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If Mattingly became available -- as it increasingly appears to be the case soon -- would he be a better choice for the Mets than Backman? (And I'm not referring to fan reaction, but how well he matches the personnel on hand.)
If Mattingly became available -- as it increasingly appears to be the case soon -- would he be a better choice for the Mets than Backman?
Backman won't be the manager to get them over the top if it turns out what they need, after getting lucky with drafts and minor leaguers, is a superb tactician and numbers guy, and he may have other weaknesses that will show up under the stress of managing a major league club.
Backman seems like a manager who will actively cost his team games with small ball nonsense and an inability to understand sabermetrics; the kind of guy who turns a club from a 91 win to an 87 win team.
I think that just about anybody would be a better choice than Backman.
Mattingly became a New York institution
You can't fire the Wilpons.
Why do you think he will be a small ball manager?
Still better than the tomahawk chop.
I don't think he's necessarily going to be a small ball manager, but I think he's hugely irresponsible (with the drinking problem and the bankruptcy and such), and possibly crazy as well. Also, he seems to have no filter when speaking to the media
As an aside -- when you hear a potential New York manager described as a certifiably crazy drunk who shoots off his mouth without thinking, isn't the first thought that comes to your mind: Billy's Back?
I think the game of the 1970s was generally more tolerant of drunkenness and hooliganism and overall bad behavior than the game of today.
That doesn't seem to play to Backman's strengths
The important thing is to sort through the talent in the organization. And if those guys can't play, it won't matter whether they bunt or not.
Bunting? Not bunting? Small ball? Big ball? I can't imagine any of that making a difference in the Mets' long-term future.
How many years before the Wilpon's finances right themselves and they can afford a payroll approaching $150m? If you're concerned about the Mets long-term future you're probably worrying about a team that of its current players and minor leaguers, has David Wright or no one on it.
I don't think their long-term future is terrible
So what actually matters in this case? You need a manager who won't 1) screw up the development of the young guys, 2) create so much bad press that it swallows up the team.
they can at least put on a show with a certifiable psychopath as manager.
You want to bring Bobby Valentine back?
Greg, you can add Snydergaard to that list if you want. I think the earliest he can reasonably be expected to make it to the majors is 2017, so he makes your window.
Roster of rubbish or team of trash?
I think a guy named Leo Durocher shared some of these qualities and did alright in New York.
How long would The Lip last in NY in 2014?
Around the time of the Korean War, sure. How long would The Lip last in NY in 2014?
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