1) The Mets are expected to announce Tuesday that are taking the "interim" off the title of GM Jim Duquette. They also are expected to bring in two or three veteran baseball man to advise Duquette. Fred Ferreira (Marlins), Bill Lajoie (Red Sox) and Al Goldis (Reds) are among the potential candidates. One has to wonder if Duquette felt like the ugly duckling after being the Mets' final choice behind Gerry Hunsicker (Astros), Omar Minaya (Expos) and John Schuerholz (Braves).
2) Rick Peterson, the pitching coach for the Oakland A's, should be announced soon as the new pitching coach of the Mets to replace the recently fired Vern Ruhle.
3) The Mets shuffled their coaching staff, moving third base coach Matt Galante to the bench and promoting Triple-A manager Bobby Floyd to the big leagues to coach third. Welcome to Queens Bobby!
1) Lefty reliever Royce Ring, who pitched in Double-A for the Mets last season, will make Team USA, according to several reports, and compete in the Olympic qualifying tournament in November. He has pitched well in the Arizona Fall League so far, going 2-0 in five scoreless relief appearances. Ring should compete for a job in the bullpen next spring.
2) It will be strange to not hear the retiring Hall of Fame radio announcer Bob Murphy doing the games next season. The Mets still haven't named a replacement and the decision will be made in conjunction with the flagship station, WFAN of New York.
3) Siyanora Bobby! Bobby Valentine will leave for Japan next week to finalize a deal to again manage the Chiba Lotte Marines. The former Mets manager confirmed his next move before Game 4 of the World Series, saying he was close to an agreement with the Pacific League team.
"It's more than a maybe. It's a good maybe," Valentine said. "I'm really pleased." Valentine earned critical praise as an ESPN analyst this season but found he missed being in uniform. He was fired by the Mets following the 2002 season.
"I like managing 10 times more than television," he said. "It's what I do." Valentine, 53, has used Japan to resurrect his career before. After being fired by the Texas Rangers he managed Chiba Lotte in 1995.
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