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by Kingman on November 22 at 3:27PM
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Terry Collins will officially be named a successor of Salty Parker Tuesday.

Collins beat out Wally Backman, Chip Hale and Bob Melvin for the job.

Hale will remain third base coach and Backman and Melvin will also get jobs in the Mets organization. That leaves us with five general managers and all the manager candidate finalists landing jobs with the Mets. Note to self: get an interview with the Mets - they can't turn anyone away!

Although it was also announced that Dan Warthen is returning as pitching coach, the NY Times mentioned that Collins is best friends with Dave Wallace and would like him to be pitching coach one day. There's also word that Mookie may return as first base coach.

So what does everyone think? Given that Collins job last year was to train and nurture the Mets minor league talent, did he do such a great job as to deserve this gig? Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, Josh Thole...just some of the guys Collins mentored. Now they may all get a chance to play for Terry in the big leagues.





[November 22, 2010 4:24 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

Well, I'm a big dopey Met fan and I'm going to be optimistic about Terry. I think you got to be. Hope springs eternal, and I haven't gotten my invoice yet.

I hope Collins brings much needed discipline to a clubhouse shockingly devoid of it the last few years. That's a step that everyone should approve of.

I hope HoJo is gone, he never seemed particularly cerebral, which most hitting coaches are nowadays. And he was too close to David Wright. Let's get somebody outside the organization.

I'm also glad Warthen is back, I think he has done a credible job the last few years. With less than ideal talent.

It will also nice to see Mookie back as the first base coach, welcome back #1! We knew you would have beaten old man Buckner to the bag!


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by Kingman on November 18 at 9:35PM
If you don't watch Family Guy, here are the only nine seconds you need to see. This clip is from this year's Halloween special:




[November 21, 2010 10:11 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Chris said

Although I am a huge Mets fan, I laughed pretty hard when I saw this.


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The Mets announced last night they have completed the first round of interviews and are inviting back four candidates for second rounds.

And the nominees are:

Terry Collins
Bob Melvin
Wally Backman
Chip Hale

Sandy Alderson said at the GM meeting yesterday that he would like to have a manager by Thanksgiving.

I'm guessing Backman is on the list as a favor to the Wilpons and as good PR for Met fans. Most likely, it will come down to Collins and Melvin.





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by Kingman on November 12 at 11:45AM
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As the Great Met Manager Hunt continues, it is clear that Sandy and the Ex-GM's are not at all considering Bobby Valentine.

For some fans, that is welcome news. Others may be displeased that the mercurial manager of our last world series team won't get a second chance.

While nothing is official, today's NY Times had a juicy tidbit buried in its requiem for ESPN's Jon Miller and Joe Morgan:

ESPN waited until Miller and Morgan's contracts were up to make the change; soon enough, it will announce that Dan Shulman and Bobby Valentine will join Hershiser for 2011 and beyond

In case you missed it, ESPN announced the other day that Miller and Morgan are done on Sunday Night baseball, after 21 years. Now Bobby will reunite in the broadcast booth with his veteran pitcher from 1999. I may have to tune into those broadcasts, although I'm sure I will be quickly tuning out after a few innings.

So does anyone think Terry Collins WON'T be the Mets manager next year?




[November 13, 2010 8:39 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

Clint Hurdle!!!


I'll remember Clint's time with the Mets for his comment on his unsuccessful pinch hitting role that year, he called it his summer of 4 to 2.


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by Kingman on November 10 at 9:10AM
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The Mets sent out their 2011 Kids Club pitch. We enjoyed the club back in Shea Stadium, especially as it included two tickets and a chance to walk on the field.

In 2009, the Mets removed the ticket option entirely when they moved to Citi Field. Last year, they improved the plan somewhat.

So what does the plan get you this year? "A voucher for two tickets*"

There's that darned asterik again. If you scroll down the page, you will discover the "voucher" gets you:
"Two tickets for the 2011 regular season only, Monday - Thursday home games. Some blackout dates may apply."

So no weekend games. Just weeknights, when kids usually have camp trips and other obligations.

I did a quick scan. There are nine day games that fall on a Monday - Thursday: One in April, July and August; two in May, June and September. I bet those will be blocked out.

What else do you get with the kids club?

  • Kids Club Bag
  • Kids Club Cap
  • Membership Certificate
  • Welcome Letter from the New York Mets
  • Membership ID Card with Lanyard
  • Membership Certificate
  • Mets Folder
  • Rewards Card redeemable for a free gift at Citi Field
  • 3 Issues of the Kids Club Newsletter
  • Birthday Card from the Mets
  • 1 free admission to the New York Hall of Science
  • SUBWAYâ„¢ pencil and sticker
  • 10% off retail at the Mets Clubhouse Shops with Kids Club ID Card
  • Special offer from the Intrepid Museum
  • Invitation to the Mets Fan Club for Kids Day at Citi Field events
  • Special 5 year member gift
  • Topps Baseball Cards
  • Special offer from BJ's Wholesale Club
  • Chances to win prizes and much more!
  • 1 package of WISE Food Snack





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