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?