By Mike Steffanos
There's a new Mailbag on Mets.com.
I enjoy Marty Noble. He obviously has no future in diplomacy, and I can respect that. Among the more interesting responses:
Someone voiced a concern that scares the hell out of me: the possibility of Don Sutton getting hired to do the color on the Mets' new network. The writer mentioned Keith Hernandez, David Cone and Al Leiter as alternatives. Noble's responded that he could understand the writer's "angst". While not saying anything directly against Sutton, he praised Hernandez, saying: "His knowledge of how the game is played and should be played is staggering and -- I must admit -- more than I can process at times. He thinks an inning or two ahead as the rest of us try to track what just happened." I couldn't agree more with that statement.
He also described Cone as "bright" and Leiter as "terrific". For those of you out there that may not have forgiven Al for last year, does the thought of Don Sutton on all the games make it easier? Any one of those 3, or any combination, would be vastly preferable to Sutton. Let him stay in Atlanta.
In response to some other questions, Noble feels the Mets are "aiming higher" than Lyle Overbay right now and ground breaking for the new stadium is still slated for next year. There is an interesting response to a question as to whether David Wright would do better next year. In response to a question about Lastings Millege being traded, Noble points out that, "the Mets again have taken a win-now, pay-later approach." Amen.