On October 4, 2010, the New York Mets announced the firing of general manager Omar Minaya and field manager Jerry Manuel. The Mets finished with a 79-83 won-loss mediocre record.
I am now listening to the press conference about the firing of the GM and manager. So far, I am hearing platitudes. What’s new? Does the team have a plan? I do.
First, the “get rid ofs.”
Get rid of general manager Omar Minaya and field manager Jerry Manuel. (One of the “get rids ofs” is complete!).
Get rid of the owners. Ultimately, the “buck stops here” with the owners. But the Wilpons haven’t stopped the bucks. The bucks have gone to busts such as Oliver Perez and other underachievers. And, speaking of Perez —
Get rid of Oliver Perez. Eat the contract. I know the Wilpons will vomit very soon after they eat the contract, but vomiting is a way for the body to rid itself of poisons.
Get rid of hitting coach Howard Johnson. The team doesn’t hit. Let Howard Johnson go to work for Howard Johnson restaurants and hotels. Are there any Howard Johnson’s left? The Howard Johnson chain has been about as successful as Howard Johnson, the hitting instructor.
Get rid of the trainer. There are too many injuries.
Get rid of the doctor. There are too many injuries.
Get rid of the scouting staff. The Mets’ farm system stinks.
Get rid of those ugly black uniforms.
Get rid of those ugly black caps.
Get rid of those uglier black and blue caps.
Get rid of those plain white uniforms.
Do the last four “get rid ofs” sound sarcastic? Think about it. Do the Mets need the marketing money that badly to dress the team in ugly uniforms and caps? How much of the Wilpon’s money did Bernie Madoff make off with?
What I’m saying (or rather, writing) is BRING BACK SOME CLASS TO THIS ORGANIZATION! Return to the classic all blue hats with the orange “NY” insignia, the blue and white home uniforms with the “Mets” logo on the front in script, and the road gray uniforms with “New York” on the front. Originally, these uniforms signified each of the current and former New York teams. The blue represented the Brooklyn Dodgers, the orange the New York Giants, and the pinstripes the New York Yankees.
On the field, the Mets don’t have to make major changes. The team was a bit less than average.
That brings us to the “gets,” the type of players, coaches, scouts, etc. that the Mets should pursue. Based on the Mets’ ballpark, Citifield, the Mets should “get” the following:
Get a general manager with a plan. What’s the plan? Base the team on the 1980s St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the Mets for the division title a few times in what was then the National League Eastern Division. Like Citifield, the old Busch Stadium was cavernous.
Get a manager who agrees to this plan.
What was the Cardinals’ plan to win in a spacious ballpark?
Get pitchers. Good ones. Even “fly ball” pitchers. Citifield is big enough to support them.
Get base stealers.
Get doubles hitters.
Get a few power hitters.
Get fast, fleet-of-foot outfielders who can cover Citifield’s large outfield.
Other plans that should be considered by the Mets:
Get a new hitting instructor (See above).
Get a new trainer (See above).
Get a new doctor (See above).
Get new team owners (See above).
Get a manager who has the guts to turn the team into a team, not just 25 guys.