Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Day 1 after the meltdown

One day after the Mets disastrous season ended, Mets owner Jeff Wilpon offered the following to the fans:
"On behalf of Fred [Wilpon], Saul [Katz] and myself, all of us at the Mets are bitterly disappointed in failing to achieve our collective goal of building upon last year's success. We did not meet our organization's expectations -- or those of our fans.

"We will continue our commitment in providing the resources necessary to field a championship team. We will be meeting with Omar [Minaya] shortly for him to present his plan on addressing our shortcomings so that we can achieve our goal of winning championships in 2008 and beyond.

"Our fans deserve better results. We thank them for their record-breaking support this season."
However, the statement includes one of the problems in the solution: Omar Minaya. Can Minaya fix the problems that he created?

He's already taken a step in the wrong direction. According to an article that appeared today on the Mets Web site, "Minaya has privately has told people he has no plans to" dismiss Willie Randolph. That could be his first mistake.

Randolph might have been an excellent coach with the Yankees, but he didn't show that excellence this year as the Mets manager. The Mets upper management needs to do a serious review of Randolph's performance rather than just brushing it off, as Minaya appeared to do yesterday. And they need to do the same for his coaches, especially Rick Peterson.

If they don't do that, the Mets on-field performance next season could be even worse than it was at the end of 2007.

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