Adam Jones' mother would like to set the record straight

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We had some fun with Adam Jones earlier today, but I just received a comment that provides much more in the way of background.  Except where the Mets are involved I’m nothing if not fair, so take it away Mrs. Bradley:

Let me clarify any misconceptions that are currently out there with
reference to my son Adam Jones being pulled over during his interview.
First of all, Jonesy was on his way to pick me up for our weekly lunch
date and was doing the interview via his cell phone with which he wears
a headset, even though the laws in our state do not require he uses
one. Second, while driving and doing the interview he was pulled over
for his windows being too dark and NOTHING ELSE!!!!! Adam is a very
conscientious young man and he knows RIGHT FROM WRONG! Not being
biased, I am being honest. If our state had a no cell phone or text law
he would abide by it, but we don’t. This was not the problem!!!! The
problem was his tint on his windows and if any of you have ever been to
Arizona when it is 117 degrees or higher here, you would understand the
circumstances!!!!

Adam happened to come directly to me after the stop and the interview
and explained the ENTIRE SCENARIO and I can the entire situation
because I also live in AZ and have been told that MY WINDOWS ARE TOO
DARK, so what would that make me? 6 out of every 10 cars in certain
parts of Arizona a tinted due to the extreme heat factor, so before you
start paasing judgement, come on out to AZ and get heated in the 117
DEGREE SWELTERING HEAT AND THEN WE CAN TALK! Until then, STEP!!!!

Respectfully,

Andrea Bradley, mother of Adam LaMarque Jones, Centerfielder for the
Baltimore Orioles

And yes, she’s legit. She’s been mentioned in Peter Schmuck’s column before, and the IP address checks out.

So here’s the deal, guys: ballplayers’ moms are hanging around here, so let’s clean up our act, OK?  Watch that language and for God’s sake, Gator, put some pants on.

Robin Ventura, other familiar names come up in Mets managerial search

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Terry Collins is still the manager of the New York Mets, but all signs point to that state of affairs ending some time soon after Sunday afternoon. To that end, the New York Post reports a handful of familiar names being mentioned in connection with their impending managerial search:

Early persons of interest, according to industry sources, all have ties to the organization: Robin Ventura, Alex Cora and Kevin Long. Two others with ties to the organization — Bob Geren and Chip Hale — are also in the conversation, according to sources.

By the way: can we talk about how great it is that a term that is normally associated with criminal suspects — “persons of interest” — is being used in connection with potential future New York Mets managers? OK, we just talked about it.

These names, with the exception of Cora, all belong to former managers with Mets connections. Hale was the Mets third base coach and was passed over for the managerial gig when Collins was hired and eventually managed the Diamondbacks. Ventura, of course, played for the Mets for three seasons before retiring and becoming the White Sox’ manager. Geren was the Mets bench coach when they won the 2015 pennant but moved to the Dodgers to be closer to his family in California. He’s formally a manager with the Oakland A’s. Cora played a season and change with the Mets and has served as the bench coach for the Astros in the 2017 season.

In the recent past, as recently-retired players with little or no coaching or managerial experience were hired to manage teams, some people may have referred to these candidates as “retreads.” With Dusty Baker’s success in Washington after a few years of semi-retirement and with a number of inexperienced managers showing that they were not all that they were cracked up to be, however, the pendulum seems to be swinging back toward looking for experienced candidates.

Obviously the whole offseason will determine if I’m imagining that or if it does, in fact, becomes the trend. And, of course, the Mets actually have to formally let Collins go before hiring someone else. Not that I would put it past them to mess that up.

Pete Mackanin doesn’t know if he’ll be back as Phillies manager next year

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Back in May the Phillies gave Pete Mackanin a contract extension covering the remainder of 2017, all of 2018 and created a team option for 2019. Yesterday, however, Mackanin said he had no idea if the Phillies were going to bring him back as manager next season:

“I assume I’ll be here, but you never know. You never know what they’re going to do. So you just keep moving on. I just take it a day at a time and manage the way I think I should manage and handle players the way I think I should handle them. That’s all I can do. If it’s not good enough then … fine. I hope it’s good enough. I hope he thinks it’s good enough.”

Maybe that’s just cautious talk, though, as there doesn’t seem to be any signals coming from the Phillies front office that Mackanin is in trouble. If anything things have looked up in the second half of the season with the callups of Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams each of whom have shown that they belong in the bigs. The team is 33-37 since the All-Star break and is certainly a better team now than the one Mackanin started with in April. And it’s not his fault that they don’t have any pitching.

I suspect Mackanin will be back next year, but Mackanin has been around the block enough times to know that nothing is guaranteed for a big league manager. Even one under contract.