State of the Mets

Jonathan RagusCorrespondent IJune 19, 2009

24 May 1998: Manager Bobby Valentine #2 of the New York Mets in action during a agme against the Milwaukee Brewers at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Mets defeated the Brewers 8-3.

There is so much to say, and so little time to say it today Mets fans.

K-Rod’s blown save last night, Castillo’s drop, the injury bug, and Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel's leadership should have the Mets out of the East race; and yet we are only three games out.

Pretty impressive for this team, or is it?

Using the word “control” when describing Manuel and Minaya is a huge over statement. Honestly, if this team had a general manager that knew how to construct a team and a manager that knew how to get the most out of his players than I totally believe this team would be five to six games up, in first place right now, even with the injury bug.

Over the past couple of weeks Minaya has gone out and acquired Wilson Valdez, Javier Castillo, and Arturo Lopez. What is up with this guy? Does he honestly believe that calling any of these three up to the big leagues will help the Mets stay in second place or better yet, take back first place, it wont.

And what is up with Manuel and his fascination with always ripping a part the confidence of Daniel Murphy and Ryan Church, two guys that have been extremely consistent as of late? Playing Ramon Martinez day in and day out as he made error after error was not bad enough wasn't it? This character needs to go.

I’ve made the comparison many times this past week whether it was on Real Sports Talk with Kenrick Thomas or our own show Sunday Night Mets, but the difference between the Mets of nine years ago and the Mets of today totally lies on the shoulders of the general manager and manager.

In 2000, when the Mets made the World Series, you had a general manager in Steve Phillips who did not make the correct decisions all the time, but made some great ones. When Rey Ordonez went down, he didn’t call anyone up or talk a good game, he went out and acquired Mike Bordick from the Baltimore Orioles for three guys that would never amount to anything and Melvin Mora who would definitely look good in the orange and blue right now. He brought in guys like Joe McEwing, Todd Zeile, and Lenny Harris to give the Mets one of the deepest benches in the National League.

If you want to compare Alex Cora, Valdez, and Jeremy Reed to McEwing, Zeile and Harris than well, I feel really bad for you.

But the Mets had the right guy in the dugout to get the most out of these players, in Bobby Valentine, a guy who should never have been let go from the New York Mets in the first place, and especially not for Art Howe.

Valentine told his players either to put up or shut up and they played hard every day/night for their skipper. He was the leader in the locker room and in the dugout that not only the players respected, but who they loved to play for.

His contract is up in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Pacific League in November, so you know very well who the Mets fans want back in their dug out at Citi Field come 2010. That’s right, the man, the myth, the legendy, Mr. Bobby Valentine himself. Make it happen Fred Wilpon, only you have the power to give the fans and your team what it wants, needs, and deserves.