Recap: Jerry Manuel on Mejia, LOOGY and Competition

PhotoJerry Manuel took time during today’s game against the Braves to talk on air with SNY’s Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez, and had the following to say regarding…

The competition in camp for the final spots on the roster:

“I don’t think there are that many as… We have that fifth spot where we think we’ll be OK.  Obviously center field is a big spot for us, obviously.  I think those two spots, and the eighth inning, those are spots we’re looking for at this time.”

Jerry Mejia, and whether he will start the season in the big-league bullpen:

“I think if we feel like he’s throwing strikes and has some command of the strike zone, with the stuff that he has, he can be a very big part of the bullpen.  But, that being said, going forward, we have to project that, possibly, he can be an eighth-inning guy at some point, but we wouldn’t start out in that fashion.  We would start out trying to get him confidence and some success and go from there.  But, he has a tremendous, tremendous arm, and what he has done so far is dominate hitters, but it’s spring training and we have to be careful with that as well.”

Pedro Feliciano, and whether he needs another left-handed specialist in the bullpen:

“Yes, I would.  I’d like to have three of them down there (laughing).  You’re right.  I have to be careful when using Feliciano.  With just one lefty, you’ve got to sense when the game is on the line.  if it’s on the line, and it’s the sixth inning, you’ve got to take your shot.  But, you’re right, I’d love to have a couple of reliable guys like that down there… I think Hisanori Takahashi can be that, because he’s a guy who historically saved some games during his career.”

To listen to audio of Manuel talking to Cohen and Hernandez, click play below:

File Attachment: JerrySNYMarch23.mp3 (2348 KB)




32 comments
darealeric
darealeric

And of course, to all the resident Melo nuthuggers here, it's never suspicious as to why EVERY SINGLE TIME any coach, GM or other front office exec has Melo on his lips, it's always a question of "is he coachable"?

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

The only way I would even consider a sign and trade for melo is if a team took Felton and Jr Smith's contracts as part of the deal this way we would really clear the deck for 2015 and 2016. The only team I can see doing this with is Houston being Lin and Asik make 15 mil each this coming season on expiring contracts.

sandybgone
sandybgone

Melo is gone...no way he stays unless he chooses money over winning...

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Boeheim's statement can be viewed in a variety of ways, but it's surely not telling Melo to stay in NY and sign with the Knicks.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Someone needs to ask Boeheim if Lou Carnesecca's career was a failure/


Or Eddie Sutton.. 

mrdullah
mrdullah

Kobe is old school... he'd rather beat LBJ... PERIOD... ain't no way Kobe takes this new fangled team up BS...

#next

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

This whole idea that somehow players are viewed as failures if they dont have a championship is an insult to the many many great players in the history of the game who never won a chip.


It also minimizes the extreme difficulty of actually winning the Championship.



Andi
Andi

@anthony G. Decesare Heck no...only because I want Houston to feel the pain when they gave Lin that contract structure; where most of the money is on the 3rd year. I don't want to bail out Houston. Yes, still a bit peeve lol.

buddhabing
buddhabing

Both scenarios would net the Knicks nothing in terms of assets in a sign and trade. If he goes I just hope it's to a team that can bring back either talented young players or draft picks; preferably both.

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

@mrdullah You remember Kobe when he played one season with Smush Parker and Chris Mihm in the starting lineup after they just drafted Andrew Bynum? Kobe was very close to bolting for Chicago after the Lakers failed to bring Kidd in. Every athlete can only do so much with bad management. They dont pull off that miracle trade which was Kwame for Pau Gasol in his prime basically, Kobe was a goner. Kobe isn't any different.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@BiggieTKB People truly think that winning a chip is an every day feat. If they don't get it done, it speaks volumes about the player (of course, in a negarive fashion).


At the same time, winning an NCAA title isn't seem as a great accomplishment.


Contradictions abound. 

barnaby87
barnaby87

@BiggieTKB What are you talking about Biggie?  Obviously guys like Stockton, Malone, and Barkley were all scrubs...

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@knicksgirl35 @BiggieTKB it's really said coming from Boeheim who has been a professional coach in the same spot for near 40 odd years and has only ONE Championship..  And that only happened with Carmelo Anthony. 



What about all the great College Coaches and NBA coaches who have never had the privilege of being part of a championship?


Lou Carneseca..  being one.


thanks :-)

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

@Sandro Guedes @barnaby87 @BiggieTKB uh oh Sandro just logged in. Buy stock into this thread now as the number of comments are primed to rise! lol

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@AgeesCatch and for the b*tchin and moaning fellowship that would fuel their agenda to continue b*tchin and moaning, thus making them feel completely happy and full of bliss through misery.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @VerySilentJay @barnaby87 @BiggieTKB Barkley was a PF, his game was close to the basket, hence the efficiency numbers.

If you're gonna use overall shooting %, then he shot 26% for his career from 3. That ain't kosher.

And, if by better you mean, avg 1.5 steals when Melo avg 1.1 or by  better you mean 0.8 when Melo avg 0.5, or uf by better you mean 3.9 assists instead of Melo's 3.1.


Goshdarn, that seems mighty close to me.


How can he be selfish if he averages almost the same number of assists Barkley had?

Barkley reached the finals because he moved out Wes to an extremely potent Phoenix team t to avoid meeting Jordan, which he couldn't do during his time in Philly, where he played with lesser players like Moses Malone and Julius Erving.