Do The Mets Lack A Killer Instinct?

An article by posted on May 2, 2009

Omar Minaya spoke with Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and made some disparaging remarks when talking about the team’s lack of what he calls “an edge”.

“We have good guys, solid professionals. There is a smile on David Wright’s face, a smile on Jose Reyes’s face. But there is not an edge to them. Some people see edge as leadership. Sometimes, you need a little meanness to your game. Some people perceive leadership as meanness.

“I couldn’t tell you that we have that type of guy. We have leaders. But everyone’s perception of leadership is different.”

It’s interesting how he singled out Wright and Reyes while talking about his team’s lack of a killer instinct. A few moments later he threw Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado into the mix, saying that they were similar in temperament to Wright and Reyes and didn’t have an edge to them either.

When asked to explain edge, Minaya singled out Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, and said about him, “That guy has an edge to him.”

 If Omar really felt that none of his core players have an edge to them, why did he stay on the sidelines when Orlando Hudson, Raul Ibanez and others were available?

The answer is that he thinks he solved that problem with Alex Cora and Gary Sheffield.

“When you add guys like Sheffield, guys like Cora, they give you something different,” Minaya says. “We needed that. I think it will pay off in the end.”

Before the Phillies game, Omar Minaya stepped back from those comments.

“Let’s be clear – we have an edge,” Minaya said. “Our edge is different. Some guys are serious. Some guys are happy. There’s a different form of leadership.”

Sounds like Omar trying to do some damage control. But he can’t hide from his comments now. Much of the Mets fan base already believes the team had no edge anyway.

Let me throw this at our readers…


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