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08:26 AM ET 08.22 | Howard Johnson raised a little hell in hopes of raising a few batting averages. The Mets hitting coach went ballistic in a meeting before the Mets opened their series against the Pirates on Friday -- a day after manager Jerry Manuel called the lineup "pathetic" for the way it performed against the Astros. Maybe Johnson got a message across: The Mets have scored 12 runs since then in 14 innings of play.

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August 22, 2010  08:30 AM ET

Wasn't Howard Johnson that one guy in that Mel Brooks movie?

August 22, 2010  08:52 AM ET

Howard Johnson could rake. Somebody needs to raise some hell in that dugout considering their payroll and lack of production this season.

August 22, 2010  11:10 AM ET

Ah, a very strategic move by Johnson to wait until late August to motivate his team to start hitting.

August 22, 2010  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wasn't Howard Johnson that one guy in that Mel Brooks movie?

"Hittin Howard Johnson is right!!!"

August 22, 2010  12:33 PM ET

five of the first 10 posts are spam ...

spammers need to find themselves their own site and there they can happily spam each other .... no takers, but then again ... none here either ...

August 22, 2010  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ah, a very strategic move by Johnson to wait until late August to motivate his team to start hitting.

I'll say. I guess he was waiting for the Pirates.
What I want to know is why Manual isn't the one going ballistic. They gotta just cut the guy loose, he has totally checked out.

August 22, 2010  01:13 PM ET
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five of the first 10 posts are spam ... spammers need to find themselves their own site and there they can happily spam each other .... no takers, but then again ... none here either ...

Too bad DDOS attacks are illegal. I've even tried to file complaints with the FCC and FTC denoting their URL's but, of course, no responses from either agency.

August 22, 2010  06:10 PM ET

A career .249 hitter is their hitting coach. Any questions?

August 23, 2010  12:06 AM ET
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I'll say. I guess he was waiting for the Pirates. What I want to know is why Manual isn't the one going ballistic. They gotta just cut the guy loose, he has totally checked out.

Agree, You would think that Jerry Manual would be the one to "Raise Hell" and get the Mets heads on staight-- Isn't this something that Managers get paid to do? Although HoJo stood up and Raised Hell; it just seems that it is the right thing but a little late to be doing... Both Howard Johnson, Jarry Manual or even the Mets Team Captain should have done some yelling and water cooler throwing back in April or May when this all started....
Who is the Mets Team Captain? Whoever it is should be replaced as well as should Jerry Manual before next season>>> A good replacement for Manual might just be HoJo; And for Team Captain Bud Harrelson... Ol' Bud Harrelson used to keep everyone inline even the opposing players...

August 23, 2010  12:12 AM ET
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A career .249 hitter

Suppose a Career .249 Hitter, Hitting Coach can identify the problem and fix it faster than a Career.300 Hitter, Hitting Coach

August 23, 2010  06:14 AM ET

Too little, too late! the Mets are right where they belong....middle of the road to pathetic!

 
August 23, 2010  02:27 PM ET
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Too little, too late! the Mets are right where they belong....middle of the road to pathetic!

Sad thing The New York Mets are not even middle of the road material anymore Thanks to #53 Jerry Manuel... He just needs to go back to Nontreal or Little League and learn how to Manage a Baseball Team

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