I am not a fan of the Mets’ current front office, manager, training staff, or several other areas that shape the team. This season, I have complained more than any other season I have covered the Mets for MattTracy.com, and I can say that I have turned into one of the team’s number one critic in one of the shortest spans of time.
I dislike the manager; all you need to do is watch one of his post-game press conferences to tell that he isn’t an intelligent man, let alone be qualified to manage a Major League Baseball team. He mumbles, stumbles, and stutters his way through questions during interviews, not knowing what to say and trying to make himself look smart by filling in the blanks with off-topic, irrelevant details. Perfect example of an ignorant man trying to make himself look better than he really is.
It is amazing how far downhill general manager Omar Minaya has gone since his magical acquisitions of 2005-06 that gave fans hope that they never had before. Unfortunately, he built the team as if it was a one-year plan to win in 2006. The Mets won often in 2006 and had a great season, but when they were unable to win game 7 of the NLCS, it seemed as if Omar Minaya threw his dreams out the window. He failed to address the seriously unstable starting rotation this past off-season, and instead acquired two closers to overbuild the back-end of the rotation when he should have spread the talent evenly.
The worst part of this team that I have seen in recent months has been their repeating irresponsible decisions to gamble and lose when it comes to injuries. Nearly every single player that was injured and placed on the Disabled List became victim to preventable injuries.
Jose Reyes – Reyes missed a few days in the beginning stages of his injury, but was pushed into games and ended up injuring himself to the point where he was placed on the Disabled List. The team did such a horrible job with treating his injury that he suffered another injury on top of it.
Oliver Perez – Perez struggled through his first handful of starts of 2009, but the team later revealed that he had been playing through an injury. He soon began to recover, but was re-injured following a rehab stint.
J.J. Putz – After a dominant start to 2009, Putz fell off the face of the planet and began getting shelled. The velocity on his fastball dropped like lead and everyone knew SOMETHING was wrong. The team soon placed him on the Disabled List and revealed that he was suffering from an arm injury.
How long will this team let players risk their injuries and eventually have an ENTIRE team of AAA minor-league players? This team certainly has missed a step in conditioning these players in the off-season if there are this many injuries and definitely are not experts at preventing injuries.
It is not easy to decide where to point the finger here, though, because each player’s situation is different and the person who actually shuts them down could vary.