Still sifting through the fall out of the Beltran situation. I’m trying to figure out the who, what and where of this recent shit storm to hit the Mets:

Carlos Beltran

Beltran will turn 33 years old by the second week of the 2010 season and he has what looks like chronic osteoarthritis in his right knee. Hopefully the arthroscopic surgery performed on him will alleviate the pain and clean out loose cartilage that was floating around his knee. The post op outlook is Beltran will be out 12 weeks and then resume baseball activity. So earliest we will see Beltran in a Mets uniform is May.  There is no replacement for Beltran as 25-30 HR 100+ RBI and his coverage in CF can not be replaced. As it stands now, Angel Pagan will be the CF’er unless the Mets go out and sign Rick Ankiel or hope the Highlanders re-sign Johnny Damon and release Brett Gardner. In other words the Mets are fucked.

Mets Medical Staff

More embarrassment for this group. Obviously, Beltran has no faith in them as he went to his own doctor to have the surgery done. Now the team is circling the wagons by releasing a statement that Dr Altcheck, the Mets team doctor was consulted by Dr. Steadman, Beltran’ surgeon of choice, to show they are all on the same page, which is of course bullshit. The medical staff of the Mets should have been addressed after last season but the club decided to bring back the whole staff. Mets players show what they think of that decision by going outside the organization for medical treatment. What an endorsement.

Mets Front Office

Who is in charge? It’s not Omar that’s for sure. I will bet a dollar that David Howard is the voice behind the conference call today to wipe the egg off the teams face after this miscommunication. One thing we do know is,the organization had its pants pulled down on them in public again and it again calls for Freddy Skill Sets to step up and take is incompetent son out of the baseball loop. Put aside the on field problem with no Beltran, this episode again makes the Mets look like amateurs. Just when the fan base was feeling a tad optimistic with the signing of Jason Bay and the self control the front office has displayed with the overrated talent on the free agent front, this just wipes away any goodwill. It’s SOM Same Old Mets.

Hey don’t worry, Bengi Molina is on the way YAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will have much more on the Beltran saga and other Mets news tonight on Pro Baseball Central at 9PM ET on Blogtalk Radio. My guest will be Joe Fiorello of Disgruntled Mets fan and a fellow member of the BBA. You can join in the conversation as well by calling in at (646) 595-4462.

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  1. 2012. That’s when the Mets’ll be back. By then the F.O. will be cleaned out and a Baseball person’ll be in charge and the “Core” will have been traded off to make room for our younger (anyone who isn’t traded for a Geezer) players’ll come up and there’s salary cap room. Remember Mets fans- every ticket you buy perpetyates the situation.

  2. Dan Gurney says:

    Letting Beltran play meaningless games in September probably aggravated his injury. It made no sense at the time yet the Wilpons went ahead and allowed it to happen. Even if the Mets doctors had been in the loop for this entire thing, it would still be bad news having your CF/3rd place hitter get a knee operation in mid-January.

  3. No one who is a real Mets’ fan is surprised by any of this.

  4. kranepool says:

    how true pfh64 most of the puzzlement is coming from non-Mets fans

  5. Mr. Knish says:

    He may have good numbers when he is not hurt which is sadly rare, but let’s be honest true mets fan know he just doesn’t bleed blue and orange. It’s sad. We struck out looking with this bum.

  6. Is there any way this can get Omar fired? Just looking for a silver lining…

  7. From Metsblog, Beltran’s response:

    “I am totally surprised by the reaction to my recent knee surgery. Any accusations that I ignored or defied the team’s wishes are simply false. I also spoke to Omar Minaya about the surgery on Tuesday. He did not ask me to wait, or to get another doctor’s opinion. He just wished me well. No one from team raised any issue until Wednesday, after I was already in surgery. I do not know what else I could have done. The most important thing here is that the surgery was a total success and I expect to be back on the field playing the game I love sooner rather than later.”

    Did Omar drop the ball here? PLEASE tell me this can get him fired! I will be lighting candles in church this weekend.

  8. Rich, there are not enough candles in the world.

    Krane, the only surprise for Mets’ fans is that this does not happen more often.

  9. It looks like Omar has been busted down to just being Jeffey’s go-fer. He’s more a beard than GM Jeffey Skill Sets is runing the show and he’s running it right into the ground

  10. careful pfh64 I’m waitng for Santana to request a trade any day now

  11. Krane, you mean he hasn’t already?

  12. Omar is merely a puppet on a string:

    Jeffy’s running The Baseball Side with Dave Howard?

    Moe Howard would do better;


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