I think I have been fortunate to have been able to work here. It has been a dream. The only part of the dream that didn’t happen was winning a World Series….We had talent, we put talent together. The team has to close it out. We just couldn’t get it done.
To Mets fans:
I want to thank the Mets fans. They have been very loyal. The organization [minor leagues] are in good shape. The major league club, the nucleus of the this team, is healthy. The ownership are committed to winning. Thank you for their support. Keep the faith. Keep on believing. Its going to happen. I believe the nucleus of this organization are trying as hard as they can to make it happen. Thank you for the support over the years.
Regarding working in another role with the Mets:
We spoke about that. It is not fair to give me another role. At some point in time we may discuss that. The GM should have autonomy to have the option to hire his own people.
Something may happen later on. We did talk about a future role. But let’s allow the new GM to come in and see what happens first. I am open to it.
Did he feel a change was needed:
I think we needed a change. I spoke to Fred and Jeff about this. We had three years that we had to finish the job. We came one game short. …we are expected to win. I was given the payroll to get the job done. Everybody has tried. The bottom line is the job was not done. It has not happened. I totally agree with them that a change was needed.
Where will he go? Remember he can still come here and work as a scout:
I am a baseball guy. I’m going to spend some time with my kids. I have been blessed to have been surrounded by so many great people.
I’ll be doing some type of talent evaluating somewhere. As a New Yorker I want to see this organization win the World Series.
Minaya feels the new GM should be the one to choose who comes in. While he would be open to staying on in another form, he would like the new GM to make that call. This will be discussed later in the offseason.
I would like to wish Omar Minaya the best of luck wherever he ends up. Contrary to how other Mets fans feel, he did do some things right like getting our farm system in order. So I would like to thank him for that. Sorry to see you go. From a personal stand point, you did more than you and other Mets fans realize.
So thank you.