The Mets are setting the stage to fire Omar Minaya

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It may not happen right now, but according to Jon Heyman’s sources, the Mets are putting people in place with the intention of ensuring a smooth transition in the event Minaya is fired early in the 2010 season. Indeed, the source refers to it as “setting the stage” for his firing. 

The moves: going out of their way to retain Sandy Johnson, their VP of scouting who had told everyone he was retiring and being on the lookout for another high level executive to “support” Minaya this offseason.  Sure, it’s always smart for a team to look for front office talent, but if Minaya was safe, wouldn’t he be the one hiring his alleged underlings?

The bigger question: can Mets fans wait until the spring of 2010 for Omar to be gone?

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.