Mets owner Fred Wilpon broke his extended silence yesterday, just long enough to take one question from The Post, and indicated he already has his general manager in place for 2010.
“Am I going to bring Omar back next year?” Wilpon said. “Absolutely. That’s a fact.”
You can take that at face value if you want. Or you could compare it to previous votes of confidence given by the Mets. You can also try to figure out how the injuries play into all of this. On the one hand, you probably have a hard time blaming your manager and GM for the bad year when virtually every single good player you have is on the DL for long stretches. On the other, if you were to fire, say, your manager after losing a bunch of games due to injuries, his replacement is almost certainly to have better luck and a better record, thereby making you look pretty smart for making the change. At least to people who don’t pay too close attention to such things.
My view is that anything can happen when the Wilpons and Omar Minaya are involved, so it wouldn’t shock me to see at least Jerry Manuel gone before next spring, vote of confidence or not.