George Greer, the Mets’ Triple-A hitting coach who received credit for “fixing” Travis d’Arnaud during his midseason demotion to Las Vegas, has been reportedly been snagged by the St. Louis Cardinals. (Adam Rubin, ESPN New York)

So, scratch one potential candidate off the list for the Mets’ major league hitting coach vacancy….

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Pre-hurricane baseball news roundup

With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the northeast, I really don’t know how much of an opportunity for blogging I’ll have next week. I’ve done what I can to get ready, and now I’m left to hope for the best. If you’re in the path of the storm, please be safe

Jerry Manuel, seen here taking the baseball from Hisanori Takahashi during a 2009 New York Mets game, could be the next Colorado Rockies manager. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

A few interesting items that have popped up in the news over the last couple of day:

  • The Colorado Rockies interviewed former Mets manager Jerry Manuel for their vacant position, according to the Denver Post. I have to say, I hope he gets the job – just think of the entertainment Manuel could provide if he got hired.
  • With a lack of teams interested in him for a major league manager’s job, Wally Backman will manage the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s next year. I know a lot of you are excited about the possibility of Backman managing the Mets someday, but I’m not. He’s done ok in the minor leagues, but most fans seem to like him because of his 1986 World Series ring. I still remember Buddy Harrelson‘s managerial tenure, so a World Series ring alone is not enough to appeal to me.
  • According to the Star-Ledger’s Andy McCullough, the Mets may play an exhibition game in Las Vegas during spring training. Nice to see them making a bit of an effort to keep their Triple-A affiliate happy, but it’s too bad they didn’t do more when they had one in the Eastern time zone.
  • Finally, Beckett Media’s Chris Olds writes about the postseason “celebration-used” items available through MLB Auctions. I’d scoff, but as someone who spent money for a small display with some dirt taken from the Citi Field pitcher’s mound following Johan Santana‘s no-hitter, I really can’t.
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Bye bye Buffalo, hello Las Vegas

A Las Vegas 51s keychain, circa 2001

The Buffalo Bisons did not enjoy their tenure as the New York Mets Triple-A afflilate, so they opted not to renew their player development contract when it expired. Next year, Buffalo will be affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays, a geographically better match.

That would leave the Las Vegas 51s without a partner, so they were more or less forced to sign a player development contract with the Mets.

It would be kind of neat to go out to Vegas and catch a baseball game next summer, but I can think of a few reasons that it probably won’t be in the cards for me.

I’m sure the hitters in the upper level of the Mets farm system will enjoy the return to the Pacific Coast League… the pitchers will face a bit more of a challenge.