Back at the end of May when we were all waiting for Willie Randolph to get the axe from the New York Mets, former Mets catcher Gary Carter decided to take action. While we all sat on our butts, Gary got out there and went on the radio to let us all know he'd totally take the job after the Mets fired Randolph. He caught a bit of heat for it.
I mean, campaigning for a job while somebody else still holds the position just doesn't happen here in the United States, but maybe it should because it seems to work. Barack Obama did it, and now he'll be the next President of the United States, and Gary is going to get that job managing in New York after all.
Carter, a Hall of Famer and former Met, will manage the minor league Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Carter's previous managerial experience includes two successful minor league seasons in the Mets' organization. He was manager of the year in the Gulf Coast League and the Florida State League in 2005 and 2006, and won the Florida State League title in '06.
Okay, so it's not the New York gig he had been hoping for, but it's in the perfect spot for Gary. Since he'll be working on Long Island, he's always only a cab ride away from the Mets front office should the team hit a four game slide next April and he needs to make another pitch.