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Coming off one of the biggest disappointing seasons in franchise history the hope was that the NY Mets would get healthy, regroup, add some important pieces and make a strong push to contend again in 2010. The word around town was that Jerry Manuel needed a pass because of all the injuries last season. He needed to have a full, healthy team to showcase his abilities as a manager. Aside from the fact the Mets did nothing in the off season to get better, Jason Bay included, we had hope that we still could be a decent team in a loaded division. We believed with our core players returning and a strong push from our young pitchers that we could be right in the mix come September. We entered the season believing, as we have been trained to do for years.
So here we are approaching August and sitting with a 51-49 record watching an overachieving Braves team run away with the National League East. Some can argue that we should have added more pieces both during the off season and now but the truth of the matter is we sit in this position because of our inept manager. The shuffling of the lineup, the quick hook of the starters, the misuse of the bullpen. When does it finally get to the point where we need to get Manuel out of here and bring in a manager that knows how to....well manage. Enough is enough with this experiment. Manuel is not the guy, never was and never will be. He is nothing better then a bench manager sitting in the driver seat of a $136,022,942 million dollar payroll orchestrating an underachieving team.
Enough is enough. Let's get someone in here who wants to win. Someone who knows how to manage a game. Someone who can motivate, direct and ignite a fire underneath his players.
Bobby Valentine anyone?