We've seen this before. As Mets fans of any length of time we've seen foibles compounded by folly, whereby we wonder if the inmates are running the asylum.
In 2002, the Mets celebrated their 40th anniversary of existence by doing their best to impersonate the 1962 Mets. By acquiring washed up players like Marvelous Mo Vaughan, having press conferences denying marijuana usage or being gay, the Mets attempted to entertain through the ineptness of the early daze. Steve Phillips played the role of the All-Wise George Weiss while Bobby Valentine starred as the "Ole-perfessor" Casey Stengel, giving Academy Award worthy performances in trying to put a brave face on a lousy situation.
Fast forward to 2009 (and 2008 and "naught 7"):
While other teams are "investigating" their options for the trade deadline, the Mets are "investigating" the bad behavior of Tony Bernazard (pronounced Burn-Hazard). The stalling is what's galling - what's there to investigate: Burn-Hazard has gone over the deep-end and needs dismissal or confinement to Bellevue.
Most sane, well-run organizations would have made this decision sooner: GM's, Assistant GM's, other front office personnel have been fired for much less. So what's the hold-up?
When Omar Minaya was first hired as GM we were told he would have absolute control over all baseball decisions. Since Bernazard reports directly to Omar (at least according to the organizational flow-chart), the only delay is how quickly Minaya can draw up the papers. Minaya, if nothing else, is very loyal, especially to players he acquired and his personnel. However, he is loyal to a fault: he thinks everyone he's ever shaken hands with is his friend, and forgets to check the other hand for a dagger.
If this is Minaya's call, then he is a fool for not dismissing Bernazard, who appears to covet Minaya's job. We know it is TB's actions which forced Minaya's hand in Willie Randolph's firing, which based upon the foot dragging, was a task O wasn't all for.
It's also possible that O doesn't have all the power we think he has. His performance in the brief news conference, where an obviously uncomfortable Minaya said "We're investigating..." more than a dozen times in about 2 minutes, shows that the decision isn't his.
Why push Omar out to say nothing, if he cannot make the call here?
This decision then rests squarely on the shoulders of the Wilpons, who have been extremely silent throughout this season. In fact, it is this silence which speaks louder than words.
If they pushed Omar out there to face the music in their stead, shame on them. At least Dave Howard or Jay Horowitz should have been available for (no) comment, instead of Minaya.
The fish rots from the head. The head in 2002 and today is the Wilpons, and it is they who are ultimately responsible for this franchise. Their (in)actions since taking sole control from Nelson Doubleday reflect badly upon them. If they don't know what they are doing, turn over operations to those that do. Omar has made missteps and miscalculations going into this season (which I'll blog about later) but he can overcome them. Either give Omar Minaya the power or put him out of his misery.