According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets’ reign of error is set to continue into 2011. Fred Wilpon will retain Omar Minaya for the 2011 season.
The team’s principal owner, Fred Wilpon, on Thursday said he is planning to stick with general manager Omar Minaya beyond this year, despite the threat of a second straight losing season.
Wilpon, in East Hartford, Conn., to help announce a new partnership between SNY and UConn athletics, brushed aside reporters’ inquiries about his floundering Mets. But as Wilpon walked away, a Post reporter asked if Minaya would remain the team’s GM beyond this year.
“Is the sun going to come up tomorrow?” Wilpon answered.
Minaya is signed through the 2012 season and still owed more than $2 million.
Last August, in the midst of a nightmarish 70-win season, Wilpon offered a similar endorsement for Minaya, answering “Absolutely. That’s a fact,” when asked by The Post if Minaya would remain as GM in 2010.
To further infuriate his fan base, Wilpon also gave a thumbs up on the job performance by his son, team COO Jeff Wilpon. As Fred Wilpon ducked into a chauffeured automobile he was asked about the job Jeff is doing,
“Excellent,” Fred Wilpon said. “Everybody knows that.”
Fred Wilpon may be more out of touch with his fanbase, than any other owner in sports.
It’s a shame that any hope for change after this season, has now been squashed by an owner who is oblivious to all the ineptitude and turmoil that has plagued this team in the last half decade.
To say that his son Jeff has done an “excellent job” is mind-blowing to me… Excellent how?
It might be time to start hitting them where it hurts, and that is in their pockets.
Profits are the only thing that seems to get their attention these days.