They’re gone! Yes, Omar Minaya is thankfully no longer the General Manager of the New York Mets. Even better news is that Jerry “The Gangsta” Manuel has finally been fired and will no longer be managing the Mets and laughing after a loss. I know the beat writers will miss him but we’re finally free of these two losers. Unfortunately this should have happened years ago but better late than never I suppose.
I watched the press conference and it all sounded nice but we’ve heard this all before. This organization talks a great game but when it’s time to deliver they’ve failed over and over again. I know a lot of fans are happy that Omar and Jerry are done and they liked this press conference and are encouraged by it but I just don’t share their optimism. I wish I could but this team and the way it has been run in the past doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt.
One of the things I hated was when the Wilpons said that they wanted to improve the team and win baseball games. Of course we all want them to win baseball games but we also want them to win a championship. To me that quote is very similar to meaningful baseball game sin September.
I didn’t like that Omar Minaya is still working with this organization and that the Wilpons said it’s up to the new General Manager whether Omar has a job or not. I get it Omar has a contract and the Mets have to honor that contract. Having said that Omar didn’t do his job. I actually I should say he didn’t do a good job. He has embarrassed this organization in the past, he should no longer in any fashion have a job with the New York Mets. Much like Bobby Bonilla starting next year let Omar sit home and collect his paycheck.
I felt that the Wilpons insulted our intelligence once again by saying that they never once told Omar “NO.” Maybe before 2008 that is true but for the last 2 seasons you cannot tell me that Omar was allowed to make moves and spend money. I know they downplayed the Madoff scandal again but it had something to do with spending.
I did like that the Wilpons said that the General Manager will hire the manager. That is a step in the right direction. I don’t know what that exactly does for Wally Backman, I guess we’ll have to wait until a new GM is hired. I do hope that the new GM allows the next manager to pick his own staff. I also appreciated the way Fred Wilpon spoke about his love of this franchise. I honestly believe he was being sincere in his statement. I was a little confused though by him saying that he was still in charge. The media and Fred himself have made it clear over the last couple of years that Jeff is in charge of the team. Perhaps he worded his statement wrong but it comes off as unorganized in my opinion.
I hope the Wilpons prove me wrong, I really do. I hope that this press conference wasn’t all talk and that their actions will speak louder. We’ll see in 2011.