Minaya Ignores Front Office

By / January 12, 2009 / Offseason

Jon Heyman has said on the MLB Network that Omar Minaya and the front office cannot come to terms as who the next starter to sign should be.

Minaya prefers Oliver Perez while the front office wants Derek Lowe.

Reasons for Lowe? He’s a groundball pitcher.

I was reading an excerpt on the Amazin’ Avenue website. Some of the Mets, which included David Wright, had batting practice in Citi Field back in September and claimed the park played like a hitter’s park.

This contradicts what we’ve been told and have seen. We’ve all assumed that it was a pitcher’s park like Shea Stadium.

If this is true, I hate to say this, but then I have to agree with the front office on this one.

Bring in Derek Lowe. Give him the money he wants. Just get it done.

Side note:

Amazin’ Avenue has a great article about the potential of home runs in Citi Field.

It seems that Citi Field is a pitcher’s ballpark simply because the walls are extended further out than at Shea Stadium.

Too many contradictions.

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Ed Leyro

Given that the majority of winds in the summer come from a southwesterly direction and the fact that Citi Field isn’t as high as Shea was, I think wind might help push some balls out a little. However, the fences are higher in some areas, so line drive home runs will turn into long doubles (or singles for Ramon Castro). You’re right about the contradictions making it tough to judge what type of park Citi Field will be. I wish the Mets could sign both Lowe and Ollie and then both Omar and the front office can get what they want. After all, the contracts of Carlos Delgado and Billy Wagner are coming off the books after this season.

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Ed Leyro

Given that the majority of winds in the summer come from a southwesterly direction and the fact that Citi Field isn’t as high as Shea was, I think wind might help push some balls out a little. However, the fences are higher in some areas, so line drive home runs will turn into long doubles (or singles for Ramon Castro). You’re right about the contradictions making it tough to judge what type of park Citi Field will be. I wish the Mets could sign both Lowe and Ollie and then both Omar and the front office can get what they want. After all, the contracts of Carlos Delgado and Billy Wagner are coming off the books after this season.

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Nilvio

The mets have to play at Citi for a whole year to determine how the park is going to play. We just don’t know until we see balls hit. I have to agree on Omar on this one. I don’t like Derek Lowe. Personally, I think he is a jerk. And I don’t think he is that great. Yes, he is a groundball, sinking type of a pitcher. Oliver Perez is a power pitcher. Perez strikes out more batters, at least 160 the last 3 seasons compared to Lowe not topping 150 the last 3 seasons.

Just do this: September ball game, at home, against the Phillies. Mets up one. Runner on second and Utley at bat with Howard on deck. Would you rather have Lowe or Perez on the mound?

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Nilvio

The mets have to play at Citi for a whole year to determine how the park is going to play. We just don’t know until we see balls hit. I have to agree on Omar on this one. I don’t like Derek Lowe. Personally, I think he is a jerk. And I don’t think he is that great. Yes, he is a groundball, sinking type of a pitcher. Oliver Perez is a power pitcher. Perez strikes out more batters, at least 160 the last 3 seasons compared to Lowe not topping 150 the last 3 seasons.

Just do this: September ball game, at home, against the Phillies. Mets up one. Runner on second and Utley at bat with Howard on deck. Would you rather have Lowe or Perez on the mound?

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