Mets fans, I feel your pain.
I really do.
I've been a New York Mets fan since the early 1970's and this is the least optimistic I've been in two decades about the team's fortunes. You remember back to the glory days of Tim Bogar, Bobby Bonilla and Anthony Young.
Are things really that bad? Are the 2012 Mets the baseball version of the Titanic, heading straight for the iceberg? It sure seems that way.
The Amazins' have already started to clean house by not making a competitive offer for National League batting champion and free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes, who signed with the Marlins. They also parted ways with Carlos Beltran last July so the rebuilding process began to take shape some time ago.
Rebuilding in New York. That's very tough to accept. Mets fans hate the thought—not too long ago, they owned one of the highest payrolls in baseball. Now, thanks to the Bernie Madoff scandal, their payroll will dip from $143 million last year to around $95 million this season (estimated). They're a mid-market team in the largest market in the country. That's rough.
The Mets are picking up the pieces from Reyes' departure and seem destined for last place in the NL East. It's tough to go through a rebuilding process, but it must be done. While they rebuild, here are seven things they must do as they clean house and build for a brighter future....