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The Mets are a mess

Jan 27, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

Unless something really ridiculous happens today I’m going to do my best to honor Bob’s voluntary cease fire on the Mets for as long as a I can. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t outsource the mocking.  Here’s Bob Klapisch:

None of this is good news for the Mets’ fans, who are wondering
what, exactly, Minaya has done to improve the team this winter. The
signing of Jason Bay has been virtually negated by the GM’s inertia . . . Unless Smoltz changes his mind, the Mets likely will begin the
season with journeyman Fernando Nieve as their No. 5 starter. He lines
up behind Perez, John Maine and Mike Pelfrey, all of whom will come to
camp with health issues and emotional baggage.

The gap between the Mets and Phillies has never been wider than it
is today. So unless Santana can pitch three times a week, Jerry Manuel
will have to rely on tightly crossed fingers to keep his job beyond
June 1.

Why are things so dire? According to Rosenthal it’s all about the process, or lack thereof, employed by the front office:

The Mets, multiple industry sources say, do not function like most
clubs. Their unique style would be fine if they were building
championship teams. Instead, they’re coming off a 70-win season and losing out on free agent after free agent–except for one, left fielder Jason Bay, who seemingly lacked a better option.

Ownership, rather than giving Minaya a set budget, weighs the
finances of each acquisition separately, forcing the team to run down
its priority list one move at a time. The paint-by-numbers approach,
which inhibits multitasking and creativity, would work against any GM.

In other words, despite Omar Minaya’s manifest shortcomings, he’s not the one most responsible for this mess. It’s ownership. And if the Wilpons can’t be taken down by a financial collapse and the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, nothin’ is going to take them down.

Hmmm. I guess this post didn’t honor the spirit of the cease fire.  I’ll try harder to be nicer to them tomorrow.

  1. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 27, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    He is coming off a injury last year too, I think he tore his groin
    and he fell off the mound and had to be carried off.

  2. ecp - Jan 27, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Yeah, I knew Niese had an injury, but I thought he would be ready by spring training. Maybe not…

  3. Joe - Jan 27, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    You hit the nail right on the head. HMMMM

  4. Joey B - Jan 27, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    “Get a life, get some exercise, and enjoy the game for what it is. A GAME!!! I would venture to say that most who bash teams like the mets have horrible lives, controlling wives, husbands, mothers… and have no other vehicle to disparage someone cause once you get home your balls are cut off and your life stinks… be a sportsman, a good fan, a decent person, and enjoy the game… or off yourself… i could care less”
    Long post for someone that could care less.
    If you are content to root for a team that is badly run, while paying premium ticket prices, then so be it. But there is a large segment of society that expects a performance proportionate to price. The NYM have had the highest payroll in the league for five years, and made the POs once. There is nothing wrong with pointing that out. Whether it’s Minaya or the idiot son, someone should stand up and take responsibility for the team performance.
    IRT the subject matter, I have never seen either NY team so quiet. The EE I understand, since they just won the WS. It’s a good opportunity to take a chance with Gardner and the other kids, and yes, I hate them. But the NYMs are seemingly completely adrift. They aren’t quite like the Knicks, with Thomas and the idiot son being fleeced at every turn, but they are being run into the ground.

  5. LostMetsfan - Jan 27, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    JoeyB – The Mets are not being run into the ground, the problem is that the Mets are not being run at all! Omar Minaya has proven on several occasions that he has no clue what he is doing, yet he remains. The Wilpons whether you are talking about the father or the son are completely clueless. They remind me of the idiots that own the Detroit Lions. Requesting or demanding that someone in that office stand up and take responsibility for the teams performance is like shouting at a brick wall, you are going to get exactly no results. You would think that if you were willing to build a new ballpark you would at the very least be willing to field a team that was able to play at a high level and make it to the post-season, but that quite obviously is too much to ask from the lost minds of the Mets ownership and front office. I hate to say it but maybe they should take advice on building a winning team from the team across town. I am so disgusted with Mets that it gives me a headache to talk about them!

  6. willmose - Jan 27, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Craig this article is on point about the Mets. It is not their GM or their manager, both are not great, but not as bad as some people make them out to be. It isn’t their overpaid under performing players. It’s not even their constantly whining fans. The problem of the Mets starts at the top, until ownership addresses its woeful management of the team, the rest, the GM, the manager, the players and fans don’t matter. The saying is that fish rots from the head. Mets ownership needs to take a long hard look at itself and come to grip with its many shortcomings. To the Wilpons take a deep breathe of reality. Fix what is wrong with your management of the team. The rest will take care of itself.

  7. Joey B - Jan 27, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    You would think that if you were willing to build a new ballpark you would at the very least be willing to field a team that was able to play at a high level and make it to the post-season, but that quite obviously is too much to ask from the lost minds of the Mets ownership and front office.
    Yup, the NYM, the NYK, Detroit Lions, and the Oakland Raiders. You’d think that the owners would take notice and want to do something. How many years in a row did the Lions draft a WR #1? How many times have my poor hapless Raiders trade for or sign a guy that could’ve possibly do anything more than help them go from 4 wins to 6 wins? Why?
    The problem, similar with the Raiders, is a rich guy owns them, and has handed operations to his son as a kind of birthday present. Then the son doesn’t want to acknowledge that he made a mistake in whom he hired, and since they don’t report to anyone, won’t be fired.
    I have to think that Mr. Dolan and Mr. Wilpon would prefer the team to be badly run rather than replace their sons, and they are rich enough not to care.

  8. James - Jan 28, 2010 at 4:13 AM

    It always amuses me when people misuse the phrase “couldn’t care less” and change it to “could care less.”
    If they took 3 seconds to pause and think about what they were saying they would realize that saying they could care less doesn’t quite have the impact they think it does.

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