There are only two people who seem to lack intelligence. They sit all of the time, yet claim to know theirsport. Two have rings. One lacks depth. One lacks smack numbers. These people hurt more than help. Who are they?
Have you figured it out? I’ll tell you.
Jerry Manuel, Howard Johnson and we’ll add the rest of the coaching staff for good measure.
I want you to do me a favor and think about this really hard. Look at the lineup. Who is on the lineup of the New York Mets?
Then there is the pitching staff consisting of Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, Jonathon Niese, R.A. Dickey, and a troubled number five spot.
Outside of the number five spot and Castillo, the Mets should be able to make it to the playoffs. They did make it to first place when Santana, John Maine and Oliver Perez were anything but stellar. The offense carried them. Now that the offense is slightly wavering, the pitching is carrying them.
The point is, what really needs to get done? Does a trade really need to happen in order for the Mets to make it to the playoffs?
The answer? A loud and fervent NO!
Trading is not the answer to the woes of the Mets. Santana has stepped up his game. Niese is just flat out crazy as is Dickey. Pelfrey is wavering, but is fixable. Besides, there really were not any players who could help and that would have stayed because some are going to be free agents at the end of the year.
Look at the Mets track record. Look at all of the stellar players Omar Minaya has brought to the organization, all players YOU GUYS WANTED. The minute they under perform, you blame Minaya for it. Why? You say he’s stupid. Are you stupid? You wanted them.
Minaya can bring in all of the greats. It does not mean they will do well here. Bay is one example of that. Beltran is another. He was on the verge of a record breaking career with a .325 average when is knees gave out on him last year. Francisco Rodriguez is nothing but trouble for the elderly. I wonder how many heart attacks he’s caused. We can include Castillo and Pedro Martinez.
Now here’s the next one.
All of you want Minaya to make a trade. Okay. Who are you willing to part with? If you say Ike Davis, Jonathon Niese, Bobby Parnell, Josh Thole or Jenrry Mejia, I will pick up a Louisville Slugger baseball bat and hit you with the force Mike Piazza used to hit home runs out of Shea Stadium. Do not test me on this.
If Minaya was to trade the farm, you would get on him about that too. Maybe the problem is not Minaya, but with your lack of patience. The Mets finally have a farm system to be proud of and get the fans excited about. There is a bright future on the horizon.
Look at the recent trade proposal by the Houston Astros. They wanted Thole and Parnell for Brett Myers. Would you have made that trade? If you say yes, I’m calling the cops because clearly you are smoking some serious illegal crap.
There was no answer for the Mets when it comes to this trade deadline that has passed.
Did you think about this as well? After the 2006 season, nobody likes the Mets for some inexplicable reason. So other MLB GMs are going to make the Mets bleed. They know the Mets can make a run and just need a player here and there for the final push. They will not help without decimating the farm.
However, if the Mets really wanted to do something that will help get this team on track, they will fire Manuel and company. This team is better than they have performed in the second half. The players cannot be faulted. It lands on the staff.
So a trade did not get done. So what? There is still something that can be done to get this team going.
Oh and there is still another shot the Mets have. There is the August 31st waiver deadline.