Can I Get A Doctor Please?

An article by posted on January 15, 2010

The saga continues. Once again the question arises when it comes to the Mets medical staff and the organization leadership; does the left hand know what the right hand is doing?

Obviously not. With so many players injured during the course of the 2009 season and the way the players were or were not treated medically correct, sparked a very real concern among Mets fans everywhere. Of course it really goes back to the 2008 season with the handling of Ryan Church following his concussions.

I had hoped to put the disaster of 2009 behind me and start writing real positive articles about the team I love. I have been quiet during the off season primarily because pretty much everything has been said regarding 2009.

I have ripped Manager Jerry Manuel and his boss General Manager Omar Minaya to the core, however I had no choice since they have both been retained to start the 2010 campaign. Omar has been overall very good in the off season. It is his non moves especially at the trade deadline that has frustrated me during his reign.

I am especially happy with the acquisition of Jason Bey and despite what others may say, I believe Bengie Molina would be a move in the right direction. I would also be quite satisfied adding either Ben Sheets, Joel Pineiro or Gil Meche to the Mets pitching staff, but all that for another article.

Now back to Carlos Beltran. Yesterday the Mets brass came unglued when they found out that Beltran had gone and had surgery on his knee Wednesday morning. They said he didn’t inform the team as they wanted Carlos to get a third opinion. This comes from John Ricco the Assistant General Manager who held the conference call to pounce all over Carlos.

Omar Minaya was not there as he along with Jeff Wilpon were attending an owners conference somewhere deep inside the Earths core, so communication between these two spokesmen didn’t take place.

Scott Boras, Beltran’s agent, defended Carlos by saying the Mets knew about the surgery even sending the proper Workman’s Compensation papers to the doctor in Colorado. Now everybody hates Boras so nobody believed him thus Carlos Beltran was now the enemy.

Well low and behold today, Carlos in a written statement read to the press by Boras, said he did inform the Mets regarding the surgery on Tuesday evening speaking directly to Minaya who in turn wished Carlos good luck and a speedy recovery. It seems Omar failed to let the organization know, and now there is so much egg on the face of the Mets organization that they will be serving omelets to its opening day crowd.

This organizations history of poor management and decisions is nothing new and this latest foo-pah is nothing less than showing that the incompetence of this franchise starts right at the top.

Will I stop being a fan? Do I hope the Mets will lose 100 games this year? No, on both counts.

I have stuck with the Mets since opening day in 1962 and I will be loyal to them forever.

This new controversy doesn’t make me happy, but if it takes another poor showing in 2010 in order to clean house, again, starting from the top down, I can live with that as well.

Let’s Go Mets and I think someone once said 37 years ago “You Gotta Believe”.

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