This Quote Says It All

From Ken Rosenthal’s column, in reference to free agent Mark DeRosa’s potential landing spots:

Lesser teams such as the Mets and Nationals also are interested in DeRosa, according to major-league sources. But, like so many free agents, his first choice is to play for a contender.”

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  1. isuzudude December 6, 2009 at 7:27 pm
    Well, according to some, the Mets are a heartbeat away from acquiring Roy Halladay, signing Jason Marquis at a ‘hometown discount,’ and re-signing Delgado and Putz, who are guarentees to bounce back well from injury. With those moves, plus the all-but-complete signing of Bengie Molina, the Mets are assured to be a 100+ win team in 2010. So this Rosenthal guy has no clue what he’s talking about. I’m 1,000,000% confident DeRosa would pick the Mets to sign with over anybody in baseball, and agree to becoming a ‘supersub’ off the bench…..HAHAHA! Yeah, I couldn’t keep a straight face any longer.

    Not only do the Mets have the wrong people in charge of running the team right now, with no chance of being competent enough to make any well-informed and responsible decision, but even if they did, it would still be an extremely rigorous, nearly impossible uphill climb to fix EVERYTHING that is wrong with this team in one offseason. Rosenthal speaks the truth and the truth hurts.

  2. murph December 7, 2009 at 3:09 am
    The Mets are what they are.
    Until they prove otherwise, Rosenthal’s assessment is accurate.
  3. Mike December 7, 2009 at 11:19 am
    Rosenthal strikes me as the type to write that even after the 2006 season. My point is some people have the perception that no matter who is running certain teams they will always be a “lesser team”. As a fan of two organizations (Mets, Jets) that carry this stigma around it is frustrating to see reporters inserting biased commentary into their supposedly objective reporting. These kinds of things help feed beliefs in curses and futility into a fan base that only make it tougher for the team to truly fix the problem. When a fan base believes that their team is run by idiots or that their team is cursed then the organization not only is forced to deal with running a team, but they are faced with fighting against perception; this leads to bad decisions for the sake of improving public image. In the end the Mets have to try and improve their image at the same time as running a successful organization, and many times taking the hit for a short time is the right thing to do, but it’s harder to do that when the entire fan base thinks everything you do is wrong. So the team goes out and gets a big free agent to improve its image, when perhaps it just needed to wait another year for a better value or minor leaguer to develop.

    That said he does happen to be right about the Mets, they are a lesser organization because those who are running it are incompetent. I just wish reporting was more objective overall.