does anybody else think Minaya is misplacing his trust?
Bay remained in the line-up. Wright remained. Jeff Francoeur sat on his butt. Everything is just wrong.
I understand the West Coast is the most difficult part of any road trip for this team, but that is no excuse for such a lackluster attempt at trying to be the best. There is no excuse for it and it does fall on HoJo and the manager.
Minaya understands the team is not hitting. He also understands that they have hitters who are proven. So when you have players on a team who have proven to be able to hit, who gets chopped? The hitting coach. I understand that as well. But if your players are under-performing, in no way do you keep playing them. You have to keep tweaking that lineup until you get a winner. Manuel has not done that.
So, I think it is time Minaya sends HoJo and Manuel their pink slips.