ESPN Columnist Suggests Rangers GM Jon Daniels Harbors Hopes of Escape to New York

There’s been speculation that the New York Metropolitans, who are looking for a new general manager, have designs on Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. After the initial rumors, most reports have indicated that he’s probably not going anywhere and that ownership is looking to give him a contract extension after this season in which the Rangers find themselves – as of this blogging – one win from the World Series.

I’ve been a regular reader of ESPN.com columnist Rob Neyer for more than a decade, at least. Sensible fellow that Neyer. While he’s a sabermetric sort, I appreciate his willingness to admit when perhaps the old-school approach to winning baseball games has some merit. Accent on the some – I think he’s dead right about Ron Washington in the ALCS.

However, today he saw fit to suggest that someone like Daniels, who grew up in New York, probably would jump at the chance to get back to his hometown:

I’ve known people who grew up in the Northeast and wound up, for one reason or another, in the Midwest or in Texas. And I can tell you that most of them harbor thoughts about going home, where they can take the subway and it’s not hard to find a real bagel and pizzas don’t taste like cardboard topped with spaghetti sauce.

OK, so maybe he’s right about the bagels.  But all our pizza tastes like cardboard? Hogwash. Here’s Exhibit A.

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