Sunday, December 5, 2010

State of the Team - Management/Front Office

So I've started a blog...

I guess the best way to start a blog that looks at the Mets is to take stock of where the team is currently. I'm going to go through position by position and look at who the Mets have, and where they should go. The obvious first place to start is with the team's management and coaching staff.

The front office looks good right now, as Sandy Alderson has come in as GM and gotten off to a good start, at least as far as bringing in other good execs. While Alderson's focus on statistical analysis may be overstated, he still will bring a good analytical eye to players, and hopefully will be able to resist making moves to appease ownership or the fan-base. It should be all about what puts the best team out on the field, what gives the Mets the best chance to win a championship. Names like J.P. Ricciardi and Paul DePodesta that have been successful in other places are always good, and it can't hurt to have a number of smart people in the Mets' front office. In addition, John Ricco seems like he's on a good path to be a top-line exec one day. The real question mark has to be  - how does the Mets minor league system react to no longer having Terry Collins, who received rave reviews in his one year, as Minor League Coordinator? Collins as manager isn't necessarily the sexiest pick, but his fire may help the Mets, who haven't always appeared to be the most motivated team recently, and as his coaching staff is largely unresolved, well, we'll just have to see what happens there. While his departure from Anaheim has been brought up as a negative, what isn't talked about is that in his previous 6 years as a manager, he finished in 2nd place in his division every year except the last, although he did never get to 90 wins. 

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