Welcome, all, to the third annual Comment Winter Olympics. It's a rather simple endeavor: Every Friday, from now through the end of spring training, a panel of judges will select the best comments of the week, be they funny, insightful, topical or all of the above.
So without further ado, let's go to this first week's winners. As always, I might do a little tweaking to help with spelling, grammar and flow:
The bronze goes to Sandy, who discussed his eating preferences down in the Sunshine State.
The silver goes to WhyNot, who eagerly anticipated last week's Sandy Alderson news conference:
Enough about this meaningless on-field play. I expect quality insight from the 2PM'er today. Who's on the short list for manager? When does DePo arrive? Will Eric Walker be coming out of retirement? Will there be a new draft strategy going over-slot to take high-upside fallers?
And the gold goes to last year's champion Islander505, who didn't approve of Chuck Greenberg's strong comments about Yankees fans.
It's pretty clear to me that Mr. Greenberg has a narrow, if any, rational definition of violence.
Greenberg needs a refresher replay of his team president vs. Ventura (not Jesse) for a reminder of what "violence" is. And when he is finished with that, perhaps he can review some war footage from Iraq or Afghanistan for a snapshot of the real violence fostered upon us by his first-pitch throwers from last night.
Stupid statement by a guy who has just turned this heretofore Rangers fan into a Giants fan tonight.
--Speaking of the Mets, they interviewed Dave Jauss and Bob Melvin for their managerial opening yesterday, and this weekend, in California, Sandy Alderson will meet with Wally Backman, Terry Collins and Chip Hale.
Of this internal quintet, I think the strongest candidates are Hale and Melvin. We discussed Jauss yesterday; to reiterate, I just don't see Backman and Alderson clicking at all; and Collins a) hasn't managed in the major leagues since 1999, and b) is highly regarded by Mets ownership for the work he has done as the team's field coordinator.
As David Lennon mentions, the strongest external candidate appears to be Don Wakamatsu, who enjoyed a very successful first season with Seattle before having everything blow up there in 2010 thanks in part to Mariners ownership's foolish decision to bring back Ken Griffey, Jr.
--A long-term deal for Jose Reyes doesn't seem to make sense for either side, at this point.
--This is extremely interesting: The Mets have suspended long-time equipment manager Charlie Samuels for alleged involvement in an illegal gambling ring. You can count on him not returning. Not clear yet whether you can count on this haunting the Mets, moving forward.
--The Yankees' talks with Derek Jeter figure to be held pretty much in the dark, although we'll work as hard as we can to shed some light on this. Let's start with this: Jeter thinks he deserves a raise, and the Yankees think it's time for a pay cut.
--Here's the obituary I wrote on Sparky Anderson. Apparently his family was getting us ready with Wednesday's announcement that Anderson had been placed in hospice care.
Rest in peace, Sparky. I never got to interact with him professionally, but as a student at the University of Michigan, I enjoyed watching parts of five Tigers seasons up close. It was a joy reading Anderson's daily quotes and watching him manage games on TV and occasionally in person.
--Have a great day.