Who the heck is running this team?
Posted on: January 14, 2010 11:12 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2010 11:43 pm
John Ricco gives a statement to the media about Beltran and states he didn't have permission and the Mets are in fact "disappointed" with Beltran's decision. He makes it clear the Mets didn't like what he did, nor did they endorse it.
Beltran says that he had Minaya's blessing to have the operation and seems stunned by the fuss.
Everyone has seen that Jeff Wilpon is taking an even stronger role in the organization behind the scenes and at times in front of the camera.
The Mets have basically no real voice. They have 3 different voices who at times say different things. This team is rudderless.
You have your star CF who just recovered from an injury, getting operated on(again) and missing significant time. It's not just the 12 weeks, but the fact he'll need more time to get in baseball shape. You figure if lucky, by June 1 Beltran will be where he needs to be. By then, this team with it's pitching woes and lack of depth on the MLB team and minors, may be .500 or under and battling the Nats, not the Phillies. That's not good for the manager, GM or his minions. They're on the hotseat as it is.
Then you know what you'll hear on talk radio, the internet, the newspapers(the few left) and of course from the fans live. Derisive chants of the manager and GM. The players being booed. This team could see changes early on. We all know both the manager and GM have a short leash. Losing Beltran this late in the off-season unexpectantly is a huge blow. What complicates it is Beltran's history of rebounding from injury, his age(he'll be 33 by time he returns) and his lack of activity over the last calandar year. Signing Bay will help, but unless a pitcher is added and one that can win, this team on Opening Day is not nearly good enough. Even with Beltran it was flawed.
The Mets need to centralize their power. Have one qualified, experienced and logical man run the organization. Jeff should go away and stick to writing checks. This team needs a clear line of communication and have someone who is a good communicator both with front-office staff and the media. This organization's missteps over the last 2 years is not only embarrassing, but downright keystone kops.
My fear is until they do just that, more of the same will happen. We've just started 2010 and a controversy has already occured. Let's just hope the other shoe doesn't drop and Reyes' isn't proceeding well in his rehab. That would be the deathknell.