“The Mets need to go back to square one, go back to their roots, go to younger players,” Lo Duca said. “If that means to trade David, that means to trade David.”
Former Dodger and Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca took a rip at his former general manager Omar Minaya, charging that Minaya was an idiot who was unfit for his job.
Appearing as a guest on the Joe and Evan show on WFAN this morning to talk about the Belmont Stakes, things veered way off course when the former MLB All-Star turned horse-racing enthusiast, took some stiff jabs at his former boss.
“They stuck their hopes in a guy who, let’s be honest, had no clue what was going on. None. He ended up making the franchise go backwards. Where the Mets have always made the mistake is they’ve always settled for mediocrity.”
He also took a shot at current Mets catchers saying, ”I could hit better left-handed than the schmucks the Mets have there now.”
Lo Duca has held a grudge against Minaya and the Mets since 2007, when the Mets general manager decided to part ways with the four-time all star after a historic collapse.
“Anytime in your lifetime that you’re not wanted, it’s tough,” Lo Duca said. “I was vocal that I wanted to stay in New York, but with the way that the offseason went, I’m glad I’m not there. I hate to say that, but they went through three guys and I never got a phone call. I wasn’t wanted, obviously. So, I’m human. I’m glad.”
Lo Duca earned $6.25 million in 2007 and was seeking a three-year deal for even more annual dollars.
The decision by Minaya ultimately turned out to be a good one, as Lo Duca would play just 67 more games in 2008, before packing it in amid steroid allegations, marital infidelity and gambling allegations.