Two items in the news regarding the Mets today. Yes, the NL (l)East Mets, the team with high expectations and low destinations. The team announced that they will start their own network, much like the Yankees have with the YES Network. The Mets have teamed up with Time Warner and Comcast to start a regional network that will reach more than 3 million homes and begin in 2006. Reports are saying that the Mets will own 60% of the new network, with Time Warner owning most of the rest and Comcast operating the newtork.
Because of the partnership with Time Warner and Comcast, it is believed that the Mets network will be carried on basic cable. The only quesion is if it will be on Cablevision. The Mets have one year left on its Cablevision contract after paying $54 million for an early out. So will Cablevision want to pay their competitors for a team that spurned them? We'll see. Of course, if the Mets play like they have this year, will anyone want to pay to watch them?
In an attempt to right the ship, the Mets are looking for a manager. The latest candidate to surface is Yankees bench coach, Willie Randolph. The Yankees have given their cross-town "rivals" permission to speak with Randolph about the open position. Kirk Gibson, Detroit's bench coach, is also scheduled to meet with the Mets. Randolph previously spoke to the Mets in 2002 before Art Howe was hired. Other people that have been interviewed or are rumored to be candidates include Carlos Tosca, the former Blue Jays manager, the Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, and former Phillies manager Jim Fregosi.
The hiring of Randolph would mean a return the the Mets for the former player. While he played much of his career with the Yankees, Randolph ended his 17-year playing career with the Mets in 1992.
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