Mets fans seem to be waning on Jerry Manuel. (My current poll is giving a very slight edge to those in favor of his dismissal.) So that begs the question, who would they want in his place?
Bobby Valentine, who managed the Mets from the end of 1996 to 2002, seems to be a popular choice. Though he steered them to only a .534 winning percentage under him, the Mets made two playoff appearances, including losing to the New York Yankees in the 2000 World Series.
So I asked my Twitter followers, at the suggestion of ambilevous, if they would want to see Bobby V back managing the Mets. Here are their responses…
tfc3rid said: Yes... We made the WS with Jay Payton, Benny Agbayani and Timo Perez in the OF... Enough said.
ant7701 said: yes bring him back NOW!!!!!!!!!
GSorensen said: Bobby V would be cool but that would give the impression that Jerry's at fault here and I don't think he is.
dances_w_vowels said: he would be a good choice, I'd welcome him back.
mostlymets said: No. I got tired of him toward the end of his last stint. It was all about him when it should be about the players.
mostlymets continued: Incidentally I think I'm the only Mets fan who hated the fake mustache dugout visit after Valentine was tossed. No respect.
nick6489 said: There are few better actual on field generals in the game. Let's bring back Bobby V and have suicide squeezes today!
Mets_Fever said: Bobby V. I don't believe would work well with this group his ego would clash - he needs young, no-names that he can control
rbfdds said: Bring back Bobby. V.- best option for the team. I also suggest the Wilpons sell the team to Trump. He will make Mets compete.
jderose123 said: absolutely...would bring back the "winning vibe" to the team and he has been successful in Japan
greatscott said: I'd like to see Bobby V back with the Mets because he out-managed everyone in 2000 with a lesser team and made it work.
BigVin57 said: Yes we need his fire to spark the team
DqtmaReyz said: Yes, I want Bobby V back, but not because I think Manuel has done a bad job. I like Bobby V's concept of small ball.
Mets411Blog said: No. I don't think his style and personality is right for this team. I still think Jerry should stay. Injuries aren’t his fault
4Jia said: No, I rather have an ex Met as the new manager. Preferably a player from 1986. These are my choices Backman, Teufel, Mazilli.
kerelcoop said: Yes cause he has proven he can get the most out of his players (example the 2000 team).
letsgoduke said: doesn't matter. Can't fight tanks with pop guns.
gabefarkas said: no whats the point? Hes been there already. Rather try some1 fresh, if season is lost anyway. Better to take a chance.
ryantcarney said: Bring back Bobby V!
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