Collins, Melvin, Hurdle

According to the New York Post, the Mets are down the three finalists for their managerial gig.

Terry Collins.

Bob Melvin.

Clint Hurdle.

Having covered Collins a bit, he’s probably the best of the bunch. Hurdle is not a good strategic manager, but he’s a great clubhouse guy. Melvin is, well, yawn. He’s every other mediocre skipper who has ever led a team. The Post predicts Collins will get the gig, and I’m sorta OK with this.


Some website mocked me for backing Wally Backman, but I truly believe I’m right on this. Spoke with an ex-Met teammate of Wally’s the other day, and he thinks New York would be crazy to hire him; that at some point he’d inevitably explode and humiliate the organization. That’s obviously a risk, given his past. But Backman can flat out manage. He gets the best of players, and wouldn’t tolerate some of the lazy bullshit the Mets have put on the field the past few years.

Oh, well.

4 thoughts on “Collins, Melvin, Hurdle”

  1. 100% with you on Backman, whose presence would almost guarantee an amusing bench-clearer with the Phillies. But his hit-and-run/bunt/small ball approach seems to run counter to Alderson’s core principles.

  2. I’ve always found it interesting, and frustrating, how much recycling of managers and coaches goes on. It’s as if mediocrity is an acceptable goal, yet when it is attained everybody is upset and surprised so the process starts all over again.

  3. I would have done Backman one better. But that would require the outlay of money and the swallowing of pride.

    Bobby Valentine is worth four Clint Hurdles, 10 Terry Collins, and 15 Bob Melvins.

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