Archive for the ‘Joe Torre’ Category

Say It Ain’t Joe

July 29, 2010

I want you to close your eyes. Take a deep breath. I am going to count backwards from ten. As I do, you will find yourself becoming very sleepy.

When I finish, you will be in a deep, deep, sleep. Ready?

Ten…..nine (deeper and deeper)…..eight… (deeper and deeper)…..six…..five……four…..three (deeper and deeper)…..two (almost asleep)……one.

Picture the New York Mets with an organizational plan at the end of the year. All members of the organization act in an coordinated and single track manner, all part of the plan.

It is the off-season. The Wilpons and Omar Minaya are ready to enact a plan they concocted around the midway point of the 2010 season.

They avoided all temptation to try to create a quick fix by firing Jerry Manuel and replacing him with Bob Melvin. They realized this would not accomplish anything.

At times the Mets played hard, at times they struggled. Eventually, they missed the playoffs.

This IS the Mets, so we won’t try to imagine them hiring Wally Backman. That would be too bold of a move and you might not wake from your trance.

Picture them announcing their new manager at a hugely anticipated news conference.

The new manager is Joe Torre.

When you wake, you will believe this dream is possible. Once I snap my fingers you will awake.

Snap! Well? Did it work? Do you believe this is possible?

I know this seems like complete fantasy, but there are several reasons why this scenario has some merit.

1. Torre does not want to stick around the soap opera that is the McCourt divorce. What once seemed like a love fest in L.A., has turned into a sinking ship with dozens of questions facing the franchise due to this nasty divorce. It may take some time to figure out the financial situation for the Dodgers. I doubt Torre wants to wait it out.

2. New York State Of Mind Obviously, Torre has no problems managing in the spot light of the big city. However, some people tend to forget the he played and managed for the Mets in the late seventies and early eighties. A return to the team that gave him his start as a manager has a certain book end feel to it.

3. What A Great Way To Stick It To The Yankees It has been well documented that Torre was not happy with the last contract he was offered by the Yankees. His book “The Yankee Years” came across as it was penned with poison, at least to the Yankees faithful.

4. The Mets Have Talent There has been talk about Torre possibly managing the Cubs next year. I don’t see him waiting around as the Cubs try to rebuild their franchise. They are encumbered by a number of big contracts that no one wants. The Mets have some good young talent, and who knows what Torre and company could achieve with Wright, Reyes, Davis, Niese, Pelfrey, and Thole.

Maybe I’ve lost my mind on this one. Maybe you’ll remember this post if this becomes reality.

Whatever the case may be…..admit it, it is fun to think about.

Originally published on Mets Gazette.


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