New York Mets: New Faces Will Bring Changes to Team in 2010
The GMs of Major League Baseball are meeting this week to review baseball policies and also to lay the groundwork for deals this winter.
Omar Minaya has arrived in Chicago for the meetings and is making it known that he is desperately seeking a power bat in left field and/or first base for 2010.
Every season the Mets make an impact move, Johan Santana in 2008, Francisco Rodriguez in 2009, and Matt Holliday seems the likely choice for the major deal this winter.
Santana and K-Rod did make their presences known, both on the field and off the field with their clubhouse interviews.
During most of their post-game interviews, they made it clear that they will throw any and all teammates under the bus for not getting a job done during the game situations.
The Mets are a team that needs to have its culture changed, what has been in place the last few years obviously has not worked. I think that this year's acquisitions should be the difference makers in the clubhouse.
While being frustrated is completely understandable, all wins are team wins and all losses are team losses.
By Santana repeatedly saying "I think I did my job" may be true at least some of the time, it also shows the press and listening audience that he was only interested in his pitching line and that the win/loss statistic is not important to him as a player.
Unfortunately very few Mets players seem to understand this team concept or are at least willing to acknowledge that fact. This needs to change immediately.
There appear to be players who either use the language barrier or have to run home to the wife and kids as an excuse to leave the clubhouse earlier than their teammates who end up answering for them as a team.
I realize that they are getting contracts to play and not to talk, but my point is that communication on and off the field should be more of a priority than it has been in the past.
The players that are acquired this winter should not only be judged on what they bring to the field, but also by what qualities they bring to the clubhouse.
All players are accountable for answering the media and should not look for the glory interview and show that they understand that the team lost and they all played some part in that loss.
Last April, Gary Sheffield was brought to the Mets and there was much criticism for his past history on both the Yankees and Detroit Tigers.
Sheffield ended up being the model citizen, working with the younger players and supporting de-facto Captain David Wright to the wall and beyond most of the time.
My hope is that the 2010 Mets will report to Spring Training with a winning and positive attitude that starts from the top and trickles all the way down.
Make no mistake, Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel will be on a short leash in 2010, so the offseason moves of the management and attitudes of the players and coaches this spring will be closely monitored.
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