Gary Sheffield Situation Yet Another Way for Mets to Continue Ongoing Stupidity

Richard MarshSenior Analyst IAugust 21, 2009

NEW YORK - AUGUST 16:  Gary Sheffield #10 of the New York Mets runs against the San Francisco Giants on August 16, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I don't believe for one second that those fans on BR who read my work would argue with anyone about how passionate I am about this team. It's no secret that I'm not a youngster like my three favorite protégés Mike Kent, Nick Adamo, and Nick Carlo, but each one of them will tell you that the Mets are my first love and have been so since 1962.

This is not a plug for my "Anatomy of a Franchise" series either.

I'm just frustrated, as we all are about the current status of the Mets' 2009 season. We can talk about all the injuries until we are blue in the face, and we know that we can't change what has happened in the past, but you would think this organization could at least learn from it.

Do they? No.

The case of Gary Sheffield has me most disturbed today, as I see that after all he has accomplished this year, the Mets have decided more likely than not to cut the strings on this guy, who virtually held this team together for four months, and send him on his way.

I have been a Sheffield fan for his entire career. Sure, there are a lot of negative comments out there about his past, but no one can doubt his competitive nature—and isn't that what every team needs to have on and off the field?

To this day, in his 40th year, he is still intimidating at the plate, waving his bat and showing the bat speed of a 30-year-old in his prime.

When I wrote this article on May 20, I was so pleased that Gary was living up to his billing, and my thought even then was if we would get back our injured players, he would surely look good surrounded by Jose Reyes, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, and Carlos Delgado.

However, we all know that didn't happen, so what did Gary do? He played well, he played hurt, and he mentored just about every position player the Mets have. He provided the much-needed leadership that was lacking on this team for so long.

Wright was instrumental in bringing Gary to the Mets. He recognized long before our faithful fans that Gary was a perfect fit for this team, regardless of whether he played three games a week or six.

So now what do the Mets do? They put him on waivers. He was claimed by the Giants, so they pulled him back. Now they have an opportunity to lock him up and finish his stellar career in a New York Mets uniform, his dream team since his uncle Dwight Gooden played for us in the '80s, and go out of here directly into the Hall of Fame.

The Mets pulled him back from waivers, and now more likely than not they will release him. He will go to a contender and help them into the playoffs, and what do the Mets get out of it? Nothing.

This is a continuous problem that the Mets organization has had throughout its history: They make stupid impulsive decisions without weighing the potential consequences.

I have said this since they fired Willie Randolph, for all he did was win games as the Mets manager, and they continue to make these ridiculous moves as other teams help themselves. Meanwhile, we go backwards under the less than stellar leadership of the Wilpons, Omar Minaya, and Jerry Manuel.

Mark my words, everyone, I know this team as well if not better than any of us out there, and I can tell you for sure that unless there are major changes made this offseason in the Mets organization, we will be watching World Series parades down Broad Street for the next 10 years, and that's no exaggeration.

Please, will someone in this organization please listen to the voice of reason and intelligence if I don't say so myself. Even my three amigos, I expect, are going to be on my side with this, maybe. I just have to get Nick Adamo in a good mood. I'll probably have to trade him my QB or something like that.