Posted by Mack Ade at 12:19 PM
As a unit, Mets starting pitchers were average to slightly above average in 2010. Preseason expectations were exceeded, mainly due to the emergence of one R.A. Dickey. Mike Pelfrey, Johan Santana and Jon Niese were also strong, while Opening Day rotation members Oliver Perez and John Maine were not. To keep this fresh, I'll present the starters' seasons in graph form. The following are chronological plottings of each pitcher's Game Score throughout the 2010 season. It's an easy way to view the ups and downs of the pitchers. A higher Game Score is better -- for reference, Dickey's 1-hit shutout of the Phillies registered a 91, while Ollie's 3.1 inning, 7 run stinkbomb against the Marlins in May tallied a 16.
Howe on Sandy:
Art Howe, who also managed for Alderson in Oakland and later led the Mets, thinks he's an excellent fit.
"He is hands-on, but he's easy to work with because you always know where he's coming from," Howe said.
And he'll know what type of person is needed to hire to lead the Mets.
"There are always more distractions in New York, but Sandy knows that and he'll factor all that in," said Howe, who worked with Alderson after La Russa left the A's, when the team's payroll was dwindling.
Howe said he valued Alderson's insight.
"He was always proven right," Howe said. "[His ideas] kept us competitive as a small-market team, at least in the regular season."
Selig on Sandy:
Selig also praised the pending hire of Sandy Alderson as general manager of the Mets. The official announcement is scheduled for New York on Friday. Alderson is a highly regarded former MLB vice president of baseball operations and was the chief executive of the Padres. Most recently, he was rehired by MLB as a consultant working on scouting violations in the Dominican Republic.
Darling on Sandy:
“Sandy is a guy that you admire from the second you meet him. Without getting too crazy about it, he’s one of those guys that you aspire to be. I had not known about his history when I first met him -- what he had done in his life, the Marines and all that kind of stuff. So I just met him as the GM. Two things rang true to me: One is that he’s incredibly intelligent, which I’m always attracted to. But also, he’s been a mentor for a lot of people who have gone on to bigger and better things. He played a big part in the maturation of Tony La Russa as a manager, Billy Beane, of course. Walt Jocketty. There are so many people he had a huge influence with. And, also, I think he served as a huge bridge between players and management. The Haas [ownership] family [in Oakland at the time] couldn’t be any nicer. They were the nicest family you’ll ever meet. Sandy was a great conduit between them and the players.
His past largely defined by his World Series heroics, Jim Leyritz's future is now in the hands of a Florida jury that could send him to prison for up to 15 years for hitting and killing a woman while allegedly driving drunk.
Opening statements begin Monday in the trial of the former baseball star, who is charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter while driving drunk in a 2007 wreck. A jury of five men and one woman, plus two alternates, has been seated in the case.
According to court documents, the incident began as a nighttime celebration for Leyritz, who was ringing in his 44th birthday with friends by bar-hopping in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.