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Published August 24, 2009
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KEEPING THE THRONE: Mets Owner Fred Wilpon Saturday, when asked about the future of GM Omar Minaya, said, "Am I going to bring Omar back next year? Absolutely. That's a fact." Minaya later said Mets manager Jerry Manuel "is my guy," inferring Manuel will return for the '10 season. In N.Y., Joel Sherman wrote Wilpon "just assured that the main faces of the 2009 humiliation will return next year." What will be "interesting now is how the Mets try to spin this; how they attempt to convince their fans that Minaya and Manuel are the best duo equipped to pull them out of this death swirl" (N.Y. POST, 8/23).
MAGIC CARPET RIDE: In Philadelphia, Michael Klein noted the Phillies last week started selling "old clubhouse carpet" from last season, cutting it into 18-by-24 inch pieces featuring player numbers, MLB hologram stickers and "World Series Champions" patches. The carpet featuring the number of a "bench player" will cost $150, while a patch for players such as 1B Ryan Howard or 2B Chase Utley is selling for $250 (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/23).
CLOSING TIME: In Ft. Worth, Jim Reeves reported the MLB Rangers in October will close their Legends of the Game Museum and "plan to redesign the space in hopes of better using it to generate" more revenue, "another sign of the times when it comes to the Rangers' financial distress." Rangers Exec VP/Communications John Blake: "We need to make it more financially solvent. As a stand-alone museum, it just doesn't generate any revenue." The team hopes to "have the new space ready" by the start of next season (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/23).