The Next Mets Manager

So by the time the weekend ends and Arizona takes two of three, the Willie Watch will be in full force.
So if not Willie, then who?
Wally Backman had Mets pedigree and apparently was good enough to get the Arizona job before whatever that scandal was.

Jerry Manuel is already in the dugout but…eh.

Keith Hernandez clearly has the smarts but why would he give up a nice gig in the booth and become the next Bud Harrelson.
So that leaves us with the best choice. Lee Mazzilli. Mets fan fave. 1986 ring. Was there for the losing and the winning. BROOKLYN guy (Wilpons, pay attention ding ding ding). Learned how to work the media from the master Joe Torre. Even has managerial experience – and don’t be a fool and comdemn him for what happened in Baltimore.
Nothing would make The Mets Police happier than to see a #16 in the dugout with Mazzilli on the back.

Shea Ranks 28th in SI Rankings – That High???

Sports Illustrated today released the results of a study where fans were questioned on different aspects of all 30 MLB stadiums. What a shocker that Shea finished 28th, beating out RFK Stadium (which isn’t even used anymore) and Dolphin Stadium (for baseball it is bad).

Some of the highlights:
  • Affordability – 28th (no shock here)
  • Food – 30th (one fan commented – “You’re kidding, right? This is Shea you’re asking about.”)
  • History & Tradition – 19th (the Royals (1969), Brewers (1969), and Mariners (1977) all finished ahead – I know when I think baseball tradition I think of this

  • Fan Hospitality – 29th (most of the comments here focus on incidents during the Mets-Yankees games)
  • Promotions – 28th
  • Neighborhood – 28th (and guess what, this ain’t gonna change with Corporate Field in 2009)

Omar’s Transaction Record

Thanks to Cyclonesfan for this one. The Mets Police also will pass along without any commentary or talent evaluation. We hereby present some general information for others to discuss:

I offer this list to you for the Mets Police without any commentary or talent evaluation

Mets transactions under GM Omar Minaya

Free Agent Signings
Hispanic player signings – 20 of 44 (45.5 %)
(by comparison, 29.4% of MLB players are Hispanic)

December 16, 2004 Pedro Martinez
December 22, 2004 Ramon Castro
December 23, 2004 Juan Padilla
December 28, 2004 Tim Hamulack
Manny Aybar
Chris Woodward
January 7, 2005 Marlon Anderson
January 8, 2005 Dae-Sung Koo
January 10, 2005 Miguel Cairo
January 11, 2005 Carlos Beltran
January 18, 2005 Roberto Hernandez
January 28, 2005 Mike Matthews
March 1, 2005 José Santiago
March 8, 2005 Brian Daubach
March 29, 2005 Kelly Stinnett
March 31, 2005 Mike DiFelice
June 8, 2005 José Offerman
June 11, 2005 Danny Graves
June 29, 2005 Lino Urdaneta
August 12, 2005 Shingo Takatsu
November 29, 2005 Billy Wagner
December 9, 2005 Julio Franco
December 12, 2005 José Valentin
December 21, 2005 Chad Bradford
December 22, 2005 Endy Chavez
January 19, 2006 Darren Oliver
January 24, 2006 Jeremi Gonzalez
February 14, 2006 José Lima
February 28, 2006 Pedro Feliciano
March 1, 2006 Willie Collazo
April 26, 2006 Michael Tucker
May 30, 2006 Mike DiFelice
August 24, 2006 Kelly Stinnett
November 16, 2006 Damion Easley
November 20, 2006 Moises Alou
December 19, 2006 Chip Ambres
January 5, 2007 David Newhan
January 16, 2007 Jorge Sosa
Scott Schoeneweis
January 25, 2007 Aaron Sele
February 9, 2007 Chan Ho Park
February 19, 2007 Sandy Alomar
March 31, 2007 Ricky Ledee
May 9, 2007 Brian Lawrence

Trades
Trades involving the acquisition of a Hispanic ballplayer – 14 of 26 (53.8 %)

December 3, 2004 Mike Stanton to the New York Yankees for Felix Heredia
January 6, 2005 Vance Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for Anderson Hernandez
January 26, 2005 Ian Bladergroen to the Boston Red Sox for Doug Mientkiewicz
March 20, 2005 Jason Phillips to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Kaz Ishii
April 2, 2005 Matt Ginter to the Detroit Tigers for Steve Colyer
November 18, 2005 Mike Cameron to the San Diego Padres for Xavier Nady
November 24, 2005 Mike Jacobs, Yusmiero Petit and Grant Psomas to the Florida Marlins for Carlos Delgado
December 5, 2005 Dante Brinkley and Gaby Hernandez to the Florida Marlins for Paul Lo Duca
January 4, 2006 Jae Seo and Tim Hamulack to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll
January 21, 2006 Kris Benson to the Baltimore Orioles for John Maine and Jorge Julio
May 24, 2006 Jorge Julio to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Orlando Hernandez
May 25, 2006 Robert Manuel to the Cincinnati Reds for Dave Williams
May 26, 2006 Jeremi Gonzalez to the Milwaukee Brewers for Mike Adams
June 9, 2006 Kaz Matsui to the Colorado Rockies for Eli Marrero
July 19, 2006 Jeff Keppinger to the Kansas City Royals for Ruben Gotay
July 31, 2006 Xavier Nady to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez
August 22, 2006 Evan MacLane to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Shawn Green
August 30, 2006 Victor Diaz to the Texas Rangers for Mike Nickeas
November 15, 2006 Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the San Diego Padres for Ben Johnson and Jon Adkins
November 20, 2006 Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom to the Florida Marlins for Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick
December 6, 2006 Brian Bannister to the Kansas City Royals for Ambiorix Burgos
July 30, 2007 Drew Butera and Dustin Martin to the Minnesota Twins for Luis Castillo
August 20, 2007 Jose Castro and Sean Henry to the Cincinnati Reds for Jeff Conine
November 20, 2007 Guillermo Mota to the Milwaukee Brewers for Johnny Estrada
November 30, 2007 Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for Brian Schneider and Ryan Church
February 2, 2008 Philip Humber, Carlos Gomez, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra to the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana