I had a thought this morning while I was reading two interesting sports stories the fish wraps , which organization was in worse shape, the NY Mets or the NY Jets? In my estimation, it’s the Jets.

I put the question out there in Twitter-land and no one in my time line agreed with me, in fact I got a lot of “The Islanders are worst of all” which may be true (see DiPietro, Rick franchise wrecking contract) but with the stories today that the Jets players feel that QB Mark Sanchez is a lazy piece of shit and has a sense of entitlement and the Wilpon’s look to be getting a cash infusion of $100mil with the sale of minority shares in the club, it made we wonder which team is worse shape?

The responses I received all dealt with money, Woody Johnson’s got it and Fred Wilpon doesn’t, I can’t argue with that.  While the Jets are definitely the more monetarily rich team the Mets are wealthier organizationally.

As much as Mets fans focus (obsess?) over the financial failures of the Skill Sets, the situation would be much worse if the Mets had a Mike Tannenbaum/Rex Ryan first line of management than the stronger Sandy Alderson/Terry Collins front line.

How Mike Tannenbaum escapes the Jets fans wrath is beyond me. Tannenbaum’ highlight in his resume is that he is a capologist , which means he’s an expert on the NFL salary cap as a GM in charge of putting a team together he’s not a good mixoligist, and please spare me the two AFC Championship games the Jets have gone to, let’s look at the big picture, after this season as a Jets fan can you truly feel your team is headed in the right direction? I didn’t think so.

We Mets fans know this sale of minority shares is just a blip on the Skill Set financial failure radar. If anything, it buys them some time to pay off some loans that are due or past due such as the loan from MLB with a little leftover capital to bring in a pitcher or two. If you are going to have a payroll that keeps dropping like the temperature on a February night, you would want to have a guy running your team that not only has the experience with this kind of situation but has been successful at it like Sandy Alderson.

See the Jets were the team with the high expectations and the head coach who spends more time bloviating than getting a handle on the pulse of his locker room. Terry Collins learned from his past failures as a field boss and last season did as good a job with a team that was hit by injury and without strong reinforcement from the minor league system than anyone could have hoped for. Ryan could take a lesson from Collins on how to reign in a clubhouse.  Ryan has always been looked at as the ultimate players coach but what he truly is, is a coach who doesn’t know how to instill discipline or to be the adult in the room.

Woody Johnson seems to be suffering from the same malaise that the Skill Sets suffered from during the Madoff halcyon days when the cash flowed like water; he and his Jets brain trust have no clue on how to spend it. Just as the Mets were awful at building their organization the right way, through player development, the Jets operate the same way, when you bring in guys like Santonio Holmes for big money that you can’t get rid of and Plaxico Burress another bad attitude and team wrecker as we Giants fans saw  when he refused to work with Eli Manning during the off season at OTA’s and is not a franchise receiver, you find yourself in a deep hole just like the Mets used be in when they would reward players with big money for long terms for performances they achieved with other teams.

That’s why the Skill Sets not having money to spend may turn out to be a blessing for the Mets organization as the philosophy of the team has gone back to what had made the Mets good in the 60’s and 80’s, player development. I know many Mets fans don’t have the patience for a rebuilding program but quite frankly it’s been overdue.


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  1. Mikey boy324 says:

    Krane, I am very happy and excited about the future talent coming up as it has been long overdue. However my biggest concern is when these guys come up and just say best case they all live up too expectations no matter what there going to have too fill holes through free agency. I’m not talking about signing scrubs either a la this season. That is why I strongly feel that the best thing for met fans is hoping that the wilpons do not get enought minority investors and are forced to sell the team…

  2. Mikey, by the time your scenario comes to fruition, they would either have sold the team or things will have straightened out. It will be a two to three year process before these guys are close to ready. I am not a home run guy, but if nothing else the psychology of the fences being moved in could give the Mets four guys that hit 20+ this year (I know Bay is a stretch), but you have to figure Wright, Duda & Davis for 20 each right? Even without Reyes, this might be a decent offensive team. It would be better if Murphy plays 150 games, because he WILL hit, but that is probably asking too much to have Bay & Murphy be productive full time.

    This team will have one pitcher. R.A. The rest of the staff is a bunch well ifs and he coulds.

    All that being said:

    Sell Fred, sell.

  3. Mikey boy324 says:

    I agree I just hope for the sake of the fans and organization that if the wilpons due end up keeping the team they straighten everything out and start running the team as it should be run and stop running it like we are the royals or pirates…

  4. And by the way, I don’t want it run like the Bronx or Boston either….it’s nice to able to spend that money, but that is not baseball. That’s just being able to buy your way out of mistakes. That just makes you wealthy, not a good baseball organization, despite what the Bronx shills on radio & in newsprint say.

  5. mikey boy324 says:

    Without a doubt I don’t wanna try to buy a championship but you do need to fill needs through free agency..My gut feeling is telling me that uncle bud is going to do everything in his power to help his buddy freddy keep the team.. This season is all about the young guys coming up in the summer and the following year as well but after that freddy has too run this team as it should be and if he doesn’t I don’t care how close him and Bud is, he has to force them too sell the team…

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