Loge13 guest blogger Ron Hunt weighs in on the Mets manager hunt. Reactions?
It is impossible to understand the logic for the current list of prospective managerial candidates the Mets are lining, according to media sources. As of this point in the process, no one from outside the organization has been listed.
Chip Hale, Dave Jauss and Bob Melvin all have excellent credentials and are viable candidates...except that they have been part of the Mets organizational failures of the recent years. The last thing this club needs is someone from the recent past as field boss. The injection of new and talented blood in the front office screams for the new manager to come from outside the system.
Equally, Ken Oberkfell, Tim Teufel and Wally Backman, while all successful and seemingly qualified, need to be avoided. These are the minor league managers that have been teaching and overseeing the current drop of young Mets players that, on the whole, lack the baseball fundamentals and baseball instincts so sorely lacking on the parent club. I feel this would be a message to the major league club that the status quo is acceptable or even being encouraged.
Things need to be shaken up on this current Mets club. I have concerns that the Wilpon regime doesn't have the insight, foresight and balls to continue what they have started with the GM change. Keep in mind that the Wilpons have a dismal record in hiring managers. None of the managers they have hired and fired, post-Doubleday, have ever been hired to manage another major league club. Except Bobby Valentine, and I don't count his return to Japan. And we are all aware of the incredible managerial fraternity that tends to recycle the usual suspects. The Wipon's record speaks for itself.