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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. Benny Blanco - Jan 27, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    I hope you honor the ceasefire and give them a break already. Let them get out on the field and see how they play. Then begin bashing if it makes you feel better.
    As last year proved, it could always be worse.

  2. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 27, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Don’t bother trying harder to be nicer. They’re going to wind up with Smoltz and hope like hell he can be their #3.

  3. Jonny5 - Jan 27, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Why be nice? Just report the facts Craig. Such as “I can’t stand the Phillies” WTH was that???

  4. Simon DelMonte - Jan 27, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    You honored the spirit of the cease fire. You didn’t make fun of the Mets (or us fans). You stated an opinion about how the team is run from someone with a decent (though by no means perfect) track record as a local reporter. That’s fair. I really would like to see you tell us what’s wrong with the Cubs and the Dodgers more often, since I think that we will see a big city unholy trifecta this season, but there will be time for that later.
    What I really want to know is why the Wilpons have taken this approach. If you ran ANY corporation that way, you would be uncompetitive (though solvent). Are they trying to get Minaya to quit? Are they so scared about money that they can’t let go a single dime? It leaves me wondering about the effect that the Madoff scheme had on the Wilpons, even if I accept that the Mets are in a different pocket or that the Wilpons didn’t lose that much.
    My only hope at this point is that the Wilpons learn from experience how foolish this is sooner rather than later, and butt out. It happened in the Bronx, after all. It seems to be happening even to the Knicks (who boast their own dysfunctional family ownership in the Dolans). But till then…it’s gonna be a long season, even if the Mets’ best players stay healthy and produce.

  5. Jonny5 - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Simon, I really think last season was a Fluke with the Mets, they can’t do any worse than last season, there’s no way in hell. See, there is an upside, the games still have to be played..

  6. BC - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    How about contracting my Mets and moving the Marlins to Citi Field. At least they have a chance to win something in the next 10 years.

  7. Chris Odell - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    As a Phillies fan, I love watching the Mets (and their fans) suffer. But Klapisch overstates the issues a bit. First, Nieve isn’t a “journeyman” — he’s only 27, and the Mets are only his second team. He might be a mediocrity, but he’s not a journeyman.
    Second, everyone seems to ignore the fact that the Mets have a lot of money and interest tied up in some brilliant-if-mercurial players, particularly Beltran and Reyes. If they don’t bounce back (both health- and performance-wise) in 2010, the Mets are pretty much screwed regardless. (The Ollie Perez contract, on the other hand, is a dead weight loss. I hope they give him 200 IP this year.)

  8. Metsfrk - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    “As a Phillies fan, I love watching the Mets (and their fans) suffer.”
    That’s fine. Just understand that, in baseball, things can change quickly. Enjoy the prosperity as much as you can while it’s available to you and spend less time wallowing in the misery of others.

  9. Drew - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Anyone else think Omar Minaya is the source behind this story?

  10. -z- - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Fred Wilpon is an idiot and the son makes him look like Einstein. Bernie Madoff’s heart was in the right place, he just didn’t go far enough.

  11. YANKEES1996 - Jan 27, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Having been born and raised in New York and being a Yankees fan I hate to see the Mets struggle. To be brutally honest I hate to see any New York team struggle, especially the Rangers. The thing I don’t understand is why are the Wilpons destroying the team? If they want Minaya gone just fire the guy and move on. It will be interesting to see if Jerry Manuel still has his job on June 1st though. Good luck Mets and Mets fans.

  12. Nicky B - Jan 27, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Hows about this… get off your fat asses, close your laptop, do a few laps around your fridge… and see if you can play ball better than any player on the mets, nationals, whatever. Your beer-and-chicken-wing-filled pot bellies won’t allow you to reach 30 feet up the baseline, if you don’t pull a hammy first. People who bash other teams have no argument aside from the jealous words that you all spit onto these pages. They make more than you will ever make in your lifetime, get hotter women and get most of the year off. 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

  13. nasheagles - Jan 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    A a Met Fan — I actually like that they aren’t signing Smoltz or Sheets or Garland too much money for a 4+ ERZ starter… would rahter see the kids come up and get rocked and learn. See what Carter can do at First… not Murphy … he’s a utility INF..period

  14. Nicky B - Jan 27, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Hows about this… get off your fat asses, close your laptop, do a few laps around your fridge… and see if you can play ball better than any player on the mets, nationals, whatever. Your beer-and-chicken-wing-filled pot bellies won’t allow you to reach 30 feet up the baseline, if you don’t pull a hammy first. People who bash other teams have no argument aside from the jealous words that you all spit onto these pages. They make more than you will ever make in your lifetime, get hotter women and get most of the year off. 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

  15. Old Gator - Jan 27, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    “..be a sportsman, a good fan, a decent person, and enjoy the game… or off yourself… i could care less.”
    ROFLMAO – see if you can deconstruct the above tirade for its incipient absurdity and idiocy, why don’t you? Ordinarily I’d parse that fiasco of a syllogism for you and point out the details but I just hurt my ribs howling at it.
    Metsfrk: Don’t mind Odell. He’s got cholesterol plaque all over his cerebral dendrites from eating those horrible horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches they make down there. His eating habits have done to him over the years what it took Nurse Ratched’s surgical resident three minutes and two flicks of a needle file to do to Randle Patrick McMurphy.
    Joey5: oh yes they can do worse. The only thing that was a “fluke” about last season was that the evil spirits of Citibank decided to descend upon their tenants instead of upon their mortgagees.

  16. archilochusColubris - Jan 27, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Anyone else here confused about why this information is being spun as a negative? Because Klapisch is writing about the Mets?
    Not operating with a set budget has got to be every good general manager’s dream. Profit or marginal wins / marginal salary maximization has got to be much easier without an artificial budget constraint, and it seems like one of the biggest market inefficiencies these days is the lack of budget flexibility w/r/t competitiveness. If i were a GM i’d be chomping at the bit to get ahold of this situation.
    Unless, that is, ownership is meddling so much in personnel decisions that the GM office is losing the authority to do their job…

  17. Simon DelMonte - Jan 27, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    It is a head scratcher that Billy Beane would pay $10 million to Sheets when even Omar Minaya wouldn’t. But we can be thankful for the little things.

  18. archilochusColubris - Jan 27, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Anyone else here confused about why this information is being spun as a negative? Because Klapisch is writing about the Mets?
    Not operating with a set budget has got to be every good general manager’s dream. Profit or marginal wins / marginal salary maximization has got to be much easier without an artificial budget constraint, and it seems like one of the biggest market inefficiencies these days is the lack of budget flexibility w/r/t competitiveness. If i were a GM i’d be champing at the bit to get ahold of this situation.
    Unless, that is, ownership is meddling so much in personnel decisions that the GM office is losing the authority to do their job…

  19. Omar Minaya - Jan 27, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    None of this is true! That reporter from the Daily News is out to get us again!!!
    Sorry, gotta go. I think Carlos Baerga is coming out of retirement and I want to be first in line to sign him.

  20. Jonny5 - Jan 27, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Old Tater, wanna put money on it? ;>)

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

    I’m a long way from New York and don’t follow the Mets closely, so will somebody out there please tell me why it is that they steadfastly refuse to go ahead and put Jonathon Niese into the rotation this year?

  22. Old Gator - Jan 27, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Not on the Mets specifically, but on Murphy’s Law in general, absolutely.

  23. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 27, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Opinions and toilet paper, get flushed after use.
    June 1, what happens if he is fired July-13-2010
    I guess the Mets should have gotten a guarantee like the Phillies, if they did none of those injuries would have happened, stupid Omar, Jerry and Wilpons!

  24. sjp - Jan 27, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    “Nieve isn’t a “journeyman” — he’s only 27, and the Mets are only his second team. He might be a mediocrity, but he’s not a journeyman.”
    LMAO.
    jour⋅ney⋅man
    2. any experienced, competent but routine worker or performer.

  25. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 27, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    WOW, you have 2 world series titles and 10,000 loses, we need you advice, get loss loser!!!!!

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