CAN THE METS AT LEAST RUN A PROFESSIONAL SPRING TRAINING CAMP ?

Loss in all the Beltran minutia is the fact that the Mets are going to need a centerfield for the first three months of the season, and the pickin’s are slim.

I don’t know how some folks have come to the conclusion that Angel Pagan is the centerfielder understudy for Carlos Beltan. What has Angel Pagan done in his career that allows this position to be handed to him this spring? I don’t dislike Pagan, I think he’s a good backup, his baseball I.Q. sucks but he is a good 4th OF’er. The big knock I have on him is he’s a journeyman with injury issues and quite frankly he has not earned a permanent spot in the starting 8.

When you look at the Mets today January 17, the only positions that should be givens are 3B, SS, LF, RF, Ace pitcher and closer. Everyother position should be open competition (throw Perpetual Pedro in the lock column as well)

To that issue, where is the manger of the Mets, the Gangsta’? I wrote a few weeks ago that I felt he should have been at the Jason Bay unveiling and now with Beltran out we haven’t heard from him again. Of all the imbeciles in the Mets organization, the one guy I want to hear from has clamed up. Maybe Jerry Manuel has to get permission from the head beer vendor, the ladies room matron in the Acela Club and then Jay Horowitz before he can speak about his team? If  I were Jerry Manuel and I know I’ll most likely be out of a job but Memorial Day, instead of being a Gansta’ I’d be going all Conan O’Brian on the Mets ass’

I need for Jerry Manuel to come out and say that if Angel Pagan thinks he’s the CF’er he is sorely mistaken. I need for Jerry Manuel to say that the 2nd base job is wide open and the amount of money you make does not influence who plays. I’d make it know to every right handed hitter coming into camp that you would be doing yourself a favor by brining a 1st baseman’ glove with you to spring training. I’d also let it be known that a team that has two collapses and season of indifferent play better be ready to come to work early and stay late. You don’t want to be the first guy clocking out of a spring workout.

But then again this would only happen to a team that is committed to winning. As it stands now I feel that Jerry Manuel is Art Howe with a sense of humor and all the Mets organization cares about is that you renew your Sunday ticket plan.

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  1. Krane, leave J-Man alone. He’s busy with the Want Ads.

  2. Jman can be found napping in the Mets dogout.

  3. Steve,

    Well stated my good friend.

    What “my” Shake Shackers need is leadership. Where is it? And if it can’t be trickled down by ownership then someone should be imported who has these “skills sets”.

    Don’t hold your breath, babe

  4. Everything you say is true, but none of it happens until Omar is gone. The entire culture needs to change to one of professionalism, not buffoonery.

  5. Does Buddy Ryan have any kids who know how to manage a Baseball team?

  6. kranepool says:

    Rich Omar is a non-factor in the Mets front office When John Ricco is running a conference call on the Beltran fiasco that shows that Omar is lamest of ducks.

  7. Our problems will be over when they move Jeffy out of the Front Office and into the Owner’s Box. Intil then, bail, bail, bail. The boat be sinking. A year or two of bad Box Office receipts will bring about the needed changes. Just watch ‘em on TV next season.

  8. Steve, I agree he is a non factor, so why the hell is he there? What good comes of it? Having a lame duck perpetuates this silliness. The fact that he is a non factor is now a story in and of itself (Times article yesterday). Just clear him out, and with that move maybe some of the bad taste of Castillo, Perez, etc., and maybe we can focus on baseball.

  9. Hard to run a “professional” spring training and an old folks home at the same time? But we should all get ready for the stream of Port St. Lonesome jokes…because there is nothing to do there. You would think that that would be a better place to focus on getting ready for the season, but when all you are doing is preventing one of the players from breaking into the Geritol stash, what can you expect?

    Wish Backman or Valentine were the manager already…

  10. The only reason Omar is still around is the money he’s owed, Jeffey Farquad would rather Omar sit in his office and so the Jumble in Daily News than let him sit in a hammock under a palm tree in the DR and collect a check same with the manager

  11. Steve, you’re right, and all I can say is UGH!

    Anyway, thought of you as I was reading today’s Times. There’s an article about Cubs Fan Fest this past weekend. Get this, every Cub who lives in the US was there, as well as Piniella, Hendry, and the Ricketts family. Hmm…..interesting idea…well, I guess there aren’t any hotels in NYC, so that’s why we don’t have one. I was in Chicago for business in mid January of 07, and the fan fest was at the hotel where we were. Thousands upon thousands of Cubs fans, in full gear, all over the hotel and surrounding area. But all we get is harrassing phone calls about ticket renewals. The Mets did a caravan a few years back, and one place they stopped was GCT. I was working on Park Avenue at the time and walked two blocks to be a part of it. Why would they discontinue that? Because they’re the Mets!

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