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Mets Hire Wayne Krivsky

wayne-krivskyAs expected, the Mets have brought in “motivation” for Omar Minaya — former Reds GM Wayne Krivsky.

Krivsky was hired by the Mets last June as a scout, but after the season he moved on to the Orioles as GM Andy MacPhail’s special assistant — a role he likely would have filled for the Mets had Tony Bernazard not been in the way.

In any case, Krivsky returns to Flushing, bringing with him real-world MLB front office experience and success (with the Twins) — a strange combination for a Mets hire, no? Unlike his predecessor, Krivsky comes to the Mets with experience negotiating player contracts from the TEAM’s perspective (Bernazard spent his post-playing career as an MLBPA assistant / consultant to players prior to joining the Mets). That said, perhaps the Mets will finally start signing players to logical contracts — rather than grossly overpaying with dollars, terms, years, and other conditions (I’m going to hope / assume that Krivsky didn’t start working for the Mets until AFTER Alex Cora was signed).

When it’s all said and done, this could turn out to be the Mets’ top free-agent acquisition of the winter.

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Deep Throat Speaks Again

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In a remarkable turn of events that may change the course of American history, it has been discovered that journalists Robert Woodward and Carl Bernstein spilled the beans on Watergate as part of a devious plan to become President of the United States and/or gain Presidential Cabinet positions.

According to recently found notes from an old file box that once belonged to W. Mark Felt, Sr. ,

“Woodward wrote all that Watergate stuff not to sell papers, or win a Pulitzer, but to force an impeachment of Richard Nixon and have lobby as Nixon’s most logical replacement.”

Further,

” … Bernstein was tired of the newspaper industry — his eyes were on becoming a Presidential speech writer … he had lobby — he lobby to Nixon to be Press Secretary on many occasions.”

One of Woodward’s relatives — and a person familiar with the situation — corraborated Felt’s posthumous remarks:

“As a child, Bobby wasn’t like the other boys … when all the other boys talked about becoming firemen, policemen, or centerfielders for the New York Yankees, Bobby would say he wanted to be President. It was an obsession.”

G. Gordon Liddy could not be reached for comment.

In related news, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams admitted that they broke the BALCO story in the San Francisco Chronicle in part to replace Barry Bonds in left field.

Said Fainaru-Wada:

“We wanted the Giants to consider us as a platoon — me from the right side and Lance from the left. We thought it was a good plan to tear down Barry and then lobby them for a tryout.”

For those of you looking for something else after seeing this headline, my apologies, and, shame on you!

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Mets Game 98: Win Over Rockies

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And for a followup routine, the Mets played a baseball game …

The excitement in Flushing began with the firing of Tony Bernazard, an event that closed with a squabble between Omar Minaya and Adam Rubin. For an encore, the Mets held another press conference to speak about the first (but unfortunately, did not announce a steel cage match between Minaya and Rubin). But the crowd at Citi Field clamored for more, so nine men were dressed up and sent out on the field to engage the Colorado Rockies in a battle royale.

The encore for the evening began as a much more benign affair compared to the day’s earlier activities, but finished with a bang. With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth, Rockies reliever Juan Rincon couldn’t find the plate and walked the first two batters he faced, and after a Dan Murphy sac bunt, Jeff Francoeur was intentionally walked to load the bases. With LH hitter Cory Sullivan coming to the plate, Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy called for LOOGY Franklin Morales, and Jerry Manuel countered with Fernando Tatis. Tatis fell behind 0-2, then laced a low changeup into the seats to give the Mets their first lead of the ballgame.

Pedro Feliciano was credited with the victory and K-Rod pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation.

Notes

Oliver Perez allowed three runs on four walks and five hits in five innings of work. Remarkably, most people associated with the Mets will look at it as a “positive step”. The rest of us will refer to it for what it is: garbage.

Not to be lost in the excitement was Brian Stokes’ two perfect innings in relief of Ollie to keep the Mets in the ballgame.

Nice to see Tatis tie into one and deliver such a dramatic victory. We know he’s not the guy who hit like Roy Hobbs last July, and his DPs have been maddening, but his approach to the game makes him someone who is easy to root for. After making contact on the grand slam swing, Tatis was sprinting out of the box, taking nothing for granted. Nice to see.

Dan Murphy hit fourth again and went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a sacrifice bunt. How many MLB cleanup hitters are called on to bunt?

Luis Castillo and David Wright combined to go 4-for-4 with 2 walks and 4 runs scored. The red-hot Castillo is now hitting .305.

Jeff Francoeur blasted his third homerun as a Met, a solo shot in the fourth. In seven games, Francoeur has three homeruns; the rest of the Mets combined have seven taters in the entire month (three of them by Tatis).

This win marks the Mets’ third in a row — their longest winning streak since 1986.

Next Mets Game

The rising Mets take on the Rockies again at 7:10 PM on Tuesday night. Mike Pelfrey goes to the mound against Tottenville HS graduate Jason Marquis.

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Bernazard Firing Part Deux

In case you missed it, the Mets held a press conference moments before game time tonight to address Omar Minaya’s attack on Adam Rubin.

I’m not 100% sure, but I believe the Mets are the first franchise in sports history to call a press conference to explain a press conference. Someone check with the Elias Sports Bureau to confirm, please.

During the second press conference, Minaya apologized for isolating and attacking Rubin in the first press conference. He did not, however, apologize for what he said; rather, he apologized for saying what he did, WHEN he did and WHERE he did. He stands by the inane accusation that Rubin sought a job in the Mets’ front office. As if it matters. And as if anyone would want to work in that Chinese fire drill of an organization (no offense to my friends of Chinese descent).

Furthermore, Jeff Wilpon made it clear that Tony Bernazard was a good friend, and that Omar “fostered” that friendship. Again, it matters why?

After listening to Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum in this absurd press conference, Jerry Manuel’s postgame interview will resemble a symposium conducted by Albert Einstein.

One can only wonder what this Mickey Mouse operation will do next.

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Mets Fire Tony Bernazard

In a stunning development, the Mets have fired VP of Player Development Tony Bernazard — at least, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

It is assumed that this announcement will be made official later in the afternoon at a scheduled press conference.

The question now is, how will Jeff Wilpon make a decision without his trusted guru at his side? Furthermore, how will the Binghamton Mets motivate themselves without Zard-Dog’s inspirational clubhouse speeches?
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*** UPDATE ***

If you didn’t see the press conference, you need to watch it. I can’t even begin to explain it, other than describing it as perhaps the most bizarre I’ve ever seen — it dwarfs all of the Mets’ conferences of the past few months that we might have labeled as “strange”.

mushmouthHands-down, a new low for the organization — and after sounding like a cross between Stuttering John and Dumb Donald (or is it Mushmouth?) from Fat Albert, I’m not sure how much longer Omar Minaya can continue in his position.

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Quiz for Yankees Fans

Any Yankees fans out there? If so, please look at the picture below and see if you can identify who it is:

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Give up? It’s Jean Afterman, the “assistant to the GM” of the New York Yankees. Strange that you don’t know her … you mean, she doesn’t regularly make headlines, hang around the ballfield, undermine managers, whisper secrets to ballplayers, argue with Mo Rivera, publicly cuss out and berate other Yankees personnel, and provide injury information to the tabloids? Huh.

Well, I GUARANTEE she has never, and would never, rip off her shirt in front of a clubhouse full of AA ballplayers.

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Bernazard Reminds Us of Another Assistant GM

1975toppsbillsingerPerhaps the most disturbing thing about the Tony Bernazard “situation” is not Bernazard’s actions, but the Mets’ feeble, wishy-washy, inactive response. They have neither stood behind their VP of Player Development, nor have they fired him, nor have they even put him on some kind of a suspension. Their response to the multiple allegations toward Bernazard is to “investigate” — as Omar Minaya told us about twenty times.

Investigate? Really? That’s it?

The Mets seem to have forgotten that they operate out of New York City — the media capital of the world. The spotlight is on, and it’s white and hot. There is no time to “investigate” in a New York Minute. You ACT — swiftly and decisively.

This recent turn of events reminds me of the “Bill Singer Incident”, which was handled (bumbled?) similarly. For those who don’t remember, that debacle occurred in November of 2003, at MLB’s “general manager meetings” in Phoenix, AZ. Ironically, Bill Singer had just been hired as “assistant to the General Manager”. During one evening at the bar, Singer got a little too drunk and made some racially insensitive remarks to Kim Ng (who at the time held a similar position in the Dodgers’ organization). The immediate response was very much like the one we heard yesterday:

“He’s still employed by us at the moment, but the matter is under organizational review,” Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Sunday night. “No decision has been made.”

This statement came after Singer apologized to his boss Jim Duquette, and released simultaneously with this statement from Singer:

“I am embarrassed by what I said when I met with Ng on Tuesday evening. My comments were truly inappropriate and I’m truly sorry. I have apologized to her and hope she will forgive me.”

According to the Daily News:

“That didn’t wash with Jim and it sure as hell won’t wash with [owner] Fred [Wilpon],” a Mets source told the Daily News. “Plain and simple, there’s no excuse for that kind of behavior, and there’s no saving this guy.”

The Daily News was right — all the apologies in the world weren’t going to save Bill Singer from the words uttered in a drunken stupor. He he was fired within a week.

The day Singer was relieved of his duties, the Mets released this announcement:

“As a matter of policy our organization cannot and will not tolerate any comment or conduct by an employee that suggests insensitivity or intolerance to any racial, ethnic or religious group. Any deviation from this standard is not acceptable.”

Is there really much difference between Singer’s fateful conversation with Kim Ng and the myriad activities of Tony Bernazard? Yes, in Singer’s case, the main issue was one of racial insensitivity. But it was similar to the current situation because it was also a glaring embarrassment for the entire organization. And now that the story is out there, it doesn’t matter what the Mets find out as a result of their “investigation” — the court of public opinion has already made their decision, and the rest of baseball is laughing at the three-ring circus that is the New York Mets.

In many ways, in fact, this situation is worse. Singer’s act was isolated. It was incredibly stupid and insensitive, but it didn’t really affect the team directly. And it didn’t necessarily reflect the attitude or activities of the organization. The response to Singer’s case was more, “wow, how could the Mets hire this guy? He’s an idiot”. Whereas today, there are many questionable acts linked to Bernazard. It’s not an isolated incident, but the way he regularly conducts himself. The mocking now is “wow, how could the Mets let this guy inflitrate their organization? how could they give a guy like this so much power? what has he done that we haven’t heard about? maybe this is the reason the Mets are in a shambles.”

In the end, Singer had very little impact on the Mets, and the incident in Arizona was forgotten quickly enough. Bernazard, though, has been a major factor in the organization for several years. The sooner the Mets act, the sooner they can get on the road away from mockery and disrespect. And it’s gonna take a while.

(Side note to the Singer story — one of the candidates to replace him at the time was Theo Epstein. How might that move have changed Mets history?)

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