I’ve been silent for almost two weeks because what I have been watching has left me speechless.
I could definitely say I told you so when, before the season started, I predicting this team was not much better than a 4th place team. I also continue to believe that the GM, Omar Minaya, is the root cause of this teams problems.The Mets inspired play of May and June left me hoping that things were finally going to change. Wrong on that count. Omar’s high priced players are back and with it came the downfall of a lovable team that played above it’s talent level for at least 6 weeks.
Why is Omar the root cause of this teams problem?
Any business student could tell you the reason why and they wouldn’t even need to now anything about baseball. Anyone in the military could tell you the same thing. Anytime you have a breakdown in the chain of command your team will know it and respond accordingly. It always gets ugly!The only explanation for a team-wide collapse is that someone just above the manager (cough, cough, ahem… the GM) is cutting the managers feet out from under him by making some decisions that only the manager should be making. A GM should not be making out the lineup card and deciding who plays.
When this happens the whole team team chemistry gets screwed up. Players who earned playing time are no longer playing. Players who were leaders are now asked to sit the bench. Playing your butt off no longer earns you playing time, the size of your contract now determines your playing time. There is no incentive to perform.
This bad chemistry keeps breeding and growing turning player against player until even the good players, who play their hearts out, start to screw up.
And that is my explanation for this team’s poor performance.
It’s the one intangible that no one can seem to put their finger on because the breaking of the chain of command happens behind closed doors. No one actually see’s it. We analyze this teams play every year. Every year we get the same results. Different players, same results. I just can’t see how the blame can be laid on the players when the players change every year.Omar has been doing the same thing over and over, insisting that the higher paid players play the field to justify their contracts. If Omar can justify those contracts he justifies his job. The manager, on the other hand, wants to win so he plays the hot hand. The GM wants to justify the huge contracts so he let’s the manager know who he wants to play.
There is a conflict of interest here.
Carlos Beltran should be playing right field part time, Luis Castillo should not be the full time 2nd baseman, Oliver Perez should be released. You don’t play people to justify their contracts and to justify your signings, you play the hot hand to win.
Omar is the problem Willie Randolph had and Omar is the problem Jerry now has. This Mets team will never go anywhere with Omar Minaya in charge. A new manager will only bring the same results.
This team has proven it can play at a higher level than what they are currently playing at. They have proven they are a playoff caliber team without the multi-millionaire players and they have proven they are not much of a team with the millionaires playing.
One of two things has to happen, either Omar is let go or the Wilpons step in and remind Omar of the chain of command and tell him to butt out of the decisions Jerry should be making.
Until then, we, the fans, will just have to make the best of another bad season. You can join me on twitter @DVDaniels as I attempt to make the best of yet another bad season.