2010 Mets Lack Accountability

July 23, 2010 Los Angeles, CA..Mets Luis Castillo  in action during the Major League Baseball game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Mets defeated the Dodgers, 6-1..Josh Thompson/CSM.

Saturday night’s game had about as much intrigue as watching coffee brew. However, I continued to watch because of an ensuing conversation between Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen. The story started with an anecdote about Gregg Jefferies and the ’88 club. The newcomer to the big leagues had an impressive short stint in the majors in ’87. Apparently, he was already acting like a perennial All-Star, much to the dismay of the actual All-Stars. Jefferies did not want his bats grouped together with the rest of the team’s bats. Instead of scoffing at this request by the young player, the Mets happily indulged him. Jefferies gave a veteran request from a rookie mouth and was obliged. Keith told of the “team justice” which occurred after a loss. A teammate noticed the equipment manager packing the separated bats and he took the bag and hurled the bats onto the floor. Hernandez laughed but then continued on about his old Cardinal club. The team he broke in with had arguably the most intense and intimidating pitcher in history: Bob Gibson. He insisted the consequences of Gregg Jefferies’ diva request would have been swift or that Jefferies would not have had the nerve to request that in St. Louis at all. This lack of accountability is a recurring theme for the Mets. Let’s look at some of the 2010 examples.

Luis Castillo: “What’s going on here?”

Luis lost his starting job to the upstart Ruben Tejada after Ruben sparkled defensively. Castillo did nothing but stew uselessly on the bench until a spot start was thrown his way. With the winning run on base, Castillo hit his trademark bloop single into the shallow outfield grass. The Mets won, in too little too late fashion, and Queens collectively yawned. Instead of allowing his actions on the field do the talking, Castillo had this to say:

“I thought I would be playing [last night] but I am not making the lineup. What is going on here? I don’t know what [Jerry Manuel is] doing…All I can do is the best I can. That’s how you try to play more…but I am disappointed.”

Luis Castillo, as quoted by Andy Martino of the Daily News

Somehow, Luis thought his game winner erased his horrendous numbers for the 2010 campaign, lack of range, and his ever present limp. In a tenure Met fans can’t wait to end, Luis is now back on the field with Jose Reyes out. Castillo should at least embrace his diminishing skills and mentor the likes of Ruben Tejada. Instead, we get playing demands from a .240 hitter with no power, speed, or range to speak of.

Jeff Francoeur (prior to trade)

Look, I get that he was popular. Zack Morris was popular too, but it doesn’t mean I want him batting 5th or 6th for my team. Frenchy complained when he was platooned with F-Mart amidst a brief hot streak. For a guy that can’t lay off a breaking pitch in the dirt to save his life, I wouldn’t speak up. Is it really fair to look for a trade when you have no trade value to speak of?  Last year he was traded for damaged goods and this year we received a less than mediocre infielder. Sorry Frenchy, when a team under performs and is out of contention, it’s time to see what the prospects can do. You have proven to the Braves and now the Mets that you are a great defender who cannot be consistently productive at the plate. The closed door meeting was a joke. Jerry should have given you pom poms for being such a popular cheerleader and moved on. No numbers means no playing time.

Fernando Martinez

F-Mart has been inconsistent potential forever. This year, after failing to stay healthy again, Martinez was promoted and considered briefly for a right field platoon. Meanwhile, other minor league outfielders such as Lucas Duda have been clearly better. F-Mart got the nod first and was as ineffective as ever. Only after another poor showing do the Mets promote someone who deserves to be promoted. I cringe to think that if F-Mart didn’t get injured, Duda would have been passed over for more bad F-Mart play. Stop christening your minor leaguers before they’ve earned promotion.

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About Gabe Aguilar

My name is Gabe Aguilar and I'm a production major from SUNY New Paltz. Like many of us, I live for the ups and downs of the blue and orange. I grew up with a family that was devoted to even the most heartbreaking Mets clubs. I was born in 1986 which is bitter sweet for a Mets fan. You will always feel some type of connection to the year, but I'm still dreaming of the day that I get to witness our team take it all the way. Being from Brooklyn, I also follow our hometown Cyclones as well. Writing about the Mets is a passion and I hope I can spark conversation and some new ideas amongst us fans.

3 thoughts on “2010 Mets Lack Accountability

  1. TD

    There was a story back in the '80's about someone writing "are we trying?" next to Jefferies name in the lineup card. It's a shame. That guy had some huge years for the Cards. Didn't do too much with the Mets and certainly didn't endear himself to the city or to his teammates.

  2. shea73

    I think Gabe's blog sums up exactly what is wrong with the Mets organization from top down since GM Frank Cashen relinquished power to his assistants in the later 80's. People complain about the Wilpons not spending enough money to improve the organization, which may, to some degree have some merit, but the real problem for this organization has been that the team's ownership has a way too friendly college style power structure where everyone has a say and being critical of anyone else and having clearly defined roles is discouraged. So essentially, there is no real leadership from above and no one getting tough on anybody for inept decision-making by the FO to incompetence by the players on the field. The only one who upset the apple cart since the Cashen days was Bobby V and eventually the Wilpons ran him out of dodge because they couldn't handle his dominating personality or input into personnel decisions. Luis Castillo's attitude perfectly illustrates this problem. The man should thank his lucky stars for his diminishing talent at this stage of his career does in no way justify his contract, or should reward him with full-time playing responsibilities but the man has no idea he should keep his mouth shut about his lack of playing time. I believe the Wilpons, the FO and his teammates have any idea that this is just outright unacceptable behavior. No one's teaching anything here and no one's learning anything because everyone's equal. This belies the problems of the NY Mets and why they can't develop a winning formula. I have a feeling Derek Jeter would not put up with the likes of a Luis Castillo mouthing off like this if he were in the Yankees club house wearing a Yankee uniform.

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