Even when the Titanic was doomed and sinking to the bottom of the North Atlantic the Captain, John Smith remained in the wheelhouse. Yesterday, as the Mets organization again was taking on water, their leader, Omar Minaya was in warm dry Arizona carrying Jeff Wilpon’s luggage. At this point, that is all Minaya is-an overpaid lackey given menial tasks to earn his keep. While on the other side of the country, John Ricco, his successor, […]
On October 4th, after the conclusion of the worst season in the Omar Minaya era, Jeff Wilpon appeared with Minaya and Dave Howard on WFAN with Mike Francesa. When Wilpon was pressed by Francesa to spell out specifically what he would do differently in 2010, Wilpon responded as follows: “Obviously, mistakes were made with respect to how player injuries were handled. There was a lot of miscommunication, especially with injuries that occurred on the road. We […]
The following is a statement from Carlos Beltran via his agent Scott Boras. I am totally surprised by the reaction to my recent knee surgery. I have done nothing but follow the directions of my doctors. Any accusations that I ignored or defied the team’s wishes are simply false. I also spoke to Omar Minaya about the surgery on Tuesday. He did not ask me to wait, or to get another doctor’s opinion. He just […]
According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, a person with knowledge of the situation said Beltran did not obtain advance written consent from the club to have the surgery, which was performed by his personal physician, Dr. Richard Steadman, in Colorado. However, Carlos Beltran’s agent Scott Boras, disputed that account last night. He said the guarantee language in the slugger’s contract requires advance written permission only for “elective operations”. “This was necessary surgery, necessary surgery […]
Here is a quick recap of some of the highlights of today’s conference call with the media regarding Carlos Beltran. Mets Assistant GM John Ricco conducted the call while Jay Horwitz moderated. Burkhardt – Did Carlos Beltran do this without team permission? Ricco - There is an issue with the process in that we told the the agent that we wanted the ability to discuss the diagnosis and possibly get a thrid opinion. We were never afforded […]
The news that Carlos Beltran underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ailing knee, hit Mets fans like a tidal wave on Wednesday night. The procedure was performed in Colorado by his personal physician, Dr. Richard Steadman. The Mets issued a statement that he would be able to resume baseball activities in 12 weeks, but who knows when he will be ready to play in actual games again? You would have to believe there would be two weeks of […]
Brian Costa of the Star-Ledger, is reporting that the Mets and Marlins are close to announcing that they will play a three-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico, next season. This is according to another report in the Sun-Sentinel. The series was originally scheduled to be played in Miami from June 28-30. It will instead be held at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, which was host to the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009. The stadium […]
I have to be honest, I didn’t think GM Omar Minaya had it in him to land Jason Bay. I was ready to chalk up the 2010 season to rebuilding and maybe finishing in fourth place, but Minaya’s pursuit and subsequent landing of Bay to play left field for the Mets and possibly bat cleanup has changed my outlook of this team. Not entirely, of course, but this is a solid move that injects a […]
Last week Mike Vaccaro post a blog on the New York Post website that you can read right here saying that ticket agents from the Mets are questioning the loyalty of fans who have not yet renewed their season tickets for the 2010 season. I did get a phone call asking me if I was planning on buying the ticket package, but my loyalty to the team was not questioned by that particular agent, having […]
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