The 3 worst managers in Mets history ranked

Mets manager Joe Torre
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1) Joe Torre

Joe Torre is revered in New York. Some of it I understand…and some it I don’t. His a local product made good….actually…made great.

As a player…his best years were elsewhere…with the Braves and with the Cardinals. He was a pretty decent catcher who was a really good hitter who converted himself successfully to a third baseman and then first baseman.

By the time he put on a Mets uniform, he was just not very good anymore. In fact, he is most noted for hitting into four double plays in one game. And he always blamed Felix Millan for that. Because if Millan, who was hitting in front of him, hadn’t hit four consecutive singles, Torre could not have possibly achieved such notoriety.

The Mets became Torre’s first managing job when he was asked to be the player-manager following the firing of Joe Frazier in 1977.

Before getting into his managerial time with the Mets, it is important to note his time elsewhere.

First stop after the Mets, Torre returned to his former team, the Braves. And in his first season in 1982, he led the Braves to a first place finish in the Western Division of the National League. After finishing second and third the next two seasons, he took a break from the dugout and became a broadcaster for the California Angels for six seasons. He then joined another former team, the Cardinals. He wasn’t very successful with the Cardinals, and finished there with a sub .500 record.

Torre would, for some reason, be brought in by George Steinbrenner to manage the New York Yankees. He would replace, believe it or not, a young Buck Showalter, who was there to build the dynasty that Torre would eventually benefit as manager. And he did benefit.

Torre would become the manager of a Yankees dynasty that rivaled the best Yankee teams in history…that including four World Championships in five years…and another two American League pennants. Only once in 12 seasons did the Yankees finish with less than 92 wins…and even that one season ended in a WS championship.

So…now…let’s get to Torre as manager of the Mets. It is true that Torre became manager during one of the worst periods of Mets history. Remember, it was 1977. That was the season of the Midnight Massacre. The night they traded Tom Seaver.

There were some aging players like Jerry Koosman, Jon Matlack, Bud Harrelson, John Milner, Ed Kranepool, etc., still around. But you had some young players like Lee Mazzilli and John Stearns. It didn’t matter. The Mets were absolutely brutal under Torre.

Torre’s best contribution as Mets manager? He took the face of the franchise, Lee Mazzilli, who was an exciting player in centerfield, and the Mets most productive offensive player, and decided to turn him into a first baseman. Why? Because he turned himself into a first baseman years earlier? Torre was a catcher and an entirely different player. Mazzilli was a speedy outfielder who got on base, stole bases, and had a little bit of pop. Mazzilli didn’t survive the switch. It ruined him and he was never the same player after Torre got through with him.

To put it in perspective, Torre’s success with the Yankees equaled his failures with the Mets. He had a terrific .605 winning percentage in the Bronx, and a brutal .405 winning percentage in Queens.

While Torre is hailed a hero and glorified as a  Hall of Fame manager…nothing he accomplished, or didn’t accomplish, as manager of the New York Mets is a part of that legacy. In fact, it’s best left forgotten.