Brand Manager of the Year: Omar Minaya

omar_minaya.jpgCongratulations to Mets BM Omar Minaya, who is a favorite to win Fortune Magazine’s coveted “Brand Manager of the Year: Sports Industry”.

Some fitting quotes after game 162 from Minaya:

“… the bottom line is we have to continue to put a winning product on the field … ”

“… I believe we got four million fans …”

“… our ownership is totally committed — you saw the investment we made in Johan Santana — our ownership is committed to putting a winning product on the field”

“… our brand is good, our ratings are good, and we are going go out and to continue to give our fans the best product we can, every day.”

Bottom Line … Product …. Brand … Investment … Ratings … THIS is the language of an executive truly committed to profitability!

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Schmidtxc September 28, 2008 at 6:57 pm
    I’m all for the mets making a huge profit as long as they keep investing in the team. I think we’ll see the dividends of the new dominican academy pay off in the future, and they did up the major league payroll by a large amout to get johan. I just hope the money gets used wisely, no more alou’s or castillo’s.
  2. debmc September 28, 2008 at 7:51 pm
    And some still do not get it, Joe. They still believe that the Wilpon Goal is a World Championship. They want to believe because that’s THEIR goal. I feel sorry for them; I truly do. I want to believe, too, and who knows, maybe the Mets will win an accidental championship. Because that’s the only kind there will be with this owner, and this GM. They are simply NOT built to win a championship; it’s barely in their agenda. They are, however, built to SELL the idea that they want to win a championship, and put just enough out there to lead loyal fans to believe it’s plausible that THAT is indeed their goal.

    But it ain’t, and I refuse to understand how anyone could not get that by this point.

  3. themetsblog September 28, 2008 at 8:16 pm
    You wanna know how committed this organization is to its fans and its history?

    A little birdie told me that the Wilpons were not at the dinner to honor former Mets players on Saturday night. Omar was there briefly.

    The Mets didn’t plan to do an on-field ceremony like they did today (and the only part that wasn’t lame was the actual players) until they saw what the Yankees did. They scrambled and got some photos made into cardboard signs. Fantastic.

    And while the Marlins came out of the clubhouse to take dirt from the batter’s box in their undershirts and baseball pants, despite 50,000 booing fans… only one Mets player braved the hostile crowd to show his appreciation of the history involved in today’s events. That player got a standing ovation.

    Who was that player?

    Take a wild guess.

    It was Danny Murphy.

    I guess the rest of the clowns were taking off their makeup.

  4. debmc September 28, 2008 at 8:30 pm
    Or putting on another face; the tears of a clown.

    If all of the above is true, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is, things are even worse than some of us imagined.

    I shudder to think what type of franchise the Mets might turn into.

  5. joe September 28, 2008 at 9:00 pm
    Turn into, or have become?
  6. julie September 29, 2008 at 6:38 am
    debmc, I truly believe everything you’ve said. The proof is on the field. As far as I’m concerned Omar, Tony and Jerry had.have to go.
  7. debmc September 29, 2008 at 8:31 am
    Julie, I really wish I didn’t believe it, let alone anyone else believing it. But I’m afraid, as you said, it is undeniable, and that the proof is, indeed, on the field. The trickle down effect in full bloom. Ownership/management doesn’t care if we win, so why should we?

    And where is the fan left? Stuck in the middle…with them. Ugh.