Oberkfell Is The Answer To Mets’ Malaise

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The minute Bob Melvin was hired as a “scout” this offseason, most knowledgeable observers deduced that he would be the next manager of the Mets if Jerry Manuel were ever fired.

I don’t dispute that notion, and also think Melvin is a significant upgrade over Manuel, especially in the handling of pitching department.  However, had the Mets acted more decisively this offseason, and gave Melvin the job then, they would have had the option of also hiring the excellent Bryan Price, who was Melvin’s pitching coach in Arizona.  Price resigned rather than stay with the team that (unfairly, I felt at the time) fired his skipper.  He is now indispensably serving as Dusty (Devourer Of Young Pitchers) Baker’s pitching coach in Cincinnati.

Rather, if the Mets really want to change the culture of this team, energize the fanbase and start getting fannies in the seats (which only winning games will do), the answer is simple; Ken Oberkell.


Yes, I am one of the most ardent supporters of Bobby Valentine you will ever find.  But putting him with this team — players he didn’t pick nor have any emotional investment in — seems as irrelavant as it is unlikely.  Promoting Wally Backman to the job seems as far-fetched, as it took the Mets several years to let him back into organization as a minor league skipper, let alone the top job.

Oberkfell was a 16-year MLB third baseman who played with Hall-of-Famers, MVPs and a certain Gold Glove first baseman, and helped the St. Louis Cardinals win a World Series ring.  That should serve notice to any of the Mets’ current veterans who might say “Obie-who?”.  He has managed many of the young Mets when they were coming up (David Wright in particular has a special affection for the man he calls “baseball daddy”).  He has had Jose Reyes, Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese, Ike Davis, Bobby Parnell, Josh Thole in the m,inor leagues, has an excellent reputation amongst his peers, a very good minor league managerial record, and has worked very well with pitching coach Dan Warthen and hitting coach Howard Johnson over the years.

Be creative, for once.


5 thoughts on “Oberkfell Is The Answer To Mets’ Malaise

    Coop said:
    April 14, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    This is epic and so on the money. i feel the mets did their team a grave disservice after 2008 by just handing the managerial job over to Manuel, without at least interviewing around, and interviewing namely Obie. He always has a game plan, there is nothing but respect surrounding his name in the minors and I think he can definitely work a lineup and a bullpen. He’s the man. Two thumbs up.

    Mark Healey responded:
    April 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks Coop, means a lot coming from you.

    Coop said:
    April 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    You are inspiring a blog I have today 😀

    Act Boldly, Act Wisely « Gotham Nation said:
    July 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    […] I’ve said countless times, and written here that the Mets have the perfect man for the job in-house. […]

    […] I have more than once talked about Ken Oberkfell as a viable option, and while Backman as an interm replacement this past summer was “far-fetched”, it isn’t now. […]

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