Mets Links: Joe Torre, Dysfunction, Team Photo

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I’m clearing out the list of links that I’ve been holding onto now that the Mets are mathematically eliminated from NL East contention. They’re still 11 games behind the Giants for the wild card with 13 games left to play though! Keep holding out hope.

Yahoo Sports– Jeff Passan wrote a scathing column about the dysfunctional Mets. He squarely lays blame on Jeff Wilpon for running the team into the ground. It’s a good read and, although harsh, it’s hard to argue with his points.

Daily News – Mike Lupica writes about the possibility of the Mets bringing Joe Torre back 30 years later with Wally Backman as his bench coach. I find this really hard to believe on several levels. I can’t see Torre wanting to manage a team in disarray. And I can’t see low-key Torre and high-strung Backman as a good fit together.

ESPN – Adam Rubin writes that the Mets will PhotoShop Johan Santana into the 2010 team photo but K-Rod won’t be included. It’s another sign that he won’t be back with the Mets next season for the final year of his contract.

Daily News – Kevin Mitchell will stand trial for punching a guy on a golf course that said something Mitchell didn’t like. It’s certainly not Mitchell’s first run-in with fist-to-cuffs.

MetsBlog – The Mets have been calling season ticket holders offering them free tickets to one of the final games of this season. The seats have been empty, so why not have some bodies in the park buying food and concessions?

Report: Kevin Mitchell Tax Problems

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In a report for the Detroit News it’s reported that former Met Kevin Mitchell owes $4.2 million in back taxes to the state of California. Mitchell joins former teammate Ron Darling in running afoul of tax authorities. Mitchell played for the Mets in ‘84 and ‘86 before he was traded to the Padres for Kevin McReynolds.

It was always rumored that Mitchell was traded away for being a bad influence on the team, and most notably Dwight Gooden. In Gooden’s 1999 autobiography Heat, he described a frighteningly horrible situation involving Mitchell decapitating his girlfriend’s cat.

If the story is true, the Mets made the right call in trading Mitchell away despite the fact that he later went on to become the 1989 National League Most Valuable Player for the Giants. He was also an All-Star for the Giants in ‘89 and ‘90.

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