Put up or shut up ….

The Mets have always been an organization that has placed a lot of premium on talking and hoping for the best. We don’t often see times when they take charge in determining their destiny. Even Johan Santana, they admit, was because the market came back to them.

We have now learned the train wreck that was the 2009 season was the fault of coaches Sandy Alomar Sr. and Luis Alicea, both with limited responsibilities. It wasn’t as if they controlled a pitching staff that walked over 600 hitters or an offense that hit less than 100 homers.

Mets ownership is saying Omar Minaya has the resources to spend in the free-agent market and the nine-lived general manager is saying he will make trades despite a thin farm system.

The Mets have their new stadium, they have their showplace, which was filled for the most part this summer. But, it won’t be long before Citi Field won’t be a magnet anymore. It happened in Camden Yards and Jacobs Field. Eventually, thirty brands of microbrew, BBQ and clam chowder aren’t a draw anymore. Fans will soon learn it is easier to go to a local pub for those things than pay the price to drive out to Queens.

The Braves improved this year as did the Marlins, and we know the Phillies will be aggressive. If the Mets don’t dramatically improve, they could be looking up for a number of seasons to come. This offseason has the potential to shape the Mets for the next several seasons. If they prove to be all talk and fizzle again, we’ll be faced with another rebuilding phase.

14 thoughts on “Put up or shut up ….

  1. You make it sound like the market for Santana coming back to them was merely fortuitous rather than a strategy. I seem to remember there being speculation that Santana preferred the NL and would like only sign a contract with an NL team; my guess is that the Mets were aware of this speculation and acted accordingly.

    All talk and fizzle _again_? In his first off-season, Omar brought in Pedro and Beltran. The next year, it was Delgado and Wagner. The year after that it was Alou. Then, it was Santana. Last year, it was K-Rod.

    Omar’s made upgrades every off-season — and each one, outside of 2007 with Alou, involved the acquisition of at least one All-Star-calibre player. I don’t understand the “talk and fizzle” reference.

  2. I think you are putting too much emphasis on this particular offseason. It’s hardly a make or break one. There are too many holes, and I am not impressed by the free agency market. A return to health by Santana, Beltran, and Reyes is going to add 5 more wins to the team. If Maine pitches like he did during his last two starts, that takes care of one of the holes and adds another 3 wins to the team. So you’re basically at .500. Then of course the luck factor is bound to be on their side. lol. They will get better just because of those factors alone.

  3. John,

    Like the sarcasm.

    You are right. There is no plan – that we like anyway.

    The plan for the past few years is make a big deal about nothing and lure them in. Then make some excuse about why the plan did not work.

    That is why we have kept Omar. He is good at this. He is a good snake oil salesman. The masses buy into the plan. We have been suckered for half a decade now.

  4. Steve,

    So rather than a 70 win season we can look forward to 80 wins?

    That is progress! Where do I sign up!

  5. 1. Based on your write up I can understand why we have made the playoffs every year under Omar’s brilliant strategy and leadership.

  6. (6) Criticize Omar all you want — and there’s plenty to criticize — but the problem is not “all talk and fizzle,” as Delcos suggests here and not spending money, as he suggested yesterday.

  7. (5) Dave: It’s all about 2011 my friend. The FA crop is better in my opinion, plus Davis/Mejia/Holt/Thole/Fmart will all be much closer to making an impact on this level. Next year is a “stop gap” year IMO. The quicker we all realize it, the less heartache we’ll have.

  8. 11
    not sure that was his fault, but every year including 2006 there was not enough depth.

    in 2006 we got lucky with the pitchers we threw out there. they were awful, but we went 500 until ppl got healthy.

  9. (12) I disagree. The 2006 rotation featured Pedro, Glavine, El Duque and Trachsel. And when Duaner Sanchez got hurt, Omar brought in Roberto Hernandez. And when Milledge wasn’t ready to take over Nady’s spot, he brought in Shawn Green.

    2006 was the year both Pedro and El Duque were injured literally days before the post-season — and yet Omar had enough depth, in Oliver Perez and John Maine, to get to the World Series if Jose Valentin could put the ball in play with the bases loaded.

  10. 8. Disagree Steve because if the tem was shooting for 2011, then Omar wouldn’t be the GM. You have a guy who is going to be fighting for his job in 2010 which makes him a very dangerous GM.
    11/13. And Omar destroyed his depth and talent after 2006. Pretty amazing how a guy can successfully live off of one year for so many years after that.
    And the moves he made in 2006 weren’t as wonderful as you make them out to be. The idea behind deadline deals is to make your team stronger. Omar’s deal did the opposite. Roberto Hernandez did not replace Sanchez as he was washed up and wasn’t used as the 8th inning man. In fact he was hardly used at all. And Milledge was brought up as another example of Omar ruining kids bringing them up years before they are ready. And Green was an abomination. Could no longer run, hit with power or drive in runs. A trifectaof horrible. And OP won 1 game and pitched one good playoff game. wow … And Pedro was hurt early in the season, tried to come back but only injured himself further in his fruitless effort to retirn for the playoffs. Only El Duque was a garbage heap pixck up, got hurt right before the playoffs. And you forgot 3rd starter Bannister, who the Mets tried to bring back way too soon after pulling his hamstring,, causing him to miss months vice weeks…