Oct 06

Reaching out ….

Sure, on the surface Mets GM Omar Minaya could be reaching out for his successor, but if it happens they will be a better team.

Minaya contacted recently disposed general managers Kevin Towers (Padres) and J.P. Ricciardi (Blue Jays), both of whom have excellent credentials in player development, and let’s face it, that’s a huge hole with the Mets.

Yes, this team was crippled by injuries this season, but that revealed a glaring weakness of a barren farm system that could produce immediate help or enough chips to trade for major league fill-ins.

The Mets, also accused of ignoring their past, reached out to Mookie Wilson and Wally Backman, two of the sparkplugs from the 1986 championship teams.

Oct 06

Something with your morning coffee ….

This Day in Baseball History

This Day in Baseball History

In 2000, the Mets tied their NLDS at a game apiece, 5-4, in 10 innings on Jay Payton’s RBI single. The Giants tied the game, 4-4, in the bottom of the ninth on J.T. Snow’s three-run, pinch-hit homer off of, well, who else? Right, Armando Benitez.

Edgardo Alfonzo’s two-run homer in the ninth had given the Mets the lead. Al Leiter pitched eight innings for the Mets.

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They Said It

They Said It

A lot of things were said yesterday at Citi Field, with one of them coming from Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon, who left little doubt GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel would be operating on a short leash.

Said Wilpon: “They are very much on the hook now to work hard and correct the problems and flaws of the team. Injuries are not an excuse. They need to get us back to being a championship caliber team.”

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ON TAP FOR TODAY

Bonus baseball from the Metrodome. The Twins and Tigers have a one-game playoff, with the winner to take on the Yankees.

Oct 05

METS CHAT ROOM: The Post Mortem.

It was a busy day today with the firing of several coaches, the announcement Jose Reyes will undergo surgery, and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon’s pronouncement that the Mets will spend this winter.

How much they’ll spend remains to be seen. I’m not convinced how big a player the Mets will be this winter. They need a No. 2 starter, a left-fielder with power, and bullpen and bench depth.

Let’s talk about the Mets and the upcoming playoffs, and then we can talk about the Monday night game between Minnesota and Green Bay.

I hope you’ll join me.

Oct 05

The reconstruction of the Mets. Day 1.

It was a busy day at Citi Field this afternoon. Let’s get you caught up on the highlights:

* Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon confirmed GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel would return. “They both deserve a chance to redeem themselves,’’ Wilpon said. “They are very much on the hook now to work hard and correct the problems and flaws of the team. Injuries are not an excuse. We need to be better. … I wouldn’t say (win) or else, but we need to be at a championship caliber level. We need to be competing down to the end.’’

* Wilpon said the Mets would spend to improve. “We will have one of the highest payrolls in baseball as we have had the last number of years,’’ Wilpon said. “There are no handcuffs on Omar. He’s free to go and get this team to be a championship team.’’

* Wilpon said improving the pitching staff and adding a power bat were the off-season shopping priorities.

* Bench coach Sandy Alomar Sr. and first base coach Luis Alicea will not be retained. Third base coach Razor Shines will be re-assigned. Pitching coach Dan Warthen, hitting coach Howard Johnson and bullpen coach Randy Niemann will keep their roles. Alomar Sr. will be invited to remain in the organization in some capacity.

* Wally Backman was invited to interview for a minor league job. Reportedly, the Mets have been in contact with former San Diego GM Kevin Towers and former Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi.

* Wilpon said the medical staff would be retained but some of the “medical protocols’’ would be re-evaluated.

* Jose Reyes will have surgery on the right hamstring that kept him sidelined since May 20.