10 Reasons Omar Minaya is Crazy
So the stage has been set for Jerry Manuel to right the ship and guide the Mets to the postseason. He’ll do it, too, because as Omar Minaya stated in today’s press conference,
“Jerry Manuel was the best manager for this job, at this time”
And apparently, Manuel has the managerial skill to make the Mets a better than .600 team, because that’s what it will take to make it to the playoffs. I could be wrong, but I’m guesstimating it will take at least 90 wins to earn a Wild Card berth. And to do that, the Mets will have to go 56-36 the rest of the way. Yes, a team that has played under .500 ball over their last 160 or so games, will suddenly turn into one that can play 20 GAMES OVER .500.
Minaya had these parting words for the last person in Manuel’s role:
“I love Willie Randolph, he’s my friend I hope he finds another job as a manager,” Minaya said, “But this ain’t about loveâ€¦The reality is, we’re not playing to the level of the talent that we have.”
Translation: Omar Minaya still believes that …
1. Carlos Delgado is 29 years old
2. El Duque is on the roster
3. Moises Alou is not on the DL
4. Pedro Martinez never had a torn rotator cuff
5. Brian Schneider is the “next Johnny Bench” he remembers from the Montreal Expos days
6. Duaner Sanchez never took a cab for Dominican food while in Miami
7. Luis Castillo has healthy knees
8. Carlos Beltran is a mega superstar
9. David Wright is even better than Beltran
10. Oliver Perez can be consistent
Keep repeating the above, over and over, and maybe you’ll believe it too.
Unfortunately for Omar, he can’t turn back the clock on Delgado, Duque, Pedro, Schneider, Castillo, and Duaner — what’s done is done. Further, he can’t install Steve Austin-like bionics into Moises Alou. Beltran might play like a superstar during hot stretches, but at the end of the day he’s a very good overall player with streaky power but who hasn’t hit over .278 in five years. Wright is also a very good player, and could be a superstar some day — but that time is not now. Perez is an eternal enigma; my guess is he’d flourish under the right pitching coach, but no one’s sure if that pitching coach exists on planet Earth.
While Minaya sweats out his “cover my butt”, short-term explanation that Randolph was a roadblock, the rest of us can see clearly that the 25-man roster was built on many assumptions and a lot of finger-crossing. If I’m Omar, I spend half my time updating my resume and the other half praying for a minor miracle.