Heading to Orlando this morning. Today, GMs will be arriving, and they have a group dinner tonight.
Translation: I'm not quite sure what today will bring. It's less structured than the next three days. But I'll be around and surely check in.
So just a few quick thoughts:
--Condolences to Sandy Alderson, whose 87-year-old father was hit by a car and killed in St. Petersburg, Fla. Just horrible. If you read Alderson's statement in the linked story by David Lennon, you can see how close Alderson was with his father.
It's not yet clear how this tragedy will impact the Mets' managerial search, but you'd have to think that it will decelerate it. Although, with Clint Hurdle out of the running thanks to his decision to take the Pittsburgh job, the only serious remaining candidates appear to be Terry Collins and Bob Melvin.
For me, Melvin gets the clear edge there, although I'd be fascinated to hear Alderson's explanation for why Collins deserves another chance and Collins' take on how he has changed (or hasn't) after 11 years away from a big-league managing job.
As for Hurdle taking the Pittsburgh post...a worthwhile risk for the Pirates. Hiring a pennant-winning manager should generate a little buzz, and while Hurdle is no Bobby Valentine when it comes to pounding the pavement and selling a team to a community, he might be the second-best in this area.
Hurdle, of course, is also no Valentine when it comes to actually managing a team.
--Today kicks off the announcement of the annual BBWAA awards. Here's the schedule:
Monday: AL and NL Rookies of the Year
Tuesday: NL Cy Young
Wednesday: AL and NL Managers of the Year
Thursday: AL Cy Young.
Monday, 11/22: NL MVP
Tuesday, 11/23: AL MVP.
I think both Rookie races are interesting, with Neftali Feliz vs. Austin Jackson in the AL and Jason Heyward vs. Buster Posey in the NL. AL Cy Young is of course very interesting, although I think Seattle's Felix Hernandez will prevail despite his won-loss record (13-12).
NL Cy Young (Roy Halladay) and AL MVP (Josh Hamilton) seem more clear. Managers? Bud Black in the NL, while the AL could be interesting. Ron Gardenhire? Terry Francona? Ron Washington?
I voted for NL Manager, so when that's announced Wednesday, I'll reveal my full ballot.
--Self-promotion alert: I'll be on MLB Network Radio at 8:35 this morning.