New York Mets

The New York Mets: Not the Sharpest Razor in the MLB Toolshed

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Coach Razor Shines #52 of the New York Mets poses during photo day at Tradition Field on February 23, 2009 in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Jon Z.Correspondent IJune 3, 2009

I really love baseball. All the stats, the games, and the controversy keep me coming back.

 

And the Mets really know how to make things interesting.

 

But come to think of it, I can’t name you more than a handful of third base coaches in the majors. Maybe I’m dumb, but I think that’s the way it should be.

 

Once you get past the cool name “Razor” Shines, you need to ask yourself this: isn’t it a little odd that your third base coach is always getting called out in broadcasts outside of making a great catch of a foul ball?

 

Jerry Manuel and Razor Shines both played together at AAA Indianapolis in 1986 and were reunited in 1991 when Manuel returned to manage while Shines was still playing.

 

Shines was plucked as third base coach shortly after he began managing Philadelphia’s single A affiliate in Clearwater, Florida. (For those of you still intrigued with his major league career, feel free to type his name into the search engine of your choice).

 

Over the past month, the obvious lack of hustle, poor base running, and plays at the plate have me wondering whether the Mets are more concerned with surrounding their organization with poker buddies or focusing on the necessary fundamentals and decisions required to bring home a championship.

 

At this point, former has clearly governed at Citi Field.

 

JZ

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