Unlike a lot of you who have seen the Mets most recent World Series victory in 1986, I was born in 1995, meaning I am title-less.
With that, however, I recognize that a lot of you have seen a lot of the ebbs and flow’s with this organization, including the lowest of lows and highest of highs.
However, I think it is fair to say that the current state of the Mets is one of the worst in history.
That might sound a bit drastic, because there have been some hellish seasons in Queens, but right now we are seeing incompetence at its finest.
In my early life of following baseball, the Mets were pretty bad. 2002-04, I never saw the Mets have a winning season, so when ’06 rolled around, it was euphoric. The Mets were finally good, all was right in the world and I was a happy camper.
We know what happened after that.
2007 collapse. 2008 collapse. Madoff scandal. 2009’s injury laden team and so forth.
Those years flat out sucked, but at least when Sandy Alderson was instated as general manager following the 2010 season, we had some idea of what direction the Mets were going.
Alderson told us that the next few years were likely going to be losing ones, but that they would be stacking the farm system and building towards the future.
That in itself at least gave us a glimmer of hope and a discernible plan going forward.
They made it to the World Series in 2015 when everything culminated, and while they lost to Kansas City in five games, there was hope that we could get back there.
That never happened, and here we are less than three years later and we are back at square one.
Only this time, there is no discernible plan on how to get back there.
This time, who knows when the Mets will even sniff the playoffs again?
The farm system has some enticing names for sure. Peter Alonso, Justin Dunn, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Andres Gimenez and Jarred Kelenic who is a bit further away. However, as a whole, it’s a wreck.
The farm system is nowhere near where it was just a couple years ago, and the Major League team isn’t even good to compensate for it.
The past two winters, the Mets have spent money, but they haven’t done it wisely. This offseason, they spent $88 million on second-tier free agents, all of which have backfired.
Co-general manager John Ricco said the team plans to have a short rebuild and wants to contend in 2019.
But with a weak farm and a lack of talent at the big league level, also whom has been decimated by injuries, do we really expect them to drop big bucks on the likes of Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel, Andrew Miller and so forth in order to make one more run at a World Series title?
Yes, there will be a new general manager, but as long as the Wilpon’s are running the show, expect many of the same mistakes to be made.
A zebra never changes its stripes.
So when I say this is the lowest point, at least in my Mets fandom, I mean it. There is no concrete plan laid down that says, “OK, here’s what we are going to do, why, and where we expect to be going forward.”
We don’t know what the future holds for the Mets, and neither does anyone calling the shots.
You can’t just spend poorly and draft poorly and expect to magically contend. What you are going to do instead is plague yourself with albatross contracts and middling prospects, which will set the foundation for years of losing.