Posted by Mack Ade at 2:00 PM
I’ve told you this a number of times… I don’t read most of the other Mets sites (exceptions being Mets360 and ‘Two Guys Talking…”). None of those two, or Mack’s Mets, are known for young readers so I do not have a good grip on hos the kiddies feel about Terry Collins being the manager.
I do know how all the readers here that take the time to send a comment feel and I also don’t see the Mets doing anything to bring their fans back. The team continues to have a limit amount of major league talent, the ownership will not raise the salary level for the team, and the General Manager will not sign anyone for more than two years.
As for Collins, I can’t criticize or defend him. At this point, he doesn’t seem to have any answers. The team seems to always be tied 2-2 at the end of four innings and this latest extended majority of loses will be their downfall for the season.
What’s wrong with a fixed lineup, even if it isn’t strong? What happened to the days of ‘Gilliam, Reese, Snider, Hodges, Furillo, etc…”
Baseball taught me to know who hits before you and who comes next. I usually followed Jimmy Armet, who had less hits than Bartolo Colon, but I also knew that my speed would become an asset if I could get on the base before Tommy Leecock (our best pure hitter) came up next. Why would any manager not make the choice to stay with a lineup that each hitter was comfortable knowing where they were in the lineup? What exactly is the benefit of making grown men run to the wall of the dugout to see what is posted, if they are playing, and where they are batting?
I’m a believer that there needs to be a lot of change involving this team; however, I’m a realist and I know I can only expect a little to come my way this year. I no longer can support keeping Collins, but I also don’t see Wally Backman being a solution. He’s always been a hand grenade to me, waiting for his pin to be pulled.
I’d like to see two ‘interim’ moves made for the rest of the season… Tim Teufel as Manager and Frank Viola as Pitching Coach. Teufel has been the quiet guy through all this mess, but he is equally respected by the players. Viola is, well… Viola. He has ‘raised’ most of the pitchers that are coming of age for the Mets and I can’t think of a better man for the job.
The only problem that might develop here could be if the Mets decide to find their permanent manager from outside the system. Teufel will have to accept a ‘demotion’ back to third base coach, something he (or the new manager) may find uncomfortable. I would hate to see him lost.
The team needs a shot in the arm and, if it’s not going to come via new ballplayers, maybe naming a few new leaders could help.