Entries from Mike's Mets tagged with 'Omar Minaya'

Quick Hits: Reyes Edition

Apologies for disappearing for a few days. I've been fighting some sort of summertime flue that's really floored me. I tried three separate times to write a follow-up to my Reyes piece from last week that I finally just scrapped....

Quick Hits -- Friday the Thirteenth Edition

Just a few quick thoughts on what's been happening: Beltran This is undoubtedly Beltran's last season in New York, and he seems determined to go out with a bang. As remarkable as today's three home run game was, even more...

Zen and the Art of Self-Delusion

The Post's Joel Sherman has written several times this spring advocating for the Mets to go into full fire sale mode. I don't agree with this point of view, of course, but I do understand the logic behind it. In...

Job Insecurity

In his Daily Scoop column today at SI.com, Jon Heyman doesn't travel very far out on a limb when he pronounces Mets manager Jerry Manuel as "on the hot seat." I'm going to preface what I say next by noting...

Looking Back, Looking Ahead (Part 2)

[Note: This is the conclusion of a 2-part article. For Part 1 of this article, please click here.] For all appearances, the Mets operated this past winter without a real plan. Despite claiming that they were putting together a...

Predicting the Mets' Off-season

Several weeks ago, I wrote that the Mets would retain Minaya and Manuel and make only enough moves to give the impression that they are trying to improve the team, with an eye on the pocketbook. Well, M and M...

Going Forward

There was a lot of hoopla over Jayson Stark's "break it all down and start over" prescription for fixing the Mets at ESPN.com last week. I don't think Stark got everything wrong, but the piece read very much like it...

Cruel September

I started writing this blog in August of 2005. The Mets under rookie manager Willie Randolph had treaded water around the .500 mark for most of the season, and then put a little run together in late August to force...

At The Crossroads - A Thoroughly Pessimistic View Of The Mets

In the Mets' history, there have been several periods in which the Mets were barely competitive, where the attraction of going to or watching a Mets game was in hoping the underdog Mets could win and maybe knock off a...

Short Stops

THE INJURY BUG BITES AGAIN The sight of Jon Niese sprawled out by the pitchers mound was as disheartening as anything we have witnessed this season. But following the freak injury to Luis Castillo the night before and Sheffield removing...

A Deep Breath Is In Order

A well-penned article by Ken Belson, with assists from Ben Shpigel and Tyler Kepner, in today's NY Times is must reading for all Mets fans. It is aptly entitled: "A Disquieting Silence Envelops the Floundering Mets." Things are not going...

Dead Team Walking

Ok, I'm done drinking the Kool-Aid. I'm no longer buying what they're selling. I was a good little fan and I made it to the All Star break with the hope that come the second half of the season things...

French Twist

Okay, we're going to try this again. My Mom is now settled in a convalescent home, but her finances are a mess. Things are still kind of nuts, but I figure if I'm ever going to get back to blogging...

Watching the Train Wreck in Slow Motion

There's no doubt that I should not be unemployed. The effect on our household income is serious. Even more serious, though, is that I'm watching more Mets games on television. This too is having a devastating effect on my psyche....

Keeping the Faith

Well, people, color me shocked. If someone would've told me that the Mets would be 19 - 9 in May, after having lost their starting first baseman, their starting shortstop, their starting leftfielder, one of their starting pitchers, and their...

Sheffield

I was going to try to give my mangled right hand one more day off, but the Mets signing of Gary Sheffield is something to which I just had to contribute my two cents. I have my concerns about this...

The WBC Strikes Again

Three years ago I wrote several items critical of the World Baseball Classic for this blog. No matter what spin Selig and the pro-WBC crowd try to put on it, the timing of this in spring is just terrible. No...

I Don't Hate Luis Castillo

Whether I talk Mets with Mets fans or non Mets fans this winter, Luis Castillo's name inevitably comes up in the conversation. Over the last few seasons it seems like there are always one or two players designated to be...

Failure to Spend Is Not the Problem

I'm going to start this off with a brief confession, so please indulge me. When I started this blog in 2005, I was just starting to deal with a serious bout of Lyme disease. Although I was in pretty bad...

Minaya Leaves Vegas with a Bullpen

What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but Omar Minaya left there with a couple of arms that are likely to pay some dividends in Citi Field next summer. In a move that most of us expected,...

Omar's Winter Meetings Haul -- A Closer and a Putz

When Billy Wagner went down last season the Mets were unable to find another closer. Should something happen to Francisco Rodriguez [insert your favorite superstitious method of warding off evil here] they'll have to look no farther than their own...

Winter Meetings Day One

I remember previous seasons reading complaints that Omar Minaya was impatient and too quick to overpay for the player or players he wanted. Now there is criticism about how none of the holes on this team have been filled yet....

Four Omar - Five to Go

Upon the revelation that Omar Minaya is about to be extended four more years, it is time to reflect on the still to be determined 2008 Mets campaign. Nothing is more obvious than the high quality pitching delivered start in...

As the Game Rolls On

ALL-STAR FOLLIES The All-Star break has come and gone and the greatest fear of all Mets fans was front and center. Wags had the game and the World Series home field advantage on his arm and blew the opportunity. Had...

It's Time for Someone to Be an Adult

Being a true leader demands the ability to make truly tough decisions. Often the right decision is not the popular one. Yankees GM Brian Cashman has taken a lot of heat in the local papers for electing to go with...

The Willie Watch Comes To a Merciful End

To run, manage or play on a professional baseball team in New York is becoming more complex every day. There is no rumor that is not worth discussing and/or printing. There can be no honest mistakes (or any other type...

The Answer is Not Blowing in the Wind!

This can't go on like this. I'm not talking about losing games, I'm talking about the indecision about the managerial and coaching positions on our team. Personally, I've had it with the way Omar and the Wilpons are handling the...

Wake Me Up After 37 More Games and We'll Talk

The first quarter of the 2008 season is three games in the past and the Mets are basically treading water as a .500 team. This probably comes as a surprise to Omar Minaya and the Wilpons, who figured they made...

Offensive Ineptitude

Game 19: Cubs 8 - Mets 1 It would be redundant to enumerate the offensive shortcomings from yesterday afternoon's poor performance against the Cubs. In their 19 games played do far this season the Mets have scored 88 runs for...

Monday Odds and Ends

First off a quick programming note. I apologize to those of you who were looking for one of Barry Duchan's historical articles yesterday. I know they are a great favorite of many of this site's readers, as they are of...

Evaluating Omar, Conclusions

part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | conclusions (this article) In the three previous installments of this article we took a look at the moves Mets GM Omar Minaya has made since taking over the reins after the...

Evaluating Omar, Part 3

part 1 | part 2 | part 3 (this article) | conclusions In this, the third segment of our analysis of Omar Minaya's tenure as GM of the New York Mets, we'll take a look at the moves he has...

Evaluating Omar, Part 2

part 1 | part 2 (this article) | part 3 | conclusions As mentioned in part 1 of this analysis, we're taking a look at the moves Omar Minaya has made as General Manager of the Mets. Minaya has taken...

Evaluating Omar, Part 1

part 1 (this article) | part 2 | part 3 | conclusions The honeymoon has been over for a while for Mets GM Omar Minaya. His first year on the job was received with a giant pat on the back...

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