It would be funny if it weren’t so sad. When the topic was Fernando Martinez on Monday, GM Omar Minaya said the young centerfielder would not be on the Opening Day roster, specifying the importance of consistent at-bats in the minor leagues over sporadic playing time as the fourth outfielder in the major leagues.
However, when posed with the same question, Jerry Manuel said Martinez could be the Opening Day center fielder.
It’s not the first time these two haven’t been on the same page. There’s been different sentiments on Jenrry Mejia, also.
There doesn’t always seem to be a united front with the general manager and manager, and that can’t be described as a good thing.
Angel Pagan deserves the opportunity and with Gary Matthews, there’s a capable back-up. And, it should stay that way until Carlos Beltran returns, presumably in May.