Darling For GM

There’s really not much to write about the Mets 9-5 loss to the D-Backs, who haven’t been playing much better than the Mets as of late.

Nothing has changed about this debacle of a franchise. The Wilpons still have an idiot GM and a delusional and sleepwalking manager.

Everything I have written over the past few weeks about needing a new GM and manager still applies today, no need to rehash.

The only thing to write about this game that I attended (and smartly left before the hour long rain delay–thank you iPhone radar map) was that Willie Randolph actually said after the game that he “saw some positives” and that the Arizona hitters “found a few holes and we didn’t.”

If the Wilpons are going to sit there and accept this crap from the manager then there is nothing else for me to say about this team….except that I feel like an idiot for having laid out a pile of cash for a share of season tickets.

So instead, I am going to point you to someone who “gets it”, Ron Darling. Darling has proven himself to be nothing but intelligent and classy as an SNY announcer and after reading this column where Bob Klapisch interviewed Darling in today’s Bergen Record, I think Ronnie might make a good choice to be GM.

Unlike the Teflon GM Omar Minaya, Darling seems to understand the reality of the make of of this team and the landscape of today’s game.

“Until they prove differently, they’ve been playing this way for almost a year now, so it’s hard to believe they’re going to turn back to 2006 all at once before the All-Star break,”

But Darling says it’s time to re-think the metrics of the Mets’ presumed superiority. The reason, he says, is linked to the changing industry itself: more and more teams are drifting away from older, higher-priced players, particularly free agents, and are instead filling their rosters with younger, less expensive talent. In many respects, having too much money is a curse – the Yankees and Tigers are prime examples — which is why Darling says the Mets’ $140 million payroll is a guarantee of nothing.

Is Omar Minaya the right man for a new-millennium business plan? It’s a discussion the Wilpon family will have this winter, but in the meantime, Darling says, “a lot of fans can’t understand how you can spend that much money and not automatically win 95 games. Well, it doesn’t work that way anymore. Look at the Diamondbacks. They’re not a highly paid team, and they’re in first place.”

Like a surgeon, Darling carefully sliced open the flaws in the Mets’ spring-training formula, specifically in their heavy dependence on superstars in decline. Indeed, critics of Minaya’s structuring of his team — the oldest in the big leagues — wonder how the Mets could’ve really counted on Pedro Martinez, Moises Alou, Carlos Delgado and Orlando Hernandez in the post-steroids, post-amphetamine usage era.

[Randolph’s] on borrowed time now. Randolph whiffed on what could’ve been his last chance to assert his authority on Sunday, when he should’ve suspended Ramon Castro for arriving late for a 1:05 game in San Diego.

Randolph needed to act sternly to make his point in the clubhouse: show up on time, or it’ll cost you. It was the one, enduring rule in Joe Torre’s clubhouse, and it should be the same in Randolph’s. It didn’t matter what Castro’s excuse was: it was his day to catch Pedro Martinez, and he should’ve been the first one in the ballpark. But Randolph chose to let the incident pass, telling reporters on Tuesday, “it’s over and done with.”

Randolph still doesn’t understand the connection between the manager and the demeanor of his players. But Darling gets it, making a point of praising the Diamondbacks for being hungry.

“Hungry with an old-fashioned coach on the bench who will kick your butt if you don’t get it right,” he said, referring to Kirk Gibson.

“The guy chewed tobacco, played hard and wasn’t afraid to knock the catcher over,” Darling said. “That’s why the Diamondbacks play the way they do.”

The logic didn’t go unnoticed. The Mets have no such force in the dugout, hence, their lethargy.

“There you go,” is what Darling said.

There you go, indeed. Darling is around the game enough to recognize how much it has changed and exactly what the Mets are lacking. Why doesn’t the GM or the manager have a clue?


One Response

  1. Nice, Corey… but I actually made the case for Buck Showalter on my blog today, lol.

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