Heyman on Mets:
Two of the prospective buyers of the Mets, Stevie Cohen and Anthony Scaramucci, are known to be close to ex-Mets manager Bobby Valentine. The Wilpons are trying to sell a large minority stake in the team with the understanding they'd retain control of the operation of the team. But it would be interesting if a new partner wanted to bring Valentine in to manage.
Fred Wilpon has resisted hiring Valentine since firing him following his very successful run in Queens from 1996 to 2002, which included the first back-to-back postseason appearances in franchise history in 1999 and 2000.
But a vocal limited partner could bring Valentine's name back into play. Valentine, at the Yankees-Rangers game Sunday night for ESPN, was asked about the possibility of this happening, and he replied, "Why would I want to do that? I have a great job.'' Friends of Valentine's believe his managing career isn't over.
Terry Collins predicted his Mets would go 9-2 over an 11-game stretch but that isn't going to happen, since they lost the first three. But Collins helped the Mets to a win over the Braves on Sunday by employing starters Chris Capuano and R.A. Dickey in relief to break a seven-game losing streak.
The Mets have made several mental mistakes this year, and outfielder Angel Pagan inexplicably seems to have regressed.
Meanwhile, Brad Emaus, the Rule V pickup at second base, hasn't impressed many. "He looks like a Quadruple A player,'' one competing GM said.