Whatever The Mets Are Selling, Is Anyone Buying?

 

More roster moves were made today by the NY Mets and they were met with a lot of head shaking by Mets fans.  Seems the consensus is, Mets fans would rather see Wilmer Flores play shortstop over Ruben Tejada , hell, Mets fans would welcome anyone but Ruben Tejada playing at the shortstop spot.

As far as the fifth starter spot goes, the Mets made the mistake of televising Jenry Mejia’ start against the Nationals. Mets fans who don’t fancy basketball or Law and Order SVU marathons, watched Mejia hold a Nats lineup that looks as close to their everyday lineup as you can get in March, in check for 5 innings. But instead of happiness the Mets fans were told that Mejia could still pitch for Wally Backman and Frank Viola in Las Vegas while Daisuke Matsuzaka is the leading candidate to grab the 5th starter.

We then find out that Ike Davis was pulled from a split squad game due to “fatigue”. Seems with all the inaction that has involved Davis this spring, playing baseball for four straight days has Ike on the verge of exhaustion.

This is what you get when your payroll is in the bottom third of MLB. You get shortstops without range or the ability to hit, you get washed up vets who pitch over youngsters with promise so you can slow their arbitration clocks and you get four first basemen and the one who looks the most as a big league player (Eric Campbell) can’t even get on your forty man roster.

Again the Mets play in the capital of the universe, in a state of the art ballpark and OWN a big share of a TV Network (the unwatchabilty of SNY is a post for a rainy day) and STILL this team is in the bottom third of payroll with no sense of urgency of breaking out the lower tier.

Sure the team spent money this offseason on Curtis Granderson and Chris Young, who by the way Ron Darling could not heap enough praise on during yesterday’s telecast, and Bartolo Colon.  But why did the club stop there.

Why didn’t Sandy Alderson work a deal for a big league shortstop? Is the party line of not trading the young pitchers because of the talent of the pitchers or is it that their salaries are controllable and a bona fided big league shortstop makes a lot of money? Why isn’t there a veteran backup catcher to help out Travis d’Arnaud ?

For any fans of the other NY sports teams it’s hard to digest the Mets tight purse strings. Yes I know the other three major sports teams in this town all work under a salary cap. The NHL and NFL have a hard cap whereas the NBA has a cap but you go over you pay a penalty.  James Dolan and Mikhail Prokhorov have no problem going over the cap and paying the penalties, sure one team is competitive  and the other struggling but even Dolan who is seen by many as the worst owner in town (far from it, the Wilpon’s still hold that belt) went out and signed the best basketball person available in Phil Jackson to fix his beleaguered NY Knicks.

For all the guff that Glen Sather gets he has still put together a Stanley Cup competitive team every year and Dolan has given him the monetary resources to make player moves to help the team (no one gives a rat’s ass about the Islanders and Devils sorry fans of those teams but even you know the New York Rangers own this city hockey wise).

The NY Giants lost their first six games last season, the ownership of John Mara and Steve Tisch didn’t panic they waited out the storm. The G-Men went 7-3 in their last 10 games. A solid recovery but not to where the owners were happy. So what did Mara/Tisch do? Cleaned house on the offensive coaching staff that had grown stagnant rebuilt the secondary via free agency and brought in kick returners to bolster poor special teams. That’s what owners who are winners and are committed to winning do. That’s why there is a waiting list for Giants season tickets. You won’t see Giants tickets on Groupon.

As for the Jets see the hockey paragraph above.

With all the holes at shortstop, first base and behind the plate the biggest hole we have is Mets ownership. Nothing will change until they’re gone.

 

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  1. You’re right. SportsNet New York is a 4th rate sports tv operation. Looks like the majority owners the Wilpons won’t put any money into it (insiders tell me the only unionized part – Citi Field telecasts – are understaffed, as are non union studio operations.) Great High Web Poohbah Cerrone even tweeted Sunday that NBC Sports Group which runs SNY HR is putting on the squeeze. Guess Madoff as per Fredo never affected Sterling Mets operations ….

  2. Mikey boy324 says:

    We can all thank bud selig if it wasn’t for him the mets would have defaulted due to their inability to pay their basic employees. In comes uncle bud to the rescue gives them a bridge loan and the rest is history. Thank you Bud Selig for continuing the torment, whatever game uncle bud decides to come to citi field for as part of his farewell tour he needs to be booed outta the building…

  3. SNY hires the worst anchors. Carlin only decent one. Love Ojeda, but they clearly cuff him, you can see it in his face. Covino & Rich might be the worst show on sports television. But certainly no surprise they run network like they run the team.

  4. What, no love for Eamon McEnaney? Jeane Coakley botching game highlights on SportsNite regularly not your cup of tea? Lol.

    Truth be told, I have a mixed opinion of the network. Game broadcasts are the best part. GKR are good with the analyzing of games and the occasional irreverence and I’ll miss KB when he goes to FOX permanently after this season. The mass debate (don’t say those words too fast) shows I can take or leave, depending on my mood and tolerance for the topics and panelists. It is NYC and we all have opinions. But we need more Mets Classics, less Beer Money, definitely less C&R, and more in-depth reporting on SportsNite wouldn’t hurt either. Also, I’d like a new host for Mets Insider. Does this Kaitlin chick even know what a baseball is? Wouldn’t know it by reading her Twitter feed.

    What I’m not buying are tickets to games and I haven’t for nearly four years. Gotta win at least 82 in a season to bring me out these days, especially with the money they charge.

  5. APV, I like Loudmouths, DNL, eh…Beer Money is inane. More in-depth reports would be nice, but apparently hiring staff to do actual reporting is not really what SNY does. I realize that the games are what SNY does, and nobody does it better, no one. Except Vin Scully, but I digress. I am in total agreement on more “Mets’ Classics”. I am so sick of the same games over and over again. As much as I get the chills for the Piazza home run, can we find some other games? Of course, those would probably cost money, and we know where that idea goes…I mean, just once, wouldn’t you love to see the Mets-Giants Steve Henderson HR game from ’79? How about Bobby Jones’ playoff one hitter? Something different.

  6. Mikey boy324 says:

    SNY should do player bios I think it would help connect the players better with the fans.Also besides more mets classics which I agree they should also do like what the nfl does with their football life show and do them on players from 1962-2000 so young fans from the new generations can learn and appreciate the past generations of mets teams..

  7. The programming on SNY has been an embarrassment for years but hit a new low with Covino and Rich. Ten minutes once and I was done, and I felt like I needed a shower. At first I thought I had put on VH1 Classic by mistake and was watching Wayne and Garth, but then I noticed the production values were lower.

  8. andrew benson says:

    I’m sick of all the mets Bologna propaganda. Sick of the “cheapies” who own the team.

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