Jan. 14.10: The Mets should have done better all around.

Yes, I understand about wanting the third opinion. But after thinking about it, so what?

It was reported the Mets knew of Beltran’s condition, otherwise they wouldn’t have sent workman’s compensation paperwork to the physician. And, if what the Mets are saying is true, that they were monitoring this all along, they should have pushed the envelope on surgery in December to give Beltran a chance to be ready.

The first sign of pain should have been met with action.

There were reports this summer Beltran might have needed surgery, but they chose to wait, which was a disaster. This is something that could have been done in September and if so wouldn’t be an issue today.

The Mets also look bad in how they handled their response. They should have said they were on-board with the surgery inside of airing their dirty laundry this way. Saying they knew all along but were kept out of the loop at the end doesn’t ring well at all.

In how they handled this makes them look sloppy and inept. There’s now finger pointing and talk of legal action. Who wins here? Certainly not the Mets, who have simply aggravated their best player. And, certainly not Beltran, who’s in a cast right now.

18 thoughts on “Jan. 14.10: The Mets should have done better all around.

  1. Why did the Mets turn this into a public issue? We’ll never get all the info and we’ll never know the true history of events from the original injury until the operation. But why would a team make a public issue of this? They were the ones to put themelves in a lose lose lose situation. They can’t win with the player by their statements. They can’t win with the agent of the most players by their statements, and they certainly couldn’t think they were pulling off a great public relations coup after the last two years of injuries and false prophesies on the return of players. So what the heck were they trying to do with all this. They can’t even resolve a grievance with Torrealba over a physical two/three years ago. I wonder who the genius was to allow this to go public? And certainly Fred Wilpon should but his brave son Jeffy a big chicken outfit to wear since he hid so well today.

  2. Another positive consequence of this is that David Wright is now questioning whether the surgery was needed. Granted, he said he would wait to hear Beltran’s side of the story, but he, like Met management, seemed irritated. Dr. Wright, meet Dr. Wilpon.

  3. 1. I agree. He should have had surgery during the season when the year was toast. They could also have done it after the season – last year.

    2. Any grievence they have should be done privately or at worst in a press release. They call a press conference to publicly out their best player? Yikes!

  4. on sny they have some sort of retrospective.

    introducing gary carter 1984. mets have the best organization for the second year in a row.

    what a difference 25 years makes.

  5. Beltran’s response.

    The Mets suck. Can we force the owner to sell the team? To Trump maybe? He used to be interested in sports.

    “I am totally surprised by the reaction to my recent knee surgery. Any accusations that I ignored or defied the team’s wishes are simply false. I also spoke to Omar Minaya about the surgery on Tuesday. He did not ask me to wait, or to get another doctor’s opinion. He just wished me well. No one from team raised any issue until Wednesday, after I was already in surgery. I do not know what else I could have done. The most important thing here is that the surgery was a total success and I expect to be back on the field playing the game I love sooner rather than later.”

  6. Maybe that is why Omar is not doing the statement. Perhaps he did say have a good day and jeffy blew a gasket.

  7. JD

    I am pissed off at everyone.

    The Mets , Beltran, Boras and anyone else that may have been involved.

    I think it is insane that you are advocating the Mets should have covered everything up and lied.

    This is New York, the truth would have come out and lying about would have made things even worse.

    And I don’t really give a rats — about how Beltran feels.
    For whatever reason he waited this long for the surgery. Would waiting a few more days matter. It is apparent he has no respect for the people who sign his checks.

    Everybody hopes this surgery will work but I have serious doubts.

    So here is my first Mets prediction for 2010.

    Carlos Beltran will have additional surgery in late March and will miss the entire season.

  8. 8. Yeah good call Scott, and if he’d have had it done when he got hurt he’d be 100% now. You sure have no problems drinking the management kool aiude. but you can’t expalin why they refused to get a second opinion in early December when he first felt his pain resume, why they were totally satisfiied with the same failed diagnosis of rest until its better until he said he was getting a second opinion, why they couldn’t find info out about a concussion when one of their own had 2 in 2 months, why they wouldn’t come clean on reyes’ injuries, whyt their GM and manager both claimed they didn’t know Santana had any problems in the Spring of ’09, why their supposedly crack medical team couldn’t cure John Maine when he had a supposedly simple procedure, why this org belittled OP for months and then sudenly bought the fact that he had a knee injury, why this org allowed or maybe they forced Castillo to play after having surgery on both knees forcing him to play horribly in ’08, Yeah, Scott, blame Beltran and blame every player, but the rich boy Jeffy has to be right because those born rich are perfect aren’t they Scott? They don’t cheat, they don’t lie, they don’t deceive, they don’t do anything underhanded. Only those trying to rip them off for $$ are like that.

  9. 8. and guess what Scott Beltran doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what you think either, and more of us don’t give a rat’s ass about the Mets front office/. so enjoy yourself when your in the city dump booing Beltran. I’m sure he’ll really play harder because of your booing.

  10. 6) Dave

    One of two possible things are going on.

    1) Omar never told anyone about the conversation.
    In which case John Ricco had no idea what was going on. If this happened Omar should be fired now.

    2)Beltran’s response is a carefully crafted piece of PR misinformation.
    It does not state clearly that Beltran told Omar that he was going to have the surgery the next day. It just states he spoke to Omar about the surgery. What does that actually mean. Does Omar actually have the power to approve surgery or does it have to go through the medical / legal department.

    Whatever the truth is. Omar will be out of his job by the end of the week.

  11. Harry
    I do not drink the Mets management Kool – Aid.

    I also don’t believe most of what is being reported by the media.

    The media prints or tells their version of the truth.

    The real truth is a lot more complicated and sit in the murky grey area.

    You better than most everyone else on this blog know that.

  12. 12. scott, you are obvious a met employee. Do such things happen? you better belive it. Just read the posts. there is no defending this unless you are getting paid. Either that or you are a complete idiot, which I dont belive. Gil is another one. How do you make a positive about this. I would be more willing to belive the latter argument to gil though. Total disater for the mets on this one. Why do the words mets and debacle have to be connected so much lately?

  13. One more thing for those who want to make Beltran and Boras the villains here. Beltran got the surgury now because he wants to play ASAP. How does it help him to wait like the mets want him to and miss more time. Think people.

  14. 12. You don’t drink the kool aide? I hope you have free tickets from them then. And you don’t have to believe the media. All you have to do is listen to the baloney that spewed from the sidekick Ricco’s mouth yesterday. The flag ship station of the NYMetsies just destroyed each statement he made and laughed in the Mets’ facxe for hours. Oh, I know he (Francesa) is easy to make fun of, but he did it without any difficulty because it was so obvious Ricco was full of it. Another Jeffy stooge put on the mantle to be the fool while Jeffy hises somewhere, unable to join a conference call like its 1935.
    The Met resume on why they should never be believed:
    Reyes mishandled
    Beltran mishandled
    Santana mishandeld
    Perez mishandled
    Maine mishandled
    Castillo mishandled
    Church mishandled
    Francoer mishandled (with all the other stuff forgot how they lied about how he couldn’t further injure himself playing all those meaningless games and of course he did)
    Even stadium decoration mishandled.
    Firing of manager mishandled.
    Firing of minor league assistant mishandled.
    Player after player publicly lambasted by the manager after games.

    This is a management team that is to never be believed.

  15. Scott(11)

    Yes. Everyone is trying to look good here.

    But my take is this. Beltran got hurt last year and was out for an extended period of time.

    When he came back I would have rather he not play just to prove he could.

    Now it comes out that he needs surgery to fix something that should have been fixed a long time ago.

    At the end of the day, I side with Carlos. It is his body and his future. Yes, he has contractural obligations but it does sound as if all sides had been communicating at least up to a point.

    The fact that he has surgery now allows him to be available sooner assuming that the surgery is successful. Better now than later.

    You can also put this in the context of all the mismanagement of players injuries that Harry so nicely outlined above.

    Perhaps I am being too harsh on Omar and it is really Jeff who is the supreme micro-management idiot.

    Did he not say that he was going to handle medical communications/situations better? It sounds like they have work to do.

    Dave