Who is the Angry Met?

By now you may have seen the “Workplace Confidential” story in New York Magazine titled “The Met Who Blames Everything On the Wilpons.”

Supposedly, the person who penned this piece is either a current or former employee of the Mets. Most believe it is most likely a former player — certainly, it sounds like a disgruntled one.

If it is a former Met player, who might it be? One of the oldtimers, such as Ed Kranepool or Art Shamsky? Might it be someone from the ’86 Mets, who was recently let go — like Howard Johnson? Could it possibly be someone still associated with the Mets, such as Keith Hernandez or Bobby Ojeda? Could it be a current player?

While most are assuming it is a player, there’s every possibility it’s a former front office executive, a scout, an employee from the ticket department, or a peanut vendor — there’s nothing in the article I can see that makes me think it absolutely must be a player — current or former. Heck, it could be Mr. Met himself.

What do you think? Is it a player or a peanut vendor? Current or former? Post your thoughts in the comments.

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. Ron Davis January 11, 2012 at 10:02 am
    if i have anything good or bad or middle of road thing to say i take ownership of it . I am not afraid to blast the Wilpons and put my name to it. I do not put stock in a blog or hate hearing unidentified sources if you have something to say have the guts to put you name to it
    Ron Davis
  2. Seth January 11, 2012 at 11:36 am
    I ran it through the Attributron 3000 and it is without a doubt Benny Agbayani.
    • Paul Festa January 11, 2012 at 11:55 am
      I love the “Attributron 3000.” I think journalists use an older version of that though…
  3. Mackey Sasser January 11, 2012 at 11:45 am
    I can not lie, it was I!
    • jim January 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm
      If it was you , Mackey, you would have missed when you tried to throw them under the bus.
  4. NormE January 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    Seth, you should have let the Attributron 3000* complete its mission. Instead Benny Agbayani, a little kick or shake would have told you it was the master behind Benny, Bobby V.

    *-kudos for the invention

  5. John D. January 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm
    I initially thought it was Pelfrey because he’s been with the Mets long enough to see how they operate and Fred ripped him in his misbegotten New Yorker interview, for which he may have wanted payback. Also, since he is due for free agency after this year and is represented by Scott Boras, this is probably his last year with the team, so he has very little to lose in that respect. Also, he seems intelligent enough to put that many sentences together.

    However, a friend and fellow Mets fanatic suggested that it was Randy Niemann, the long-time coach who recently left to join Bobby V in Boston. I think he is probably right because Niemann was with the organization long enough to remember when it was professionally run by Frank Cashen, as opposed to the amateurish Wilpons. Also, the emphasis on the firing of coaches Mookie Wilson and Ken Oberkfell suggests someone who sympathizes with them because the writer is in a similar position. Also, I’m not sure a pitcher really cares if the first base and bench coaches are fired. Finally, the author critcizes the Mets’ pitching staff, which Pelfrey probably wouldn’t do, unless he was sneaky enough to to that to deflect attention from himself, which is also questionable.

  6. Kranepool January 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm
    Don’t care who, it’s all true. Keep yours eyes on the prize: Driving Ferdie and Jeffums out of town. Stay away from Citifield to drive revenues down, losses up, so the Wilpons go further into the debt sinkhole. And if you’re at a game, start a new Citifield tradition: Between the halves of each inning, start a stadium-rocking “Wilpons Suck” chant. Until they’re gone, the Mets will continue the long slide to Kansas Citydom.
  7. DaveSchneck January 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    There was a shady guy in the dugout a few years back, disguised in dark glasses, dark mustache…looks like the culprit.
  8. Rob January 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm
    I think that the author of the article is Fred Wilpon himself. Or Jeff. Either one realizes how bad things have gotten, so they’ve “confessed” anonymously. Isn’t that clever?
  9. Izzy January 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm
    Steve Phillips. But I like the Niemann guess.
  10. argonbunnies January 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm
    John Maine. One of the smartest and most negative Mets I’ve seen.

    I wish, anyway. In reality, it’s probably someone whose opinion isn’t any more informed than ours. An usher or something.

  11. Chris January 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm
    Attributon 3000 says: “Warren Spahn, Craig Swan, Don Hahn, or Mrs. Wilpon.”
    • Joe Janish January 12, 2012 at 12:10 am
      How did that old saying go? “Spahn, Swan, and two days of naan … ”

      It was Donnie Hahn, no doubt. Or maybe George Stone.

  12. Ryan January 12, 2012 at 4:56 am
    We are all angry Mets today.