No Stone Will Be Left Unturned , No Idea Will Go Unheard , No Thought Process No Matter How Stupid It Appears To Be Will Be Listened To…………..Blah , Blah , Blah This Is Change That We Can Believe In

Well the winter season MLB meetings are over , baseball is doing its level best to remain in the mainstream. The ‘NFL is still King , baby’ and don’t you forget it ! And at this point of the season it is essentially all that they (MLB) can do. MLB itself , becomes about as interesting at this time of the year as a speech being given by a member of Congress on the country’s trade deficit. We all know its there and it hasn’t really improved at all on a month, to month basis. What little improvement that comes about incrementally, economists are gleaning over like ‘Cheshire cats’, trying to tell us that the economy is changing course and we’re gradually moving out of a recession. Any statistic can be read differently , to garner whatever information what you want put forth. Much like the asinine statements you tend to hear coming from Bud Selig on the financial health and state of the game.

Trades asides and the signing of free agents , all the fans can do at this stage, is to speculate what those maneuvers will mean for their teams.

Omar Minaya speaks here about the ‘Tony Bernazard firing’ and the fallout from it all. Clearly a person who when he’s stressed, doesn’t like the spotlight of the media upon him .

And speaking of health , how is that the New York Mets GM , Omar Minaya still remains in a position of power after all that he’s done to all but ruin the organization? Essentially as the General Manager and de-facto ear of the owner , he’s entrusted in making sure that the best talent available is placed on the field, at the behest of the manager, Jerry Manuel and the manager’s coaching staff. Never mind the fact that Fred Wilpon, the team’s owner , might not live to the current team win another World Series at this stage of life. The septuagenarian has seen a great deal over the course of famed career as a businessman and entrepreneur. But for the lone World Series’ triumph in 1986 over the Boston Red Sox, with that improbable ending. Fred Wilpon still yearns for another championship for his organization.

Mets' GM  Omar  Minaya (left) seen  here alongside  team  President  Jeff  Wilpon , son of team  owner  ,  Fred  Wilpon.    Minaya   recently acquired  free agent  slugger  Jason  Bay  , formerly  of   the  Boston  Red  Sox.  The  player   was signed  to  a   four  year   $65 million  contract.     There  are  those  who  are  questioning  the  deal   as the  rotation of  the  Mets'  pitching  is   deeply  lacking  a  reliable  starter  besides  Johan  Santana.  picture appears  courtesy  of nydn/   David  Pokress (freelance)  ......................
Mets' GM Omar Minaya (left) seen here alongside team President Jeff Wilpon , son of team owner , Fred Wilpon. Minaya recently acquired free agent slugger Jason Bay , formerly of the Boston Red Sox. The player was signed to a four year $65 million contract. There are those who are questioning the deal as the rotation of the Mets' pitching is deeply lacking a reliable starter besides Johan Santana. picture appears courtesy of nydn/ David Pokress (freelance) ......................

The Mets have been an abysmal organization over the past five years and much like a race horse with a great deal of speed and not much stamina, or shall we call it saying power ? Each year over the past five seasons they’ve fallen out of contention in the NL East divisional race. Much of the time through their own sheer ineptitude. Many also place this upon the injuries suffered by star players at inappropriate times during the regular season. But I consider this as a poor excuse for an organization with its vast financial resources and its so called ‘stocked farm system’. Obviously the so called farm system isn’t as burgeoned with talent as first thought.

Courtesy of New York Daily News

Omar Minaya, New York Mets get Jason Bay for four years, but strike out on pitchers

By John Harper , New York Daily News

The way the winter was going, it seemed inevitable that some other team would jump in and steal Jason Bay at the last minute. Only it didn’t happen, and so while Bay is hardly a cure-all for the Mets, landing him is at least reason for them to believe that the curse of 2009 won’t carry over into 2010.

GM Omar Minaya and Mets ownership still have plenty of work to do, but you have to give them credit for playing the Bay negotiations exactly right, as it turned out.

Considering the mounting pressure on them to make a big splash, the Mets had to seriously weigh the PR value of offering the fifth year that Bay’s agent was demanding, just to get the deal done. Still they were determined not to get suckered, not to bid against themselves when they were convinced no other team was seriously pursuing Bay.

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 Los Angeles Angels pitcher Kelvim Escobar throws to the plate during the first inning of baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, Calif. The New York Mets have signed Escobar to a one-year contract. The team announced the deal on Monday, Dec. 28. He was expected to get $1.25 million.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Kelvim Escobar throws to the plate during the first inning of baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim, Calif. The New York Mets have signed Escobar to a one-year contract. The team announced the deal on Monday, Dec. 28. He was expected to get $1.25 million. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mark J. Terrill .................

The unfortunate thing for the New York Mets in all of this , is that their crosstown neighbor and rival, the New York Yankees are now once again back atop of the ‘baseball world pecking order’, as World Series champions. And they too, like the Yankees have essentially spent their way to their present situations. In the case of the Yankees however, they’ve been able get the right stars at the premium prices and simply plug them into an organization that has been built for continued success over the years. Whereas, the Mets just continue to plug away with assorted pieces , that in some respects are like that of a jig saw puzzle . But what Minaya and the team’s manager Jerry Manuel and Manuel’s predecessor, Willie Randolph, had failed to realize, is that when the pieces are ill suited for the puzzle, there’s no way in hell that you can attain success. But yet they continue to repeat the process over and over again.

Stars have come and gone within the Mets’ organization and some have remained. And it has been the same also in terms of the managers of the organization. On average they’ve lasted no more than three years over the last three decades. The longest tenured manager over that period was and still is ,Davey Johnson (1984-90). Whose six year tenure with the team brought them their only World Series win.

 Yakult Swallows' Ryota Igarashi pitches against Orix BlueWave in Osaka, western Japan.  Hoping they've found their setup man on the other side of the globe, the New York Mets agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract with Japanese reliever Ryota Igarashi on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.
Yakult Swallows' Ryota Igarashi pitches against Orix BlueWave in Osaka, western Japan. Hoping they've found their setup man on the other side of the globe, the New York Mets agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract with Japanese reliever Ryota Igarashi on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Kyoto News Agency ...........

Fans of the Mets have seemingly remained patient and loyal, though some have also been very vocal in what they see as the lax attitude taken by the organization in showing a real determination to become competitive. They’ve gone out and spent money either on aging veterans who’ve passed their prime or in some cases on players who’ve struck lightning in a bottle in terms of their form over a short period of time and then hit ‘pay dirt’ when pursued and then signed to a monumentally exorbitant contract. See Carlos Beltran ! Prodigious and prolific for the Houston Astros , not so for the Mets and on it goes . And much of that is down to Minaya and his haste to always try and outdo the Yankees. It’s like giving the keys to a drunk driver and then asking him if he’s able to drive you home . You know no good is going to come of it and it is the same with the personnel moves of Omar Minaya.

Another situation that the fans will also find exacerbating about this Mets’ team , is that it doesn’t posses anyone who’s prepared to be a team leader on or off the field. It certainly hasn’t come from Carlos Delgado, for all of his heroics. And it most certainly hasn’t come from David Wright their so called ‘glamor boy’ and best player. And when they did rise to the occasion with the determination shown by their ace pitcher, Johan Santana, his teammates reciprocated by either performing poor defensively , or gave him no run support whatsoever. Minaya’s insight into sound judgement when it comes to personnel decisions for the Mets border on being asinine and is akin to the sort of ineptitude that was shown in later stages of George W Bush’s second term in office by his administration. The danger signs were there but there was never any sound decisions being made. Something of which, it appears his successor , President, Barack Obama seems to want to painstakingly follow on with, in some of his decision making. You can have, print or borrow all of the money in the world. But you’d better know how the hell to spend it judiciously and you’d better be able to explain yourself succinctly when you screw things up. And it appears to be something in common that this triumvirate has . As to either of them offering up a comprehensive and succinct answer. I’ll leave that up to you , to decide ! Make of it what you will.

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If the New York Met are to compete for the NL East division as well as the NL Pennant, then they’d better be ready to deal with the ever present Philadelphia Phillies, present division champion and NL Pennant holder. Also too, there are the Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins and the lackluster Washington Nationals bringing up the rear. The bone of contention will be which teams amongst the triumvirate of the Braves , Marlins and Mets will step up to challenge the supremacy of the Phillies within the division ? This question and whole lot more will need to be answered most certainly by the Mets and the the duo of the Braves and Marlins.

And in what will be Braves’ manager , Bobby Cox’s final season. This Atlanta Braves’ team will be looking to send him off with one last big stab at winning a divisional title and perhaps another World Series. And as remote as those chances might appear to be. Look for the Braves to pursue this with a great deal of gusto. And as to the chances of the Florida Marlins ? Well that will be down to the progress that has been made by this young team under the direction of their manager, Fredi Gonzalez. And if they’re to fulfill the promise shown last year , then the likes of Dan Uggla, Cameron Maybin and their All Star short-stop, Hanley Ramirez , will have to be extremely productive – the same can be said of their pitching.

The Phillies for their part coming off last season’s loss in the World Series to the Yankees will look to regroup and replenish their roster. And that’s something which they appear to have done with such urgency, that the swiftness in its execution was staggering. They traded Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners and in his place they acquired former Blue Jays’ ace, Roy Halladay. Talk about addition by subtraction ? Wow, this is just stupendous. They are the ‘clear favorites’ in the entire National League (NL) to make a third consecutive trip to the World Series. Perhaps the only thing that could deter them from that might just be ‘divine intervention’ from up above ? And if the baseball gods are listening and they love the New York Mets , then perhaps they could provide some assistance ? I’m no Mets’ fan but Omar Minaya certainly hasn’t been helping the organization’s cause with many of his personnel moves in recent years. Can I get an amen here ? Amen, amen , hallelujah !

With the Mets acquiring Jason Bay as a free agent and then signing him to a four year $65 million contract , this may or may not be the last singular personnel move made by Minaya. God knows the moves that he’s made haven’t exactly panned out. They’d be deemed a disaster in certain cases and in others, well the jury is still out. And as I much as I like to see teams strive in their drive for excellence. I can’t but now wonder how much more the Wilpon family can withstand in the depletion of their overall wealth. Especially as it has been rumored that the family may well have lost in excess of $ 500 million in the Bernie Madoff ‘Ponzi Scheme’.
Not the sort of money that any affluent billionaire can afford to lose in these uncertain economic times. A million here or a million here. But a half a billion dollars ? Holy shit ! I’m surprised that no one has put ‘a hit’ out on Madoff , as of yet ! But I’ve no doubt that he’s been well taken care of in the Federal Prison system. Well at least I’d like to think so , but in a certain type of way. Can I suggest that he’ll become a ‘pillow biter’ while a prison inmate has his way with Madoff in certain way,sexually ? Here’s hoping anyway !

Well alas, this piece must end though not on a somber note. The travails of the New York Mets have been well documented in recent years and I expect that to be continued for the foreseeable future. I mean, life in general when it comes to sports in the ‘Big Apple’ is tied primarily to the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Islanders, Rangers and the Buffalo Bills. And each of them in their own way will run the wrath and adulation in the print media as the case maybe. And things being what they are, it appears the Mets and Knicks are on the receiving end of it all in terms of their wrath at the moment. No need for me then to pile on them anymore . I think that the New York print media, sports talk show hosts and tv broadcasters are just doing fine all by themselves with regard to this matter.

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15 thoughts on “No Stone Will Be Left Unturned , No Idea Will Go Unheard , No Thought Process No Matter How Stupid It Appears To Be Will Be Listened To…………..Blah , Blah , Blah This Is Change That We Can Believe In

  1. I ain’t got no dog in this fight……but the salaries across the board has gotten waaaay out of hand. But, do remembewr tha our Congress tax these guys at a very high rate……course there are prolly a hundred exemptions.
    One thing I gotta know…..why is a woman’s entertainment package placed so close to the waste system?

    1. al clements

      The Mets are a conundrum as they want to be seen as the NL’s answer to the Yankees but they’re coming off looking a like a ‘bargain basement organization’ replete with highly overpaid stars, who just don’t know how to compete or who are far too afraid to do so. As their egos might just be put out of place with the thought of having to compete really hard.

      And Omar Minaya as the team’s GM has been a complete joke. He couldn’t spot talent much less spell the word if you spotted him the T L N & the T as a start.

      With regard to the question posed, you’d have to ask the ‘man upstairs’ as in the ‘supreme being’ ? We were meant to be designed in his image , were we not ?

      1) Pam Anderson

      2) Kim Kardashian

      If women such as Pam Anderson and Kim Kardashian can get away with flaunting their ‘jiggly’ and ‘wiggly bits’ , you’re not liable to get a deal of complaint coming from my direction at all ! None whatsoever !

      Alan Parkins

  2. I met Davey Johnson once. It was in my bar in Gainesville back in the early 90s.

    I told him I was a Sox fan and that he broke my heart in 1986.

    I also told him that while Buckner got all the blame in that Series, any real Sox fan knew that it was actually Calvin Schiraldi’s fault for being unable to throw a third strike on so many opportunities.

    He chuckled.

    1. Chris Humpherys

      I’ve seen the replays of that so many times , it’s as if I’m watching it in my sleep. It was unfortunate that Buckner was being blamed for the error. But the same time he should’ve made th play. It was simply a bad error of judgement on his part.

      Every picture paints a story and a story such as this can become a parable for something that one can learn from . Your Red Sox ended up winning 2 World Series within a four year span. So it ain’t all bad !

      I don’t know what it is that Minaya and the Mets are striving for but even with the addition of Jason Bay , that roster simply isn’t good enough to take on the Phillies , much less deal with the likes of the Yankees or Red Sox. They’re facing an uphill battle and with not much time in terms of a window of opportunity. That came and went in the ‘Subway Series’ against the Yankees. From thereon in they’ve simply taken a backwards’ step and that’s even with the addition of Johan Santana !

      Far too often when he’s (Santana) pitched a brilliant game for them they’ve either failed to give him run support or they’ve played pi_s poor defensively . And what use is that to the team or a player of Santana’s caliber ?

      Alan Parkins

    1. Chris Humpeherys

      Better to have the last laugh than no laugh at all and then end up crying like a baby because of what might’ve been.

      Hence the reason why the Mets can’t stand the ‘heat’ . It’s like Nelly says ….’It’s Gettin’ Hot in Heere’. And what have the Mets done ? Simply gotten out of the kitchen because it’s far too hot for them to handle. Thankfully though we haven’t had to see them without their clothes ! Thank god !

      Alan Parkins

  3. I have no idea how to fix the Mets. They have some pretty good players, but they just don’t feel like they are a team. I guess it’s the coach’s fault there, and if you can’t get these top talents to produce in the win column then you shouldn’t keep your job. If Beltran can stay healthy this year, they should have a solid batting lineup, that is IF Writght can do anything close to what he’s getting paid for!

    1. chappy 81

      The Mets are about as close to a team as the Oakland Raiders are. The Raiders much like the Mets are a bunch of ill fitting parts with pieces missing as with a jig saw.

      Nevermind the fact that in terms of on the field leadership neither team actually possesses that. And when it comes to the coaching side of things , well that’s about as lackluster as one could get. Jerry Manuel and Tom Cable are cut from the same cloth, they play the role of coaches and that’s about it. When it comes to coaching they rank up there somewhere alongside Charlie Weis. All three are lackluster and unimaginative.

      Jeter’s got class and Wright isn’t anywhere near reaching his level or status as of yet.

      Wright and this entire Mets’ team are as soft as a roll of Charmin tissue paper.

      As to David Wright, he’s the poor man’s answer to Derek Jeter. He’s just a wannabe ‘ and that’s it !

      Alan Parkins

  4. chappy 81

    Is mceezy as naive and as crass as he sounds ? That crap about athletes and guns is about as irresponsible a statement as I’ve heard from anyone in a long time. But I guess that’s how he likes to come off sounding oblivious to the dangers of it all.

    Try asking him what his thoughts are on someone like the Cavs’ Delonte’ West driving round with a cache of semi automatic weapons in his vehicle also with his kids in tow knowing full well that his fiancee’ has a restraining order on him. Where do you guys get off with this bullshit ?
    He’s now undergoing psychological testing to assess his ‘mental’ stablity. That’s how dangerous guns and athletes can be.

    Alan Parkins

  5. Well honestly I think it’s just not surprising when things like this happen anymore. There are plenty crazier people with guns, and I for one am not worried that an athlete will shoot me. I’m much more worried driving through Compton at 2 am. Sure Delonte’s case was terrible, but nothing bad happened to anyone. These kind of guys have Michael Vick syndrome, they just do what they know from growing up, but with A LOT more money. I think this will be a Spreewell like punishment, and will deter some players from having guns. That doesn’t mean this will be the last incident though.

    1. chappy

      Who the hell do you think the young kids more likely than not look up to nowadays ? At least 70% of the time it won’t be at all to their parents. It’ll be to be the likes of the celebs’ and athletes. And when you have idiots like Arenas , Crittenton and ‘melo either with their gun play or talking about not snitching to police about a crime that’s the impressionable thing that a kid thinks is cool. Or perhaps you don’t see it that way at all ?

      As for Compton that cesspool was created by the lack of local government awareness. They’d rather see the area go to the ‘dogs’ than actually improve the environment there.
      Which is all so atypical of most local governments nowadays as they use it as an excuse for what they say ‘ails their communities’.

      Alan Parkins

    2. Michael Vick syndrome ? That’s all hogwash and psycho babble ! It boils down to having a moral compass and knowing what’s right from wrong . That’s why this country is so fucked up. It looks to label every friggin’ social disease out there when the answer plainly steering them in the face.

      Alan Parkins

  6. I don’t disagree at all that they should be role models, but like everyday people there are “good” guys like Tim Duncan, and there are guys that are full of themselves like Gilbert. Kids need to understand that there are such things as good and bad personalities… Like Charles Barkley once said “I’m not a role model”. Even if they are you can’t force them to be something they aren’t!

    1. chappy 81

      Of course there are the good guys like Duncan but there the assholes like Jackson , Arenas and Crittenton. But it certainly doesn’t help perpetuating that nonesense with asinine generalist comments that there’s nothing wrong with them having guns. The majority of the times the ones with the guns are those inclined to get into trouble. But I seriously doubt there was any thought placed with the statement.

      Alan Parkins

  7. chappy 81

    Barkley has never set out to be anything within the NBA other than being a basketball player. Others such as Arenas while being laudable players try and tout an image that goes against the grain of what the NBA image is meant to be about. Do you understand that ?

    Alan Parkins

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