With the start of the second half of the season resulting in a 2-9 record the talk of manager Jerry Manuel’s job being in jeopardy have been resurrected. There’s also been talk of hitting coach Howard Johnson being on the hot seat.
If winning and losing is the criteria with which you hire and fire a manager during the season then I understand the reason for this. I mean when the team had a lackluster start people were calling for Manuel’s head. But when they got things going in June I heard some people saying he should be named manager of the year. But with a 6-15 July they’re calling for his head again.
I don’t really care so much. I’ve never been a big Jerry Manuel fan. He was the natural choice for interim manager when Willie Randolph was fired. And though he earned the permanent job despite a breakdown at the end of the season I’ve always felt there were better choices out there. And I’m not talking about Bobby Valentine, who, although I’m not a big fan of, would be a better choice than Manuel.
There are obvious choices within the organization like Bob Melvin. Long shot choices like Lou Pinella and Buck Showalter. Sentimental choices like Bobby V, Gary Carter and Wally Backman. These are just a few of the available (or soon to be available) managers that I like better than Manuel.
Who do you think should be the next manager of the Mets? Leave me some comments.