Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Someone's Got A Man(uel) Crush

According to an article by Mike Puma of the New York Post, Jerry Manuel has a crush on Jenrry Mejia.  Manuel has gone as far as to say, "[Mejia] wears No. 76 and Frankie is No. 75, if you know what I mean...They might follow each other out there. That’s what I’m trying to tell you.”

I don't blame Jerry, it's hard not to see this kid pitch and start salivating.  Especially since, Jerry's got a set-up problem that's yet to fix itself and this kid's got unlimited potential.  It's hard for Jerry to not think about teaming this kid up with K-Rod in the back-end of the Mets bullpen. 

My message to Jerry would be to hold on.  Don't get ahead of yourself.  There is too much potential for this kid as a starter to just throw him out there in the eighth inning to save your job.  I think Omar knows that, which is why Puma writes in his article, "Minaya made it known before yesterday’s game that the plan is for Mejia to begin the season as a starter for Double-A Binghamton."  I have no idea why Omar is being so smart about this, given his proclivity to do this in the past. 

If the Mets want to do what the Rangers did last season with Neftali Feliz, then I say go for it.  Get him some big league experience when rosters expand, for the stretch run as a set-up guy.  But for now, don't ruin the chance to create the second coming of Doc Gooden...

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