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From watching Sandy Alderson with Kevin Burkhardt  on Mets Hot Stove, I come to the conclusion that when he took the job last year and looked over the landscape of the organization , he couldn’t believe the mess it was in. One of the things he spoke about last year that had me singing his praise was putting together a uniform system of teaching the Mets farm hands the right way to play baseball. One of the glaring weaknesses we saw last year from the major league team was the lack of understanding baseball fundamentals and baseball instinct.   Alderson realized that the way the Mets were conducting player development was so deficient that a major changes had to be made.

Fast forward to this off season.  Alderson has just finished his first season as the Mets baseball boss and what he saw up close and personal is what shapes his thinking for this off season. He saw a team that when hit by injury was deficient in depth at the Triple A level, sure some of the call ups played above and beyond and the team for the majority of the season was known as hard working and never giving up, a testament to the manager (who lit into his team when they slacked off, again something we haven’t seen here in years), but Alderson saw that there is no New York quick fix here, this rebuilding of the Mets will take some time.

Yes, this is a rebuild, from the way the organization is viewed by outsiders (if Alderson could just get the Skill Sets to go underground for say the next 10 years that would be major plus in rebuilding the brand)and the way it’s looked at by other players and front office types throughout baseball.  The later has improved a lot under Alderson, the former, well, that will take more time.

When Burkhardt asked about signing Reyes, and the fact that the majority of Mets fans are clamoring for him to be resign by any means necessary, Alderson explained how this is not going to happen, a six year deal for Reyes would be a disaster for the organization. I loved Burkhardt’s  follow up question where he brought up that Alderson mentioned that the release of Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo had to do somewhat with fan sentiment, Alderson explained, while the voice of the people played a bit of a part, it was more the poor performance of both players that led to them becoming ex-Mets.

Now Reyes not returning will not be due to poor performance by him but by poor performance of the team and the fact that the Mets are at least two seasons away from being a pennant winning factor.  You don’t need someone to tell you that Mets fans, in your heart of hearts you know it. So to give Reyes a long term deal and tie up money that will be better spent on getting the part or parts needed to put the club over the top in 2013 or 2014 is a better investment. I agree 100 %.

There are still some of us among the Mets faithful that want to spend and spend and spend. First, it’s hard to spend what you don’t have.  The ownership is doesn’t have the money to throw around as in years past and that may be the best piece of news this off season. I guess once the Mets season ends some of you stop watching baseball because if you did you’d realize that you can win with a $90-$100 mil payroll, you just have to know how to spend your money wisely. Alderson does and he will but it won’t happen overnight. Just stay patience and let him and his staff do its work, the man’s track record shows this could work in positive way.

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  1. Krane, I have stated here many times, that I have been a big fan of Jose Reyes. However as time as gone on, I realized that he was never going to get any better as a ball player. Not that the final day of the season change my thought on it, but it was a kind of an insight to his mindset. Bye, Jose. You were the best…he was the best shortstop in the history of the team, but he was never a team player. Rarely made it through a season. Never got better as a baseball player, funny, he managed to lay down a damned good bunt to get a hit in his last at bat as a Met. Only time in ten years, he seemed to be able to do it, because it mattered to HIM. I bet I have spent more time in my life learning how to bunt than he did, and he could crawl faster than I could run. Ever. He has become clearly more interested in his music career than baseball, and I say great, just do that for the Marlins, please.

    As for the two right handed enigma’s, all of the excuses are gone. The team has now done everything it could to stop you guys from whining. They lowered the fences, brought them in. Face of the team or not (albeit for how much longer, and I can’t believe I am saying that) the excuses are GONE…personally, I do not give a crap how many HRs you and the overpayed LF hit. To me it is all about RBI. Getting hits with tow outs and runner in scoring position. Do that and I will shut up. I promise, if you and the LF, knock in a 100, no one will miss the old shortstop. And if you guys are knocking in 100…the big giant 1B that will bat between you guys will also get 100…and I promise, you will have crowded buildings to play in.

    Now as for the money that they will not be giving the SS, go sign Joe Nathan (fits what they want) & Mark Buerhle. If that happens then this will be a very successful off-season. And it will lead to a pretty damned good 50th anniversary season. Going back, (apparently for the most part) at least for 2012 to real Mets’ uniforms, is also not a bad start.

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