It’s The Case Of Rebuilding …….. Is It Done At Any Cost ?
Well the MLB season is merely just around the corner and Spring Training will have players reporting for their preseseason schedules and games. It goes without saying that expectations will be high for a number of teams especially those who made something of a big splash in the offseason acquiring marquee free agents or an assortment of big money signings to bolster their respective rosters.
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The Washington Nationals will be tested during the season and it remains to be seen whether or not the acquisition of Jayson Werth will play its part of the resurrection of the team’s fortunes . God knows they need it having been the cellar dweller in the NL East last season . GM Mike Rizzo made this signing knowing full well that it could very well make or break any aspirations of the organization should the Nationals come up short this season. And for the coaching staff it’ll be their task to see that this team is ready and fully equipped to undertake the task that’s ahead of them ………. and that is to win and win competitiveness and conviction . Anything short of that may well prove to be an immense disappointment to the fans in attendance at the Nationals Ballpark in Washington ,. DC this season.
Say what you will but there’s no hiding the fact that with each passing year for all the millions of dollars at their disposal courtesy of the Wilpon family fortune the New York Mets just seem to find ever increasing ways of continuing to disappoint. Now with the firing of former GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel the organization now has a new broom in charge and out went the old and in came the new. Sandy Alderson a former GM with the Oakland A’s and at one time a subordinate of Commissioner Bud Selig with the MLB hierarchy has been brought in as head of Baseball Operations for the Mets . In one of his first procedures in his tenure was the firing of both Minaya and Manuel . Not an unlikely outcome considering the team’s poor record in recent years with both in charge and given the fact that no expense was spared as Minaya went and brought in high priced acquisitions such as Johan Santana , Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran to name but few it’s easy to understand the reasons why COO Jeff Wilpon felt it was necessary that Alderson made the changes.
Alderson has also hired former Blue Jays’ GM J.P. Ricciardi as a consultant and de facto general manager chief aide but it appears that all final personnel decisions will be Alderson’s and his alone , as the Mets seek to resurrect their slumping fortunes. Joining Ricciardi also is another former GM Paul Di Podesta and by the looks of the front office of the Mets’ organization is so top heavy with bureaucracy that it’s hard to assimilate how this all will work out. There’s more baseball experience and talent to be had in the front office than there now is on the entire Mets’ playing roster . And we thought that the Congress , Senate , US Cabinet and governmental agencies were top heavy with bureaucracy and ‘dead weight’ ? But I guess that’s the way things seems work within MLB (baseball) !
Now while I’ve no doubt Sandy Alderson has a venerable knowledge of the game having built a solid resume’ of success over the course of his career I can’t help but wonder the difficulties he will have trying to change the identity and lack of competitive nature of the New York Mets. This team being a team that is amongst the most storied and highest paid in all of baseball. But at the same time the lack of success has impaired its ability to compete . Never mind the fact that over the last two decades they’ve essentially had to look and admire from afar the overwhelming success of their crosstown neighbors the New York Yankees . That asides , Alderson has his work cut out for him in more ways than one . First, he’ll have to assess the deficiencies on this team of which there are many indeed and then Alderson along with Ricciardi , manager , Terry Collins and the coaching staff will have to assess where the necessary changes will have to be made.
One of the most glaring deficiencies for the Mets last season was the lack of run support for the pitching staff and that beyond starter Johan Santana the team’s pitching was woefully inept . And with the off the field problems of closer Francisco Rodriguez who’s being paid a king’s ransom merely to shut down opponents. The Mets’ team payroll for 2010 ranked fifth ($132,701,445 ) amongst the 30 MLB teams . And it goes without saying that the meager dividends returned for such a vast outlay was inferior to say the very least. This team may well be needed to be stripped down to its bare bones or they can continue as is but the belief is that Alderson will look to jettison some of the bloated salaries of the unproductive players on the roster and build around David Wright , Jose Reyes , Daniel Murphy , Angel Pagan and sincerely hope that their farm system can come through with something of value. Injuries plagued the team through much of the season . And with the loss of several front line players at decisive moments in the season it was clear that the New York Mets were never going to be in with a chance of chasing down and catching the Philadelphia Phillies the eventual winners of the NL East .
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Finishing with an (80-82 ) mark third within the division behind the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies it has to be said that 2010 was a resounding failure for those fans in attendance at Citi-Field in Flushing , New York, home to the to the Mets, who turned in support of the team. Built at a cost of three quarters of a billion dollars ($750,000,000) this edifice was rarely filled to capacity. And it was easy to see why in spite of the economic turndown across the sporting landscape and country as a whole. Being lauded as a boost to the New York city economy along with that of the new Yankees Stadium another financial behemoth (costing approx. $ 1.65 billion ) New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was quick to heap praise on both the Steinbrenners and Wilpons for such an undertaking in getting both venues built. But less we forget also Bloomberg made sure that both parties were given advantageous tax breaks while the city itself in part took on a large part of the vast financial burden in getting both structures built through the issuing of municipal bonds. At the same time the city of New York has a multi-billion dollar deficit an ever decreasing tax base and is now having to cut vital services , furloughing staff , if not cutting its payroll it and in a number of cases seeking early retirement amongst its employees. If that’s not indicative of what’s wrong with major professional sports where municipalities will foolhardy undertake the underwriting of a sporting venue wherein large part a great many of the residents within that city can ill afford to attend the sporting events at those very venues.
This season the New York Mets will have a great deal riding on it and the fans will no doubt expect the team to contend not just within the division but also for a postseason berth in the playoffs and if nothing else at least a chance of the World Series itself. The last task may well be the most difficult of all given the fact that on paper this team in its current guise might not be viewed as a serious contender. Alderson for his part may well decide upon the fact that a number of players on the roster are superfluous to the team’s needs and he may well seek to trade them or quite possibly buyout their contracts where its financially feasible. At the same time there’ll be trades to be made where he may well seek players that he believes can play an integral part in the team’s success as he seeks to turn things around.
From my own perspective I view the game of baseball about the haves and have nots , those who have it can afford to make one or two mistakes along the way. Those who don’t merely sit by the wayside and watch as those who do reap all of the glory. That in reality is how the game is now being borne out right in front of our very eyes . As to the future of the New York Mets and their immediate it remains to be seen whether or not Alderson and his staff can turn things around for the Mets. At this juncture it’s anyone’s bet as what’s liable to happen because much of that will be predicated on the events that will unfold and the moves made by the front office and the performances of the players this upcoming season.
What thoughts if any do you have on the Mets and how do you see their season ultimately progressing ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on this topic and the baseball season ahead as you see it . Thanks as always for the continued support !
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(1) New York ,.New York Mets new manager Terry Collins poses for photographs in the dugout after a press conference at Citi Field on November 23, 2010 in New York, New York. Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images ….
(2) New York Mets new manager Terry Collins and wife Deborah pose for photographs in the dugout after a press conference at Citi Field on November 23, 2010 in New York, New York. Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images ………
(3) From left to right Fred Wilpon , General Manager Sandy Alderson , New York Mets new manager Terry Collins , Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz pose for pictures during a press conference at Citi Field on November 23, 2010 in New York, New York. Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images ……
(4) Johan Santana (57) of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 18, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Getty Images/ Ezra Shaw ………
(5) New York Mets rim manager Jerry Manuel, left, and general manager Omar Minaya talk during a news conference before the Mets’ baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, in Anaheim, Calif, Tuesday, June 17, 2008. Both Manuel and Minaya were relieved of their positions within Mets’ organization at the end of the 2010 season . Manuel was replaced by Terry Collins and Minaya by Sandy Alderson . AP Photo/ Mark bridges ………………..
(6) In the foreground seen here are Sandy Alderson (left), and his chief aides Paul De Posesta )center) and (far right) J . P. Ricciardi in attendance baseball’s Winter Meetings of the game’s team owners, executives and MLB hierarchy in Orlando , Florida this winter. Associated Press / Matthias Thurmann ……..
(7) Jose Reyes (7) and David Wright (5) of the New York Mets celebrate after scoring in the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds on July 6, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Getty Images/ Jim McIsaac …….
 Luis Castillo (1) and Jose Reyes (7) of the New York Mets are congratulated by teammate David Wright (5) after scoring in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 8, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Getty Images /Jim McIsaac ………..
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