Though the Mets’ disappointing season can’t be blamed on manager Terry Collins, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says it’s unlikely the skipper is kept beyond this season. Collins has an expiring contract, which makes for a clean transition.
The Mets lost on Thursday afternoon to the Diamondbacks and now sit with a 55-71 record, good for fourth place in the NL East. It seems the club has had bad news roll in every day. They’ve played most of the year without Noah Syndergaard and the whole year without David Wright. Meanwhile, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Neil Walker, and Asdrubal Cabrera — among others — have all been injured at some point.
Heyman quotes an unnamed rival executive, who said, “If [Collins] had all those pitchers, it’d be a different story.” And it’s true.
Collins’ ouster won’t be popular as he’s well-regarded within the organization and by his players. He led the team to the World Series in 2015, the club’s first postseason appearance since 2006. They made the playoffs again last year, but lost the Wild Card game to the Giants. Overall, he’s 536-562 (.488) in the regular season over seven years as the Mets’ manager.
Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark met the press late this morning and covered a wide array of topics.
One of them: free agency, which he referred to as being “under attack” based on the slow market for free agents last offseason.
“What the players saw last offseason was that their free-agent rights were under attack on what has been the bedrock of our system,” Clark said. He added that they “have some very difficult decisions to make.” Presumably in the form of grievances and, down the road, a negotiating strategy that seeks to claw back some of the many concessions the union has given owners in the past few Collective Bargaining Agreements. CBAs, it’s worth noting, that Clark negotiated. We’ve covered that territory in detail in the past.
Of more immediate interest was Clark’s comment that the idea of a universal designated hitter is, among players, “gaining momentum.” Clark says “players are talking about it more than they have in the past.” We’ve talked a lot about that as well.
Given that hating or loving the DH is the closest thing baseball has to a religion, no one’s mind is going to be changed by any of this, but I think, practically speaking, it’s inevitable that the National League will have the DH and I think it happens relatively soon. Perhaps in the next five years. The opposition to it at this point is solely subjective and based on tradition. People like pitchers batting and they like double switches and they like the leagues being different because they, well, like it. If the system were being set up today, however, they’d never have it this way and I think even the DH-haters know that well. That doesn’t mean that you can’t dislike a universal DH, but it does mean that you can’t expect the people who run the game to cater to that preference when it makes little sense for them to do it for their own purposes.
Anyway: enjoy convincing each other in the comments about how the side of that argument you dislike is wrong.