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The Most Unamazin' Year

Posted on: October 5, 2009 12:09 am
Edited on: October 7, 2009 4:57 pm
 

Thank goodness the 2009 season has finally ended. This year is eerily similar to 2004. However, that team had a lower payroll and much lower expectations coming in. It ended with Art Howe and Jim Duquette being let go, but also the hope of Reyes and Wright(who has been recalled about halfway through) as the "new core." That year ended with some hope. 2009 ends with little if any. In fact, mostly anger. Anger towards management, ownership and the players.

This season ends and the manager and GM are returning! Somehow, they've escaped the axe that Bernazard, Pena and I'm sure a few coaches(Shines and Warthen quite likely) didn't. Imagine the guys who hired them and were responsible for them skate by in a season of utter failure? It just shows how clueless the Wilpon's are and how accountability is a joke to them. I guess that's what made them such an easy mark for the likes of Bernie Madoff.

The Wilpon's then have the hubris to send season ticket holders a mea culpa saying Omar and them will spend the money necessary and make the deals needed to make the Mets a contender. Yeah right. They did the same thing after 2007 and 2008 and how did that turn out? Don't they know the overwhelming majority want to see Minaya and Manuel held accountable with their jobs and a new direction happen? Of course they don't! These are the same owners who Nelson Doubleday mocked as he sold his shares to them. These are the same owners who built a new stadium and forgot that the fans wanted to see Mets players honored, not old Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia. These are the same owners who named their stadium after an institution that nearly help bankrupt our economy. Pure arrogance. In fact, hubris.

So in 2010, there will be little real turnover. A few underlings will be replaced. However, the main culprits for this year's debacle remained employed. It's amazin' to think anyone would give them another crack at failure. Minaya has done it 3 straight years. I mean that's a hat trick! Manuel basically tanked it after Omar refused to make any moves @ the deadline. Did he just once take his players to task for a lack of hustle and baseball acumen? Maybe he can't because he has none himself. I mean he was what a .199 career hitter? He's great with the media, but so what? Jerry's not the worst manager, but why must this organization always settle for mediocrity like Howe, Randolph and Manuel? Why can't we have Hodges, Johnson and Valentine? There are guys out there much, much better. I mean for both the manager and GM gigs.

So are we to trust these guys to right the ship? A GM who blamed the firing of his out-of-control assistant on a beat writer? A GM who used the word hope more than a politician on the campaign trail? A GM who promised players to return and they never did because his medical personnel misdiagnosed or mishandled virtually every case? Then upon failing to understand that, he furthered hampered the situation by doing nothing. I mean adding Valdez, Hernandez and Misch? How does this guy keep his job? On top of that, he didn't even know his ace pitcher had elbow problems in the spring? It's simply mind-boggling.

We are to trust a manager who never hits-and-runs despite his team's lack of power and ability to drive the ball in the gaps? We are to trust a manager who mishandles the bullpen and often fails to make rudimentary switches? We are to trust a manager who looked puzzled before, during and after games? We are to trust a manager who batted Dan Murphy in the clean-up spot? We are to trust a guy who back-stabbed Ryan Church questioning his manhood once he left? I think not.


So they return and so will the core. A core in 5 years that has won one division, one playoff series, had 2 monumental chokes and now a 92 loss season? A core where 3/4's(Delgado, Reyes and Beltran) spent the majority of the season on the DL? A core whose heart was questioned before this year and did little to nothing to change that perception? I think not. Reyes, Wright and Beltran will be back. Delgado is incredibly still a possibility. It's really mind-boggling. There is no accountability. The emperor wears no clothes in Flushing.

So who will they add to this core? A left-fielder? A catcher? A first baseman? A second baseman? A set-up man?  A #2 pitcher? All those areas are deficient and need to be addressed. How will that happen with this GM and the supposed lack of funding necessary? Players like Lackey, Marquis, B.Molina, Barajas, N.Johnson, DeRosa, Uggla, Hudson, Holliday, Bay and Dye and others who will or may be available this off-season. How are the Mets suppose to sign or trade for them? If they don't trade a core player or 2, who can they deal for a position they can't address with money? Does anyone want damaged goods(knee surgery) like Fernando Martinez off his .176 season and his horrible defensive and baserunning performances? Does anyone want a young DH like Dan Murphy? Do the Mets deal Bobby Parnell who with the right coaching may become a solid set-up man or even backend starter? Did Jon Niese show enough to include in a deal to get a top offensive player or pitcher? Who else is available in their weak system? Holt off a near 6 ERA @ Double A? Havens off a .230-20+ error performance @ St.Lucie(A). Flores off an amazin' 3HR-31RBI-.270 performance @ Savannah(lower A). Marte off a 49 error (not a misprint), .240 performance @ Savannah? Those are the players you hear and would hope to move saving Thole, Davis and some lower level prospects who did well. Will anyone bite? Does anyone still respect Minaya after this year and his buffoonery? You think that might hurt getting some free-agents and make GM's back-off deals? I certainly do.

Then there is this team's attitude and mindset. It is not one of a championship team. They often talk and act like they've won something. Well, they've won little/nothing. They have a lot to prove and rarely if ever act like that. There is almost never a sense of urgency. There is rarely a sense of pride. There is a sense of slothfulness, arrogance and excuse-making. It's always the pen, the starters, the schedule, the injuries. It's never them. That won't change by just adding. They need to subtract. The GM, manager and at least one of the core need to be extracted for this club to become a team. They're a joke of an organization and that carries onto the field. A missed pop-up to end a game. A dropped flyball. A missed base. A triple play to end another. A bad throw. Forgetting to cover second base. Throwing away a ball to HP. Taking a call third strike. Running back to a base not knowing where the ball is. Not knowing the proper number of outs. All those things happened in 2009 and they were not a result of injuries, but poor baseball acumen, bad coaching, a lack of understanding fundamentals and little to no pride. That won't change by adding a few players. The mindset and culture must change.

Will they be better with some moves and the core intact? Of course! They won 70 games. At worst it should be a 15 game improvement. However, so what? That may be good enough to land in 4th place again. The Braves have a great staff with Hudson, Lowe, Jurrjens, Vazquez and Hanson. The Marlins have Ramirez and a good young staff. The Phillies are 3 time NL East champions and have a core which has won. This team needs a major upgrade and not just in talent, but in attitude. A quick fix won't work. They'll be once again a disappoinment.

The way I see it, is at the end of 2010, Manuel and Minaya will be fired for failing again. Why waste a year when the inevitable will occur? Change should happen now. Hire a new GM and manager and forge a new direction. Trade Beltran if possible before he misses more time with his achy knees and his desire for another contract. Tell him no and send him to an AL team where he can play CF and DH. Bring back pitching and prospects. Say no to Delgado and his sour disposition, achy hip and questionable heart. Welcome Reyes back, but get a solid back-up like a Felipe Lopez or Khalil Greene or Eckstein who could fill-in if he's not ready or hurting. Be proactive. Do everything under the sun to get Doc Halliday. Trade Martinez, Holt, Parnell and Havens if need be. Then wrap up Halliday for 3 years. Make a deal to get Carl Crawford or BJ Upton here. Either can play LF or CF if needed. BJ is Wright's buddy and having him and Frenchy may perk him up. Crawford is a beast. The Mets would have to part with perhaps an Ike Davis(Pena may not return to TB) and perhaps Parnell or Familia, but they'd be worth dealing for real quality like either of those 2. Both fit Citifield to a tee. They have speed and pop. They'll be able to hit it over the wall and into the gaps. The Mets would be double and triple crazy. Trade Castillo for anything and get Uggla or Hudson. Both have pop and unlike Castillo have range. Castillo had only 16 extra basehits all year and the defense started to play him like he was hitting in little league. That's just embarrassing. Being he hit .300 and had a good OB% he is now at least somewhat in demand. Deal him now! As for catcher, I'm fine with Santos as a back-up, but get Molina or Barajas. Whoever signs first comes here. Get a stick like DeRosa or Johnson @ 1B. Add depth with a player like Blaylock who can play 1B and 3B. Release Tatis. Keep Pagan as a 4th OF, if you don't deal him. If you do, Sullivan is a nice 4th OF. He is a superior fielder and baserunner and has some pop. He also is a good presence on the bench. Release Reed. Get rid of Hernandez and Valdez and bring back Cora as the 25th guy off the bench. Tweak the pen. More importantly, get a good coaching staff and GM.

The Mets can bring in Valentine or Showalter. Both have presence and stress fundamentals. This team would play good baseball. Valentine is more interesting for the press. Showalter can build an organization and would assist the GM. The GM could be John Towers who help build many good SD teams. Pat Gillick is possible as well. The Red Sox and Rangers have top assistants as well. Bring in a guy who can communicate with ownership, the manager and the press. No more clown shows from Minaya. The Randolph fiasco, the Bernazard disgrace and the Santana embarrassment are enough. It's time to put someone in power who is competent. It's time to hire a manager who stresses fundamentals and accountability. It's time for change. Unless it happens, 2010 will also be unamazin'.

Category: MLB
Tags: Mets
 
Comments

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2009 10:32 pm
 

The Most Unamazin' Year

Hearing te Mets ownership declare every season as "unacceptable" is becoming a regular trend. It's also a joke, in fact, what's "unacceptable" is having a GM as idiodic as Omar run the show, and getting the same results (not winning).  I'm sick of wragging about Omar all the time, but the fact is until he's gone, history will continue to repeat itself again and again.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2009 11:37 am
 

The Most Unamazin' Year

You hit the nail right on the head... The Mets are an old, run down, delicate group who is not remotely close to winning anything in terms of a division or playoff spot... They need a complete overhaul... And all their fans can do is sit around and dream of them signing all the best players in the league to make it better... Basically all they need to do is restructure the front office, find a whole new coaching staff, replace most of the players and get Darling and Hernandez out of the booth so that you can actually stand to listen to the games... Sounds like 65% of MLB teams' problems to me... The only reason the Mets get more of the 'turn it around next year' discussions going is because they are in the top 5% as far as wallet depth goes... No way they all of the sudden pull all the right strings next year... So dream into next year again Mets faithful... The Phightin' Phils will stomp the dreams to an end once more... 



Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2009 8:51 am
 

The Most Unamazin' Year

J Wilpon put Omar and Manuel on the hot seat, as per interview I was
glad to hear Wilpon step-up and tell that this year was totally unacceptable!
Go get a firstbaseman and a solid starting ptcher to start! ya it is time for a
change! the wrong persons were let go!



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2009 9:50 pm
 

The Most Unamazin' Year

Hey Starblazer,
It's great to finally see you post something about the Mets again. Awesome post, great ideas, spot on, and you know truly a dream. You and I both know Omars antics all too well by now. And the likes of Jose Contreras, Javier Vasquez, and Vincent Padilla are going to be the more realistic options. I'm sickened already thinking about it.
Anyway, it was good hearing from you, I really don't have time this second. I'll be in touch soon to continue our frustrating talks concerning our Mets
Thanks Jade.  I'll probably stop by once the World Series ends and the off-season begins. I have little faith in 2010 being a great year. It will be better, but how could it be worse?



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2009 9:44 pm
 

The Most Unamazin' Year

The simplest and most direct route...

That which allows everything else to fall neatly in place....

That which cover most (if not all) deficiencies...

     Is PITCHING:   Get 3 quality durable starters  &n
bsp; get 2 decent number 4s     shore up mid to long relief     
;  get a closer

   don't compromise on this....and you will have a winner.

 


I agree, that's why I'd go after Halliday and sign a Marquis or Lackey. The Mets GM will get none of them. You watch, he'll say he tried, he'll fail and he'll sign Jose Contreras and try to sell him, Maine and Perez as guys who are going to bounce back. It's his "hope" approach. That approach is in effect hopeless. He never has a plan. It's just about hope. Hope is for dreamers. Winning is for doers.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2009 9:36 pm
 

The Most Unamazin' Year

but your solutions are unrealistic. What's unrealistic is bringing back a GM and manger who are incompetent and expecting them to turn things around. Upton and Crawford are on the block. One has to go. BJ is a bud of Wright. He's a perfect fit in Citifield.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2009 9:34 pm
 

The Most Unamazin' Year

 but then you go and blast the organization for acquiring Santana who EVERYONE believed What are you talking about? I never said that. Santana was Omar's ONLY good trade in 5 years.

Your solution is acquiring HallidayHis team gives up after the all-star break. It's not on him. He's great, Toronto isn't.


The Mets lost Beltran, Delgado, and Reyes for the majority of the season Dude, with them, they choked in consecutive years. They played horrible baseball with and without them. In fact, the worst since the lovable losers of 1962. The difference is this team isn't lovable and they wasted 147 million. All 3 are lacking heart and a stomach. In fact, Beltran takes 5 games off when his tummy hurts.

You want the GM from SD, but they haven't sniffed a WS title despite having Peavy and Young (and playing in the NL's weakest division)? On a shoe-string budget he won 4 divisions and an NL title. The Mets GM in 5 years has won bupkus while spending 700 million. 

If you want to exchange Wright and Beltran for Blaylock and Eithier, I'm sure those organizations would be glad to take them off your hands.  I'd trade Beltran in a heart-beat for Ethier. He led the majors in walk-off hits. Beltran had none. In fact, all year, the Mets had 2. beltran is aging and making 19 million.

Wright isn't going anywhere and shouldn't. Along with Santana, K-Rod and Francoeur they're the only Mets with any heart or integrity.

Take Brady, Moss and Welker off the Patriots and see how they performThe Pats lost Brady and almost made the playoffs. They won 11 games. Why? Pioli and Bellichick are smart. Their players believe in them.

Blaylock should be acquired to play 1B and come off the bench. The Mets bench is a joke.



Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2009 5:03 pm
 

The Most Unamazin' Year

Hey Starblazer,
It's great to finally see you post something about the Mets again. Awesome post, great ideas, spot on, and you know truly a dream. You and I both know Omars antics all too well by now. And the likes of Jose Contreras, Javier Vasquez, and Vincent Padilla are going to be the more realistic options. I'm sickened already thinking about it.
Anyway, it was good hearing from you, I really don't have time this second. I'll be in touch soon to continue our frustrating talks concerning our Mets.



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2009 2:05 pm
 

The Most Unamazin' Year

I know you're frustrated and upset, but lets call it like it is.  The Mets lost Beltran, Delgado, and Reyes for the majority of the season and Wright for 3 weeks (and when he came back he wasn't ready to go).   Take Brady, Moss and Welker off the Patriots and see how they perform.  Those kind of injuries demoralize an entire team, and lets face it, the Mets minor league prospects are no match for the Phillies and Cardinals.  If you or any Mets fan was expecting an organization to overcome those losses and still compete for a division title, then you're living in La La Land. 

You make some good points, but then you go and blast the organization for acquiring Santana who EVERYONE believed at the time (and some still do) to be the best pitcher in baseball.  Your solution is acquiring Halliday?  Look up what his winning percentage has been after the All-Star break and you'll see a career winning percentage around .500 with an ERA in the upper 3's.  You want the GM from SD, but they haven't sniffed a WS title despite having Peavy and Young (and playing in the NL's weakest division)?  

Take a cold shower and cool off.  Stuff happens.  If you want to exchange Wright and Beltran for Blaylock and Eithier, I'm sure those organizations would be glad to take them off your hands.  No one can predict injuries and it makes no sense to spend more money during the season to achieve the same result. 

In this case you'll have to wait until next year - sorry!  




Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2009 4:47 am
 

The Most Unamazin' Year

The simplest and most direct route...

That which allows everything else to fall neatly in place....

That which cover most (if not all) deficiencies...

     Is PITCHING:   Get 3 quality durable starters  &n
bsp; get 2 decent number 4s     shore up mid to long relief     
;  get a closer

   don't compromise on this....and you will have a winner.


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