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Friday, November 02, 2007

Gary Carter wants to manage the Barnstormers

“Everybody sees you coming. You’re as subtle as a battering ram
You ought to be a silent film star. Keep that pretty little trap shut”

Carter turned down a chance to manage the Double-A Binghamton Mets. He said he wasn’t crazy about going to Binghamton and he didn’t feel like he could advance through the Mets’ ranks. Willie Randolph had just signed a three-year extension to run the big-league club and Ken Oberkfell was ahead of Carter in Triple-A.

Declining that offer was a mistake.

“That turned out to be my only chance,” Carter said. “It’s the decision I made and I regret that I made it. I have no ill feelings toward the Mets. I’m obviously disappointed with the way things are. I know that the game is funny in that regard. It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.”

...Apparently, Carter’s status as one of the game’s greats hasn’t boosted his marketability. “It doesn’t matter in this case,” he said with a hint of incredulity in his voice. “It really doesn’t.”


Repoz Posted: November 02, 2007 at 07:30 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. VG Posted: November 02, 2007 at 07:45 PM (#2603841)
"Everybody sees you coming. You’re as subtle as a battering ram
You ought to be a silent film star. Keep that pretty little trap shut”

Finally, I recognize one.
   2. John Northey Posted: November 02, 2007 at 09:20 PM (#2603970)
It is interesting that no ML team has signed any of the guys listed. Kind of shows how MLB 'cleans house. Given these guys are fighting for an indy league job odds are they'd jump at any affiliated position offered.

Carter is a self-promoter who I've heard bad rumours about from a sportswriter my dad was friends with who covered the Expos in the 80's (stuff that I'd rather not repeat without confirmation which I've been unable to find)

Butch Hobson wasn't that bad in the majors but (according to wikipedia) had drug issues and a bit of a temper but nothing beyond what some coaches/managers in the majors have done

Wally Backman I can understand not having much luck (legal issues, quit for 3 days last year as an indy league manager, etc.) but he was viewed as a top candidate just a few years ago so I'd think someone would give him a shot at the low minors at least.

Tom Herr? No idea what, if any, non-field issues he has had. Given he was 'just' a very good MLB player I can see why he gets lost in the shuffle

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