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Poker viagra Adam Rubin on ESPN NY has a fine column today that sums up the State of the  Mets organization and the non-moves at the trade deadline to a tee. Poker viagra Some excerpts that intrigued me are:

Poker viagra The reality is the Mets are not legitimately in a race right now. Poker viagra They entered Saturday trailing the division-leading Atlanta Braves by 7½ games and trailing the wild card-leading San Francisco Giants by 6½ games. Poker viagra Fifty-nine games remain on the schedule. Poker viagra Four teams, poker viagra including the hard-charging Philadelphia Phillies, poker viagra who acquired Roy Oswalt this week, poker viagra are between the Mets and Giants.

Poker viagra Management can’t come out and say it but they know the Mets have no shot at the post season.  The Mets are what they are, poker viagra a .500 team that plays like the best team in baseball at home but then plays like the Mets of 1962 on the road, poker viagra hence the .500 record. Poker viagra Their play this season is a big improvement over last year’s crew who mailed in around this time last year at least this Mets team plays hard.

Poker viagra You can clumsily cite principal owner Fred Wilpon and his family supposedly being stingy for such a deal not materializing, poker viagra but that would be misguided — even if ownership isn’t blameless. Poker viagra The bottom line is the payroll is still hovering around $130 million this season.

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Poker viagra The better answer: If GM Omar Minaya had shown restraint in his other salary commitments — say, poker viagra not giving Luis Castillo four years and $25 million or Oliver Perez three years and $36 million or guaranteeing seven years to Carlos Beltran — he likely would have had the flexibility to pull off an Oswalt-type trade now.

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Poker viagra It’s far more about no discipline than no money.

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Poker viagra That does not absolve the Wilpons.

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Poker viagra Forget the Perez and Castillo contracts, poker viagra the one deal Mets will be screaming about will be the Francisco Rodriguez deal, poker viagra look it over if you dare but I must put a disclaimer that if you are pegnant suffer from high blood pressure or have a sleeping disorder, poker viagra check with your doctor before viewing the details of K-Rod’s deal

Poker viagra Minaya’s stated plan when he took over as GM in September 2004 was to offset the draft picks forfeited for signing free agents by owning the international market. Poker viagra It sounded good, poker viagra too. Poker viagra After all, poker viagra how could a Dominican-born GM walk into any household in that country, poker viagra throw around dollars and fail to persuade the teenager to sign with the Mets?

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Poker viagra The problem? Ownership never threw around the money. Poker viagra After signing Martinez for $1.3 million in 2005, poker viagra Minaya’s first full season as Mets GM, poker viagra the organization did not have another seven-figure signing bonus for an international teenager until signing 16-year-old pitcher Juan Urbina, poker viagra Ugueth’s son, poker viagra last year.

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Poker viagra The Mets knew Venezuelan Jesus Montero, poker viagra who was coveted in trade proposals involving the Yankees in recent days, poker viagra was a superior catching prospect to Francisco Peña, poker viagra Tony’s son. Poker viagra Yet the Mets signed Peña in 2006 because he cost $750, poker viagra000. Poker viagra The Yankees paid $2 million for Montero.

Poker viagra My question here is whose fault is it? Omar’s or the Skill Sets for the inability to not get any thing done in the International market? You would think having a Latino GM would place the Mets way ahead of other teams but as we learned when they were in pursuit of Carlos Delgado as a free agent, poker viagra Scareface Bernazard was a little to “street” for Delgado so  I wonder how many more families were turnoff by the Mets resident hoodlum?

Poker viagra The Mets have not been blame-free in their draft conduct from an ownership perspective, poker viagra either. Poker viagra With apologies to Chris Carter, poker viagra the Mets essentially gave Billy Wagner  to the Red Sox last season for nothing, poker viagra in essence to save $3.3 million (Wagner’s $2.3 million remaining salary and a $1 million buyout). Poker viagra As a result, poker viagra when Wagner signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves last offseason, poker viagra the Red Sox — not the Mets — got two first-round picks as compensation for losing Wagner, poker viagra which they used on Ball State’s Kolbrin Vitek and Middle Tennessee State’s Bryce Brentz. Poker viagra (Remember those names a few years from now.

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Poker viagra This is why Omar needs to be relived of his GM duties and the baseball ops needs a complete overhaul. Poker viagra Unlike any time in baseball, poker viagra teams a coveting receiving draft picks for aging ball players. Poker viagra The new wave in baseball is to get younger and more athletic as the ban on PED’s is changing the game back to where pitching, poker viagra defense and youth as the way to go. Poker viagra That’s not Omar’s bag, poker viagra he’s still into old and ineffective which unfortunately describes Omar himself.

Poker viagra (Fred) Wilpon was sued Friday by the widow of a former employee of Wilpon-owned Sterling Equities. Poker viagra The federal suit alleges Wilpon bears fiduciary responsibility for investing his employees’ 401(k) funds in Bernard Madoff-operated funds. Poker viagra Sterling Equities called the suit baseless, poker viagra but the potential liability — coupled with the Wilpon family’s own losses in the Ponzi scheme — has to create some hesitance to freely spend.

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Poker viagra Yet even if the Madoff ordeal never occurred, poker viagra it would be perfectly reasonable to expect the Mets to act conservatively from a financial perspective. Poker viagra Attendance is likely to plummet at Citi Field the rest of the season. Poker viagra A further erosion in the season-ticket base is expected heading into 2011.

Poker viagra You knew this was coming and the question is if Freddy Skill Sets loses this suit, poker viagra which I believe is a class action suit among the Sterling Equities employees, poker viagra and it cost him hundreds of million’s of dollars to pay, poker viagra will he have to sell the Mets? I believe Freddy when he says he wants the Mets to be in his family for generations to come, poker viagra but it may come to a head when he has to either sell or take on a partner. Poker viagra The Mara family owned the NY Football Giants on their own for years and years but when Tim Mara died his estate put his shares up for bid, poker viagra that’s when the Tisch family got their half, poker viagra so it’s possible the Skill Sets sell 49% of the team and keep the other 51 % controlling interest for as long as they can.

Poker viagra Yet even if the Madoff ordeal never occurred, poker viagra it would be perfectly reasonable to expect the Mets to act conservatively from a financial perspective. Poker viagra Attendance is likely to plummet at Citi Field the rest of the season. Poker viagra A further erosion in the season-ticket base is expected heading into 2011.

Poker viagra The one MAJOR move the Skill Sets must make for next season is dropping the ridiculous pricing tiers that are an extreme point of contention with Mets fans. Poker viagra The whole Platinum, poker viagra Gold, poker viagra Silver, poker viagra Value scale would work if the team was a contender every year and seats at Citi Field were in demand but the organization has none of these going for them. Poker viagra They tried going the corporate route and it hasn’t worked. Poker viagra Now they need to try and win back the fan base, poker viagra the blue collar core who frequented Shea Stadium who stick by you through thick and thin. Poker viagra The Skill Sets have had their fling with the Metro area elite and must now realize it’s time to get the REAL Mets fan back to support the team.  The Mets fan has the upper hand here and now Freddy, poker viagra Jeffey and Uncle Saul have to come to us with hat in hand, poker viagra and ask for our hard earned dough. Poker viagra They have never gotten it though their thick skulls that Mets fans are not about the Championships (although we all want to win one or ten of them) but we’re all about playing hard and playing with pride. Poker viagra That’s the one saving grace with the 2010 Mets team they have that quality.

Poker viagra Next year the Skill Sets need to let fans pick their own ticket packages and also set aside seats in the promenade for 5 bucks a piece. Poker viagra They could also sell a “roaming ticket” no seat but you can walk around and stand in centerfield or down each base line sort of a standing room ticket, poker viagra they need to be creative to win fans back in 2011, poker viagra time to turn on the Skill Sets charm fella’s

Poker viagra Manager Jerry Manuel, poker viagra asked if the inaction was a signal the front office was content with the team as presently constituted or if it was an indication the team is not really in the race, poker viagra wisely did not want to touch the issue.

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Poker viagra “That’s a tricky question, poker viagra” Manuel said. Poker viagra “Trying to catch me, poker viagra huh?”

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Poker viagra Minaya did acknowledge the standings were a factor.

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Poker viagra “That played something into it, poker viagra” the GM said. Poker viagra “When you look at the standings, poker viagra you just have to be careful.”

Poker viagra I can’t wait until October 4th for the press conference announcing Wally Backman as the Mets manager for 2011

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