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Omar Minaya Puts WBC Ahead of Mets

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY - DECEMBER 17:  New York Mets General Manager Omar Minaya speaks to the media during a press conference to introduce Francisco Rodriquez on December 17, 2008 at the Citigroup Building in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Mets PoliceSenior Analyst IMarch 28, 2009

From Newsday:

"I just don't believe in denying a player the opportunity to represent his country," Minaya said. "I could never stand in the way of that. That's something that's very special. We're all committed to it. Oliver Perez is the best pitcher in Mexico right now. How can you tell a player, the best pitcher in the country, that he can't participate?"

Like this.

We pay you $36 million to pitch for the Mets.  Not Mexico, not your friend's softball team, not even on the Wii.  Protect that arm.

I wonder if Omar truly believes what he said, or if the Selig mafia got to him.

"We always have to take into consideration what's in the best interest of the game, what's in the best interest of the players. We just can't think about ourselves only. That's just not the right attitude."

I would prefer to have a General Manager who puts the Mets first.

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