So if you haven't heard Mike Francesa's latest rant you can find it here.
First, one has to find it funny how another propagandist for the Yankees is ranting about the Mets latest performance against the Rockies in a poor attempt to show that he cares. He starts off to say that Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey are being fed to the fanbase that they're the second coming of team greats Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman. I would like to ask Francesa where has he heard that? None of our minor league writers here on AA have said that, I don't recall anyone on Minor League Ball SB Nation blog every saying that. Seems to be another statement that Francesa pulled from his you know where.
Then he goes onto blame Terry Collins. I realize all of us here have mixed opinions our of manager but Collins can only be blamed for so much. He gets pissed that Collins didn't get angry and possibly didn't pull a Frank Frank chair moment in the press conference. Let me ask Francesa this; what good does getting angry and screaming at the players and calling them out publicly in the media? Maybe we should look at Bobby Valentine's Red Sox as a current example hows that working out for them? The answer is not well. Guess what Francesa: yelling at players will make them tune out very quickly. The my-way-or-the-highway attitude was what doomed Collins' stint with the Astros and what caused the player uprising when he was with the Angels. I also use my own experience as a manager to make this point. Screaming at a bad worker in front of the rest of the staff doesn't work in the regular work place either. If you want to turn a staff against you quickly then public humiliation is the quickest route there. I didn't yell at bad employees publicly if there was an issue; I addressed it privately. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't thats the roll of the dice sometimes. Perhaps Francesa should try leaving his talk show bubble and work in a job where you have to get everyone working in a collective unit.
In addition to wanting for Collins to go ape, Francesa should see that Collins doesn't have much to work with, managers can only do so much, eventually players need to play. He goes onto saying that Alderson should be ashamed to show his face in New York. Has Mike been asleep or been living under a rock? He does realize the complete mess that the Minaya front office left him in right? As I've made this point before in various threads here, baseball isn't football, it takes years to rebuild a baseball club. Does he think the Cubs and Astros are all of a sudden going to be competitive next season? How many years did it take for the Pirates, Orioles and Nationals to be competitive? That doesn't take into the affect the Madoff issue which thankfully for the most part is behind the team.