• Torre To Manage Mets In 2011?

    Posted by on May 22nd, 2010 · Comments (5)

    Via Bob Klapisch

    So [Jerry] Manuel inches even closer to the brink, all but ready to cede the throne to [Bob] Melvin. In many ways Melvin would be anti-Manuel – focused, serious, competent — although Mets fans who are hoping for a charismatic figure will be disappointed.

    On the scale of personal charm, which goes from one to Bobby Valentine, Melvin is fairly stuck at zero. His talents will carry the Mets through the rest of the 2010 season, and no further. Whatever happens in the next week, it’s a near certainty the Mets will be looking for a new manager again this winter.

    The pendulum could swing one of two ways. Either the Wilpon family takes a wild gamble on the franchise’s wild man, Wally Backman, after just one season at Class A Brooklyn, or else they lure Joe Torre back to New York after his Dodger contract expires this October.

    Torre would give the Mets instant respectability throughout the industry and would bolster their efforts to sign free agents like Cliff Lee. Torre is immensely popular with the game’s biggest stars, and his drawing power – backed by the Mets’ willingness to be the highest bidder – might be enough to convince a player of Lee’s caliber to come to Flushing.

    I thought about this “Torre to the Mets” thing back when those stories on Torre not returning to the Dodgers next year popped up. Won’t that be interesting, if it happens? Would Don Mattingly go with him? Imagine the sight of Don Mattingly in a Mets uniform. Ugh. Then again, would Donnie get the Dodgers job if Joe left? And, what would this all mean to Torre’s Yankees legacy? Would this cool the Yankees on retiring #6 any time soon? Or, is that already on ice anyway? Think Willie Randolph would warn Torre about life in Metsville? Then again, if Torre worked for Big Stein and the McCourts, then the Mets would be a piece of cake, no?

    Comments on Torre To Manage Mets In 2011?

    1. ken
      May 22nd, 2010 | 12:28 pm

      Bring it on! Would be great to see the Mets relevant again.

      Mets ownership needs to realize that their team plays in NY, not KC or Pitt. Image and entertainment value means as much as on the field play. Whether or not it’s Torre, the Mets need an established, respected manager (as well as a competent GM and hands-off ownership). Unfortunately for Mets fans, that is not likely to happen. Jeff Wilpon thinks he knows baseball.

    2. Joseph M
      May 22nd, 2010 | 1:33 pm

      I think Torre left the east coast and moved his family out west. I can’t believe he would be selfish enough to uproot them again and move back east to take yet another managing job at the age of 70 (he will turn 71 in July of 2011).

      Bobby Valentine II would be a much more likely possibility.

    3. 77yankees
      May 22nd, 2010 | 1:41 pm

      Maybe this is part of the pull luring Joe back to Queens? LOL

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/24420819@N06/4012676105/

    4. long time listener
      May 22nd, 2010 | 3:22 pm

      “what would this all mean to Torre’s Yankees legacy?”

      Well, it didn’t affect the legacies of Casey or Yogi. Of course, that was pre-Steinbrenners. Honestly, it depends on how well he does. If the Mets keep stinking it up and Torre leaves after a couple of years, I think the Yanks will still retire his number when Torre finally retires. If he has some success – including even, improbably, winning a WS – it might give the Yankees pause. And, God forbid, Torre ever beat the Yanks in a Subway Series, MY number will be retired before Torre’s is. And I don’t have a number.

    5. May 22nd, 2010 | 3:47 pm

      Bring it on! Would love to see Torre snoozing in the Mets dugout and mismanaging their bullpen even more than Jerry Manuel is now. Joe, at 70, would be like Casey Stengel in the Mets years, but without the sense of humor.

      Loved Klapisch’s suggestion that Joe would bring in the free agents to the Mets. Um, how many big free agents did Torre lure into the Dodgers, exactly? (Manny was a trade.) And why would the Wilpons pay four or five million a year for Torre? They already have a manager who sucks up to the media and mismanages the team!

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