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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.
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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2010 10:59 pm

Who the heck is running this team?

Rumor has it that the team is being run by Neo-Narcissist Martians from Mars and his son.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2010 9:06 pm

Who the heck is running this team?

The Mets medical staff and front office are not on the same page. Dr. Altcheck however, is one of the best in his field. Whether they are good or not, you do not go ahead with a major procedure without notifying them or getting the okay. Minaya said he didn't give that to Beltran. Either Carlos or Omar is lying. Beltran was suspended 30 games earlier in his career for not following rehab instructions in  KC. He wanted to rehab with the MLB club, while they wanted him to do so in the minors. The one who pays your checks makes the rules.

If he would have been upfront and the Mets dragged their feet, then he has a point. However, it's obvious by the tenor of Ricco's
statement, this was done unilaterally. No one can excuse that and have a legitimate point.

The problem with the medical staff and the players is the lack of communication coming from the front office. However, in this case, it's pretty obvious Beltran wanted to undermine the process. Whether it was out of selfishness or frustration the way he did it was wrong. Perhaps the surgery is truly what he needed, but the way he went about it was simply wrong and insubordinate.

Personally, I hope this costs Minaya his job, since Beltran has publically fingered him as giving his approval. Minaya's truth telling is already highly dubious and his position as GM has been virtually stripped because of it. I can only hope this is the final straw and they just cut him loose and make Ricco, Krivsky or Sandy Johnson the interim GM.

I also hope Beltran is dealt following the 2010 season. He'll be entering his last year of his deal, so he doesn't carry a heavy contract with him. I'd love getting back a good player(pitcher or CF) and prospects for him. I hope they can before he totally breaks down.

In this fiasco only John Ricco looks somewhat competent.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2010 12:41 am

Who the heck is running this team?

Rumor has it that some of the players weren't happy with how their injuries were handled last year, and that may have played a part in Beltran's actions.  Do you know anything about this? 

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