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by Kingman on October 2 at 11:50AM
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From today's NY Post:

Bobby Valentine isn't holding his breath that he'll be the next manager of the Mets.

Though Valentine's name has surfaced in recent weeks as Jerry Manuel's potential successor, a person close to Valentine yesterday said there are lingering wounds between the Mets and the former manager that likely won't heal anytime soon.

Valentine has solid relationships with several members of the Mets' hierarchy, but remains at odds with principal owner Fred Wilpon, who fired him following the 2002 season.


Valentine thought at the time that Wilpon lied to him. Valentine was made to believe his fate and that of general manager Steve Phillips were intertwined. But Phillips remained as the GM after Valentine was fired.

It also is known that Valentine -- with his colorful, outspoken personality -- deplored the Mets' paranoia when dealing with the media. Valentine regularly was told what to say by team officials, and had a difficult time complying.

Omar Minaya's departure as GM probably will further minimize Valentine's candidacy. The two are close friends, dating to the 1980s with the Rangers.

Wally Backman remains the favorite to vault from Single-A to manage the Mets next season, but that decision won't be made until after Minaya's replacement is hired.

[October 2, 2010 12:15 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

I don't think the manager decision is that important to the Mets future.

I'm much more interested in who they choose to succeed Minaya - the manager can only work with the roster he's given.

[October 2, 2010 8:31 PM]  |  link  |  reply
kingman said

Anyone who gets hired as GM or manager is doomed if they don't get autonomy to make decisions. I'm sure Manuel and/or Minaya would have loved to cut Ollie P after his nonsense this season.

[October 3, 2010 10:34 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

As usual the Wilpons are the issue here.

I hope, and pray, that one of the more experienced candidates mentioned - Gillick, Hunsicker, Hart, Daniels - comes in with an understanding that Wilpon Jr. influence will not be tolerated. Maybe even an out clause to embarrass the owners should they not hold up their end of the deal.

Or, more realistically, it will be Dipoto or Hahn and these inexperienced candidates would take the job under any conditions.


[October 3, 2010 5:17 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

Judging by their track record, why do I have the feeling that the new GM will only be a "Wilpon Puppet"!

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