Omar Minaya: The End Is Near
After watching Omar Minaya stutter, stumble, and repeat himself countless times during Tuesday's press conference, I realized that it is Omar Minaya who should be applying for unemployment, not Willie Randolph. While Randolph failed to get the Mets to the World Series in 2006, falling just a game short, and allowing his team to have a monumental collapse last year, as the Amazins' fell short of the playoffs on the last day of the season, and finally, managing the Mets to an awful start this year, he has been behind the eight ball, from the beginning of 2007. Lets review what he had been given to work with since last year: an aging Carlos Delgado, with significantly less pop, and a losing attitude, the oft injured second baseman Luis Castillo, and even more ailing Moises Alou, a Carlos Beltran who has been hard of hitting thus far, Shawn Green was thrown into right field and was poor, Guillermo Mota who was much more trouble than he was worth, Orlando Hernandez who is still on the DL, and this year he has seen much of the same, Ryan Church is out, Matt Wise is gone, Pedro has been out, and when he is back, he is ineffective. It is a wonder that the Mets are still in the race. There is also the fact that Randolph's coaching staff has never been safe, his hitting coach Guy Conti was fired towards the end of last year, and he was replaced by Rickey Henderson who may have contributed t othe tainting of Jose Reyes's attitude last year, and he did not chose his own pitching coach, he had to keep the incumbent Rick Peterson, whose effect on the starting staff as of today has been mixed. Oliver Perez and John Maine have been mostly irratic, and Mike Pelfrey has just started to develop, and Aaron Heilman is for the most part useless. As you can see, Randolph was never given two fair shakes.
This begs the question, who was responsible for Randolphs infirm team, and his lack of control over his own coaching staff. The answer is Omar Minaya. Minaya signed Alou, Beltran, Pedro, traded for Delgado, and Castillo, and picked up Mota and Church, as well as Shawn Green. In exchange for Delgado Omar sent away Mike Jacobs who is much younger, and has considerably more pop in his bat with 17 home runs this year, and the hard throwing Yusmeiro Petit, who we may see up with the Diamondbacks before long. That trade did not work out, well, and while Castillo was a strong pickup, they should have had a better doctor for his physical seeing as he is shot.
While some might say that Minaya has brought in Johan Santana, a certified ace, and has signed David Wright, and Jose Reyes to long extensions, each of those moves can be shown in a different light. First, Omar inherited Reyes and Wright from the Steve Phillips regime, and anyone in their right mind would retain the two young wunderkinds of the National League. In the Santana trade, the Mets traded Carlos Gomez, Deolis Guerra, and Philip Humber. While most of us can agree that Humber is a wash up as first round picks go (and guess who drafted him in 2005, Omar Minaya), and time will tell whether Guerra, and Gomez work out. However, while Johan is a great lefty ace, he has yet to wow anyone in Queens, and he will need to have a strong second half to the season, and lead the Mets to the playoffs to help justify this trade.
To tell you the truth I don't think Willie Randolph could have ever felt any sense of security from day one in 2007. He had no idea who would be on the DL any given week, and his coaching decisions were second guessed, or not even allowed to happen. Omar Minaya was given a choice by the Wilpons (the family that owns the Mets), fire Willie, or fire yourself. Then Minaya decided to try and be the biggest possible ass as possible in doing so, firing him at 12 at night, after a win. If Jerry Manuel doesn't work a miracle this year and bring the Mets to the world series this year, Omar's number is up.
Then, through all the bad moves, to have to try to untangle Minaya's words in his abysmal press conference, well that was the last straw. Omar Minaya needs to reevaluate what he has done, he has presented a man with a poor lineup and told him to win, and when he didn't he changed his life by firing him, he has wasted millions of Met dollars on wash ups and invalids, and he has most of all cheated the people of New York, and Mets fans everywhere. To paraphrase Keith Olbermann, "Mr.[Minaya], Shut Up!"
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