Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rubin: Dave Wallace Strong Pitching Coach Option

Uh Oh...Dan Warthen might have something to say about that.

I heard throughout the 2010 season how much respect the players had for Warthen as their pitching coach. I have to admit, with the exception of one pitcher whose name shall never appear on this blog (unless he gets traded), Warthen seemed to be a good thing for the Mets pitching staff.

I wouldn't mind Dave Wallace though. He was, after all, the Mets pitching coach in 1999 and 2000, the two greatest years I've had as a Mets fan, and the two closest years I've ever had to seeing them win it all (Yes, I was alive in '86, but being 8 months old at the time, I can't say I was all that interested).

Wallace spent 17 years with the L.A. Dodgers organization, much of that time was during Terry Collins tenure.

According to Rubin, if the Mets were to go with Wallace, Warthen may have the option of being the team's minor league pitching coordinator.

Next few months should be interesting. At least I hope they are.

Mets Hire Bobby Valentine Lite

The Mets have been wheelin' and dealin' to fill in vacancies in the front office. The Mets brought on Sandy Alderson as their new GM, followed by Paul DePodesta who will take over as vice president of player development and scouting. The only thing left...manager.

It was JUST announced that Terry Collins has been offered the job as the new skipper of the Mets.

So let's GM: Check, new manager: check, same 25 guys playing on the field: check.

Filling up your front office with Harvard grads and then adding Terry Collins to the mix, well...doesn't really do much for me.

At the end of the day, the same players are still here.

Great managers don't necessarily make great players. Great players definitely make great managers. Just ask Charlie Manuel.

Only time will tell whether the 2011 season will be any different from seasons past.