Friday, August 21, 2009

What happened to the New York Mets?

The New York Mets are a shadow of the team that they were just a few years ago. They've missed the playoffs the last two years after really being favored to make it into the postseason both years. This year, injury to several key players may be the culprit but I think it goes deeper than that. There should have been changes at the GM management level after the disastrous finishes by the Mets in 2007 and 2008 in those years there is no excuse for them not making the playoffs. GM Omar Minaya fired Willie Randolph in June of 2008 and Jerry Manuel who took Randolph's job is actually on the hook for both seasons in which the Mets folded in the stretch.

GM Omar Minaya went out on a spending spree for the Mets and gathered a lot of big name, high paying salaries and has nothing to show for it in the past few years. Rumor has it he may not make it to the end of the season as Mets GM. The same goes for Jerry Manuel who has skippered the Mets through the worst times that they have seen and somehow he remains as the manager. In the five years that Omar Minaya has been GM for the Mets, they finished in first place only once back in 2006 under the management of Willie Randolph and have been no where on the radar since. He's been criticized for a lot of moves including Willie Randolph's firing in 2008, but somehow he still has faith in Manuel who has seen the last two seasons incredibly botched.

Mets owner, Fred Wilpon, would be doing Mets fans a big favor by cleaning house with Omar, and I just read that Bobby Valentine, who has been managing a Japanese team is soon to be available. He may just be the perfect fit with the current Mets core of players next season as either the GM or manager of this team.

The Phillies move into New York for the start of 4 games with the Amazin's, Cole Hamels will get the first start followed by JA Happ, and then Pedro Martinez, and Cliff Lee.

Phillies Pheat- (from the Phillies press notes)

Did you know that since 2007, the Phillies have led all major league teams with an 84.8 Stolen base percentage?

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