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Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:06 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Minaya's blunders are history.

This weekend was one of the most enjoyable for Mets fans since 2006. The 2 albatrosses were summarily waived. The fan base took a deep breath and then screamed out woo-hoo! The 2 pariahs are history. A giant weight just came off the organization. We fans rejoiced.

These 2 overpaid, oft-injured failures were the poster boys of Minaya's regime. There were others, but none more obvious then these 2 stiffs. Perez went 3-9 with nearly a 7 ERA since signing that 3 year-36 million dollar boondoggle of a contract. Castillo twice hit under .250, couldn't cover any ground and too often was on the DL. An aging, oft-injured slap hitter with no range has little value in MLB. The fact Minaya paid him $6.25 million per year showed how incredibly inept he was. The 36 million to Perez bordered on criminal.

This also signals that Alderson and Collins are in control. The Wilpon's ate 18 million despite the fact, they in dire straits due to their own incompetence, stupidity and/or greed. There is no way they'd have allowed Minaya to eat these deals even if he wanted to(which I doubt). Alderson obviously is not under the same restrictions as the spending fool was. This is a regime which has autonomy. What a change and that only bodes well for the future. Adults are in charge now, not the inmates.

Many questioned why Sandy didn't cut them earlier. Alderson to his credit promised them a chance and that he wanted to evaluate them himself. He didn't dismiss the fans, but maintained their play will determine their fate. This was not only fair, but smart. Alderson showed his players a sense of fairness and showed he was in control and no one else. In the end, he made the right decision on both and did it in rapid fire fashion. A sweeter weekend could not have happened for Mets fans. Castillo was gone Friday, followed by Perez on Monday. Mets.com was reporting Sunday that Perez would be gone. Monday was the official dismissal.

Now the Mets can move on knowing that performance is what matters, not what you're making. There will be no more holding on and hoping. It's perform or you're gone. Accountability is back. The Mets are under real leadership. The clown college fraternity boys are gone. No more idiotic press conferences, assistants running amok and 2 AM firings. No more idiotic contracts and excuses. Alderson, Ricciardi, DePodesta and Collins are about performance and professionalism. Expect more to go, but the 2 that needed to be gone the most are history. Thanks Sandy and Terry. You did what Mets fans have been hoping would be done for 2 years. Finally, we have leadership with a brain and guts. That makes this fan very happy and feeling positive about the future.

2011 won't be a championship year, but I just have the feeling it will be better than many "experts" and even fans believe. I can see this team playing harder, smarter and with a sense of urgency and purpose. I'm not expecting a post-season berth, but 83-85 wins is possible and staying in the wild-card race into mid-late September. While not perfect, it's a start. The start of the return of the Amazin' Mets. I missed those guys. Oh and.... Lets Go Mets!

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 6:50 pm
 

The dishonesty and deception is galling


I think most if not all Mets fans would have been on board with going with a youth movement in 2010. I know I would have. However, this organization didn't do that and is only doing it now because their plan failed so miserably. That's dishonest and galling to me and so many Mets fans. In fact, it's downright wrong.

Coming in they tried to sell Mets fans that their rotation was good enough. Maine and Perez were healthy and ready to repeat their 2007 seasons, they said.  They didn't need a #2 because Pelfrey, Perez or Maine would step in there. Their pen would be better also. The Mets had Escobar(1.25 million) and a new Japanese import in Igarashi(2 yrs-5 million) to help the pen. The Mets had experienced back-ups on the bench in Tatis($850,000) and Cora(2 million). Their line-up would be better as well. Castillo was healthy again and coming off a solid year(their belief, not mine). Beltran was coming back mid-April or May and would be healthier than the last few years. They added a LF in Bay(4yrs-66 million) who was healthy and were ready to roll. They even solved their medical problems. They even had a slogan, "prevention and recovery."They also were willing to start the year with a platoon of Tatis and Jacobs at 1B. All lies and pure folly. Many of us railed against most, if not all of these situations. Most of us were right, as were most objective experts and fans. We all saw this coming and saw this charade for what it was. This team was hoping and grasping at straws and not doing what they're paid to do. How could they be so blind and dumb? I mean Tommy( he can really play that pinball) could have seen this coming.

So now in August, 110 games into the season, they change course and basically wave the white flag saying they're playing for 2011. They bring up 2 players who are not ready and will thrust them into the line-up. They'll push the youth movement card because their plan died. They also have no other options either at the MLB or minor league level and/or can't make even a minor deal. It's simply pathetic. Where's the mea culpa? Where's the accountability? Where's the commitment to their fan base?

Did anyone pay for this failure? Did Castillo get dealt or cut? Did Perez? Did Beltran? Even Maine is on the DL and still officially a Met. Was the GM fired? The manager? A coach? No. They cut Cora to deny him his vested option for 2011. Big deal.There was and continues to be no accountability for bad management, coaching and performance. None. That's dishonest and scandalous.

The owner then comes out  of hiding and in a weird and muddled way shows support for his GM. You have to wonder if the pressure of the Madoff scandal and his advancing age has done him in. His son is a total buffoon. He's basically the Jim Dolan of baseball. You know the idiot who runs the Knicks and Rangers and whose father is Charles Dolan of cablevision.  Even Jim finally got wise and hired a real pro in Donnie Walsh. Jeff is a total jackwagon.

So when fans fail to show over the last 2 months, it's not because they're disloyal and gave up on the club. No, it's the reverse. It's because ownership and their front office gave up on the team and their fan base and has continuously duped them. The fans still care and root. They're just going to do it at home where they can turn off the game when it gets ugly and not feel liked they've been swindled out of $150 dollars.

This season was suppose to be about redemption for 2009, 2008 and 2007. Instead, it's disintegrated into a look to the future campaign one month too soon or 4 months too late. Shame on the Wilpons, Minaya, Ricco, Manuel and the overpaid veterans. They don't need redemption, they need expulsion.
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Posted on: July 12, 2010 3:56 am
 

Mets 1st half : Grades and comments


The All-Star Game is the unofficial half-way point of the year(it's actually 7 games into the 2nd half), so it's time to assess how the Mets are doing. I'll be breaking down the offense, then pitching and finally coaching. I'll post the grades then a brief summary. Please feel free to comment afterwards. Here we go...

Offense

C- Barajas  B-   Rod  has done a solid job behind the dish and has good numbers despite his recent slump.

1B- Davis   Ike has brought power, defense and energy to the position and team. IMHO, Minaya's best developed prospect.

2B- Castillo D   Luis is hitting .241 with 3 extra-basehits and can't make a play to his left. Overpaid,aging & expendable.

SS- Reyes  Needs to walk more, but when healthy, he makes this offense go. His defense has been solid as well.

3B- Wright  The Mets MVP and possible NL MVP as well. He has put up the numbers and played great defense. The Mets lone AS.

LF- Bay  So far his power numbers are down and his defense is spotty. He's not looked like a 66 million dollar player, but it's early.

CF- Pagan  A  The Mets biggest surprise. He's hit well, run well and played solid defense. He's earned a starting spot.

RF- Francoeur  C+  Too streaky, but his numbers aren't bad for a guy who they've dumped in the 7th and 8th hole. Plays great defense.

Bench: C-  Until Thole, they haven't had a pinch-hitter. Tatis(.185) is horrible, Carter is hitting under .250, Cora is mediocrity personified and Catalanotto hit .160 before being cut. Blanco has been a nice back-up and Feliciano filled in nicely as well. Carter has some pop, but now is the 5th OF and Ike plays every game. Chris may not be around too long, if Evans shows he can hit.



Pitching

SP- Santana  B-  The ace has looked great in his last 3 starts, but has been too up-and-down so far. The 2nd half looks good though.


SP- Pelfrey  B   Mike has slumped his last 5 starts, but is 10-4. He carried the Mets early on. Hopefully, he gets back to throwing strikes.


SP- Niese  B-  After a poor start, he's been the Mets 2nd best pitcher. Good K-BB ratio. Currently, the #3 pitcher in the rotation.


SP- Dickey  B+  A God-send after Maine and Perez nearly destroyed the rotation. He's slipped lately, but has been stellar.


SP- Maine  D-   A flop and a head case. Odds are he's done as a Met and few if any will miss him. Wasted talent.


SP- Perez  F  The worst pitcher in MLB and the most overpaid. He threw 100 pitches in 5 innings @ Triple A. He's pathetic.


SP/RP- Takahashi  B+   IMHO he's been the best off-season acquisition and most valuable pitcher. Great in relief, decent as a starter.


RP- Nieve  D+   The manager has virtually buried him and this pen is far from deep. He's a AAA pitcher, nothing more.


RP- Igarashi    A total waste of 1.25 million. The Mets spent 2.5 million on 2 set-up guys and got an injured player and a stiff.
 

RP-Valdes  C-  At best a long reliever, but really a guy who belongs back in the Independent Leagues. Hello NJ!


RP- Mejia  C  A wasted 3 months being misused and not developed. His numbers were mediocre, but more importantly, he was wasted.


RP- Dessens  B-  A journeyman pitcher who is 39 and has never really has a good year. So far in limited use, he's done very well.


RP- Feliciano  B-  The energizer bunny is overused and of late has faltered. However, he's been a stalwart in a sea of mediocrity.


RP- Rodriguez  B   Far from perfect, he still has 21 saves in 25 opportunities. That's a 84% conversion rate. That's a B in my book.



Coaching

 
MGR-Manuel  C  The guy lies, spouts nonsense, misuses the pen and bench. He also botches his order. However, they're 8 over.


PC- Warthen  C   Perez and Maine flopped, Santana has struggled, Pelfrey is fading and Niese started slowly. He gets credit for Dickey.


HC-Johnson  C-  Frenchy still lunges, Tejada hasn't improved and this team overall is far from a juggernaut. Honestly, why is he here?

 
1B- Shines  D-  I know he's at first, but he is horrible. Worst 3B coach ever. Why is he still in MLB?


3B- Hale  B+  I love his approach and he's aggressive. Today he shouldn't have sent Frenchy, but overall, a huge upgrade over Shines.


BC- Jauss  B   This guy is very cerebral and could easily replace the dullard. My guess is he's helped Jerry be less dim.


BPC- Niemann  C+  I like his fiery approach and he'll stand-up for the group. However, the pen is mediocre and that reflects on him.



Overall grade:   C+  I almost went B-, but the Mets ended the first half poorly losing 4 of 6 at home to 2 division leaders. They've also played poorly on the road failing to win a series against a NL team. They've played great at home. They've been too streaky and no area of the team has been first rate. They've overachieved in some areas and underachieved in others. They're in both races, but have slipped back in both of late. Their poor play on the road can doom them after the break if they're not careful.

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:30 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2010 11:15 am
 

The Mets must add a top starter.


To me anything else spells doom for 2010. Yeah, you can point to 2011. Then again this team pointed to 2007, then 2008, then 2009... How did that work out? I don't want 2010 thrown aside for the empty promise of next year.

I actually hear some Mets fans stating we can't give up our future.  Didn't the Phillies take that chance on Lee last year? All he did was pitched lights out and they rode him to the World Series. Then they decided they'd rather have Halliday and went after him. That's an organization with guts and brains IMHO. They went for it and wound up in the series and with an even better pitcher.

I keep hearing how the Mets can't mortgage the future. What mortgaging? If they trade Mejia, they're replacing potential with a known commodity who is quality. IMHO, they'd re-sign Lee(which I feel strongly they will) if they gave up 3-4 of their "top" prospects. If they trade Thole, they can't replace him? Flores? Tejada? Havens? Parnell? Martinez? The only "prospect" they can't afford to deal is Davis. He's their starting 1B man and the future. The Mets have Reyes @ SS and Wright @ 3B. Those positions are set. LF is set as well. 2B is up for grabs, but Havens and Tejada are just 2 guys they have ready. Even if no one is ready, they can get a guy for a year or 2 who is better than Cora or Castillo. Martinez is replaceable by Nieuwenhuis. That leaves RF and the Mets have Pagan and Duda as well. All of those guys won't go in a  Lee deal. Even Mejia is repaced by Cohoon to some degree.

It's not whether the Mets are willing to sacrifice prospects, it's whether the Mariners(or Astros or D-Backs) are buying into the hype of the Mets organization and fans. They may see these prospects as inferior to those in Minny, Texas, Cincy or LA. If that's the case, then it's out of their hands. However, if they're willing to take a package of prospects and Davis isn't included, then they have to make the deal.

Let's say the Mets don't have enough for Lee. Then they must go after Oswalt. I laugh when I see posters and fans dismissing this guy. Today he just 1-hit the Pirates and game-in-game out he pitches quality starts. He goes deep, starts 33 games a year and is a winner and true ace. He led the Astros to the WS in 2005. Roy would probably cost less, but if it's Flores, Martinez, Thole, Familia or some combo of that and a Tejada, do it. Mejia I would hold off, unless it was virtually straight up. Oswalt is also signed for 2011 at a relatively cheap price for an ace.

Finally, there is Danny Haren. Unlike the previous 2, he hasn't proven he can get a team to the WS and maybe more of a traditional #2. He'd cost less, but is still a quality front-of-the-rotation guy. He would allow Pelfrey to slide to #3, Niese #4 and Dickey @ #5. That's a pretty nice rotation and 4 of the 5 would be shoo-ins for 2011. That means if Dickey fades, you only need to replace him. #5 starters can be replaced fairly cheaply. Again, what do you give up? Certainly the same guys would be mentioned(Flores, Thole, Mejia etc).

To get quality, you have to give up what you and others perceive as quality. I've read quotes attributed to GM's that Omar too often offers garbage and wants quality back. That's not getting you anyone and only will make them ignore you more when it's crunch time. This time he can't say he has enough like he laughably said in the off-season. He passed on Piniero and Garland who both have 8 or more wins and are pitching well. He decided to go with dreck like Maine and Perez rather than dealing or cutting them. Now he has a chance to show he was right in being patient. If he pulls off getting one of these 3, then his "strategy" was correct. However,  if he settles for Carmona, Westbrook or Lilly, then he failed, IMHO. He gave up prospects for 2nd tier pitchers, when he could have gotten them for mere money and at FMV to boot. Omar would have failed twice in one season to replace what everyone knew had to be replaced. If he gets Lee, Oswalt or Haren he did his job. Anything less and IMHO he didn't.... again.

This trade deadline will show once again what this GM is made of. Does he have the acumen to pull off an in-season blockbluster? Does he have not only the talent, but the stones? Is he just the ultimate spinner, enabler and mediocre GM many of us see him as, or is he more? His actions(or inaction) at the deadline will define him. It could also define who is running this club in 2011.

Staying pat means giving up. Taking a risk is harder and carries uncertainty. It also takes guts and could lead to real success. Competing and falling short, isn't success. IMHO, with this payroll and the last 3 failed years, nothing short of the post-season is. Nothing. No excuses, make a deal and a good one. If you can't, step aside for someone who will and can.

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 5:13 pm
 

The 2010 Mets are a likeable team.

Jerry Seinfeld made reference to this last night in his brilliant stint in the Mets TV booth. He said this is one of his favorite teams and is enjoying the season. I agree with him in both areas. I'd still like a starter and bullpen arm, but it's hard to argue with the current success and more importantly how they're playing as a team and the way they're playing the game on the field.

It's terrific to be tied for first. However, what is nicer, is how this team is playing. They've won 14 of 17. They're 11-3 vs the AL and 8-0 vs non-Yankees teams. That interleague record to me is very, very impressive. The Mets are also 26-10 @ home. That's a must for a playoff contender. Dominate at home and play .500 on the road. They're getting there on the road, but are already there at home. They seem so comfortable @ Citifield. After last year's 41-40 record and the previous season's poor home mark, it's nice and needed.

What I like about this team so far is that Reyes and Wright are back.  The Mets left-side on the infield is again among the best in the sport. Reyes is running and driving the ball and Wright is running, playing great defense and driving in runs. Those 2 are the pride and joy of the Mets farm system. Reyes the catalyst. Wright the run producer. It is as it should be.

The Mets are playing the game right. They're running the bases well and taking chances. They're starting to bunch together hits and more than just singles. They're playing solid defense. They're getting terrific starting pitching. The Mets are rallying. They're protecting leads. They're having long winning streaks. They're also keeping it low-key in their celebrations and statements. Class and enthusiam has replaced the false bravado of past clubs. They're having fun, without showing up other teams. They're enjoyable.

I also like seeing real athletic and home-grown talent as well on the right-side. Tejada is young, but what a joy he's been. Davis looks like he's been @ 1B for 5 years. He's simply terrific. Davis is also so darn clutch. They're a joy to watch.

Lastly, to see guys like Frenchy, Barajas, Dickey and Pagan playing hard and leading this team in their play and attitude has been awesome. It's impossible not to like and root for those 4. I liked Rod from Day 1 and Dickey has been simply a joy to watch and listen to. He embodies what life is about. He's overcome obstacles and failure through hard work and sheer will. Pagan like Dickey has overcome obstacles and is making the best of his opportunity. Frenchy is a flawed player, but gives 100% and is a breathe of fresh air.

That's why getting another starter is so important. You want these guys to be rewarded with a post-season and hopefully a chance at a championship. The way they've played and conducted themselves makes you want for him even more than yourself as a fan.

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Posted on: May 31, 2010 9:04 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2010 9:12 pm
 

Oliver Perez must go.


Omar Minaya has made a lot of mistakes in the 6 years he's run this club, but signing this dud to a 3 year-36 million dollar deal was his worst. That's saying a lot from a guy who hired Randolph and Manuel and signed Castillo to a 4 year-25 million dollar deal. However, Perez's signing dwarfs them all in the annals of pure stupidity.

Oliver Perez since that been incredibly bad. He's 3-7 with a 6.62 ERA. Currently he's in the bullpen where he's been largely ignored and the manager won't use him unless there is no other option. Manuel just said Perez may be used in extra innings. Unreal. A pitcher making 12 million limited to only pitching in extra innings. It's laughable.

Beyond the fact he's limited, he's also hampering the pen. They're in effect one man short(as Gary Cohen astutely pointed out yesterday). With the Mets fragmented(and overachieving) rotation, all the bullpen help possible is needed. They can't afford to carry an albatross like Perez.

There is also dissention among some players which has seeped out to the media. 2 players openly scoffed at Perez being used. They mocked Manuel's plan and Perez's abilities. It's obvious no one has faith in this guy and why should they? He's a joke.

Since he signed that ludicrous deal, he came in overweight, got whalloped, got hurt, returned, then got hurt again.He ended the year 3-4 with a 6.82 ERA. This off-seasion he supposedly rededicated himself to the sport. Well, he has been nothing short of horrid going 0-3 with a 6.25 ERA and 32 walks with only 29 K's. He stunk as a starter and is even worse as a reliever with a 10+ ERA.

In the year plus since his re-signing here are some numbers: 3-7w/6.62ERA-102 IP-75ER-91K's-90BB's. It's hard to imagine anyone can do worse. Look at those numbers!

So the Mets asked him to go to Triple A to straighten himself out and he refused. He was adamant that he'd stay on the MLB as was his right. This shows how selfish and disloyal he is. There is no way the Mets should keep him on this roster and should immediately waive him and eat his contract. Keeping him one game longer shows how incredibly indecisive they are and how unprepared they were for this year. I mean honestly, the few who thought this guy would turn-it-around had to be in his or Omar's immediate family.

Oliver Perez should not be a Met when they return to Citifield on Friday to play the Marlins.  The Mets need to admit their mistake, own up to it and act accordingly. Then next up they need to deal with John Maine who though not as bad as Perez(how could be be?) is also on the outs and should be moved as well.

The temerity of this front office to believe Perez and Maine would win 30 games is all you have to know about their baseball acumen. Then to compound that by saying there weren't better pitchers available is insulting to Mets fans or anyone who knows the sport.

Oliver Perez must go. NOW!


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Posted on: May 15, 2010 12:08 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 2:34 pm
 

The Mets are on treadmill. Action is needed soon.


They are .500 after 36 games. They're 4-10 on the road. Their rotation is 9-9. Oliver Perez is a joke. Maine and Niese are inconsistent. Their bullpen pitches 4 innings a game. Their offense is unproductive. They lose one run games. They never win rubber games. Their coaching staff may be the worst in MLB(except for Hale and Jauss). Their GM is delusional. Their owners care more about a West Coast team, political correctness and possibly acquiring a floundering hockey franchise, then their team. Their farm system though improved, is still middle-of-the-pack at best. Their 66 million dollar LF'er has 1 HR. Their supposed star shortstop has 0 HRS, can't bunt and has one infield hit all year. Their star 3B man has decent power stats, but strikes out more than nerds at a college mixer. Their 2B man has no range or pop and is always hobbling. Their RF is pressing and regressing back to old habits.

So how do they turn it around? Do they make a deal for a real top line starter like Oswalt? Do they decide to give Gee a shot? Do they finally pull the plug on a manager who obviously has little clue about hitting(a life-time .199 hitter himself) or pitching? Do they simply replace the pitching and hitting coaches? All would be moves that are worth doing. My guess is they do none of them and wait, wait, wait.

This organization loves to make excuses. It's the wind, or injuries, or too many west coast trips. They look to blame external factors instead of looking within. That's where the problems lie. They have apathetic owners. They have an overmatched and inadequate GM who is basically the owner's son's gofer. Their manager is like a character from the old Dave Chappelle Show. Their pitching and hitting coach have no answers and look befuddled. The team looks resigned to being what they are and that's a mediocre team.

You know they'll start to talk up Beltran's return. He'll make this team a playoff contender, they'll say. If the Mets can just be around .500, they'll make a run and be a playoff team. Once again, hope over action. They'll say Takahashi is the solution. However, as good as he's been, he's never started an MLB game. This is a far better league than the one he played in previously. They'll also miss his great work in the pen. Management and ownership will say be patient to its fanbase. A trade for a starter is not a luxury, it's a necessity. This is because the GM again mistakenly ignored that this off-season.

Have they not learned from the last 3 years about inaction? Have they not seen the declining attendance? They can blow it off as cold weather or the kids still being in school, but that's only a small part of it. Mets fans are taking a show me attitude. They do not trust in ownership and management. That trust was ruptured  in 2007, further eroded in 2008 and nearly destroyed in 2009. Then the Mets did little in the off-season and most of all failed to address their top need and that was starting pitching. The bench was also not addressed. In fact, they paid 3 million to 2 guys who really extremely marginal MLB players(and IMHO Tatis isn't one).

It is still early. However, sooner rather than later, this ownership and management have to make some big decisions. Some involved players, other's coaches. The GM should also be held firmly to the flame. They need to make moves. They can start with one, but if they want to contend, they'll have to make multiple moves and IMHO the coaching staff has to be shaken up, if not mostly removed(including the manager).

The Mets have lost the right to ask for patience. The word wait has truly become a 4-letter word and a crutch. Action is needed. The first one is Perez being permanently removed from the rotation. The line-up needs to be re-done with Reyes back at-the-top and Davis in the 3-hole. After that a possible RF platoon could be in line. Then if that fails, the coaches are next. No waiting in 2010. That was so 2009.

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Posted on: April 14, 2010 7:55 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2010 7:58 pm
 

What the Wilpon's will and should do


Over-under on Minaya and Manuel getting fired on or before June 1?

If they go 1-5 on this trip, expect the crowds to be the lowest in Citifield history. They've already had the 2 lowest in the first 6 games. My guess is that and SNY's dwindling ratings, might prompt a change fairly soon. It might be sooner than many believe. All the Wilpon's care about is who comes to the park and watches on TV. Winning is not their main concern. The fans aren't either. They've proven that all too clearly.

Here's what the Wilpon's will do, then what they should do....

What they will do...

The Mets will fire Minaya, when they fire Manuel. Make no mistake, they're joined at the hip. The Mets will then promote Wayne Krivsky(solid baseball guy) from asst.GM to the interim spot. Bob Melvin(mediocre) will be promoted from his scouting position to interim manager. The Wilpon's will put on a phony front and say these men are fit for the team and could turn it around like the Rockies did after making a change. They'll say they're being proactive(I hate that word!) and have high expectations. Pure unadulterated bullcrap.

Here's what they should do...

Fire Minaya and Manuel immediately. I mean on this road trip. Fire them Sunday afternoon and have a press conference before a nationally televised game vs the Cardinals. In this presser, they promote Krivsky and hire Wally Backman. They move Terry Collins to batting coach and Ricky Bones to pitching coach. They send Razor Shines packing and bring in Bob Melvin as bench coach. They keep Chip Hale and move Jauss to 1B.

Then they state they're cleaning house. Krivsky gets on the horn and deals Beltran(if he's actually doing "baseball activities" by then) before he returns in June for prospects, including one MLB ready starter and in the process save 35 million. They promote Martinez to play CF and tell him it's his job. If he does well, he's the guy in 2011. If not, he's gone too in the off-season.

The Mets deal( or just have him sit on the bench) Murphy and promote Ike Davis currently hitting .350 @ AAA. They cut Tatis. They also waive Castillo and promote Tejada to play everyday. Cora stays as his back-up.

The Mets also trade Perez eating 2/3's of his salary. They give Maine until late May to get it together or demote him. Nieve or Takahashi temporarily take Perez's spot. Hopefully, one of the prospects from dealing Beltran will be able to step in long-term.

Mejia is immediately demoted to AA to pitch every 5th day. The Mets move him to Triple A, if he does well. The goal is a year of starting in the "high" minors and a September look.

Barajas catches, but if he slumps or gets hurt, Thole comes up and plays virtually everyday. The Methusala back-up(Blanco) is demoted or waived.

 The team plays 2010 to get better. Backman is a feisty guy and motivator. He's proven at every level, he can win and get maximum effort from his players. He's MLB's answer to Rex Ryan, minus about 100 pounds. They get the kids real playing time with a real manager and GM. They make Mets fans proud and give them real hope, not the utter despair this administration has heaped on this team.

It's time for real change...<!-- google_ad_section_end -->
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