Sherman Targets Minaya Again

In today’s New York Post, Joel Sherman exposes more of Omar Minaya’s mistakes.

THE All-Star Game is shaping up as potential humiliation in the Bronx for the Mets. Willie Randolph is scheduled to be there as an NL coach, though he might not even be the Met manager any longer. And Cleveland’s Cliff Lee and Grady Sizemore almost certainly will be there, and so might Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips.

That would be an extreme embarrassment for Omar Minaya. He traded all three in June 2002 for Bartolo Colon. His reasoning then, as Montreal’s GM, was that the Expos were under threat of being contracted, so he was willing to make a damn-tomorrow deal.

That would work better as an alibi except for two little items: 1) The Expos were never contracted, and 2) he is presiding over the majors’ oldest team now, symbolic that he talks about player development, but almost always goes with veterans.

I am glad Sherman is reaching back and blowing holes through the nonsense alibi that Omar’s defenders always bring up regarding that infamous Expos trade. When you look at Minaya’s track record as Mets GM, you see the same sort of stupid trades and the same disregard for young talent.

Minaya is what he is.

Minaya came in saying he wanted to mimic the Brave model, creating a farm system that would make the roster self-sustaining. He inherited Jose Reyes and David Wright, and mainly has used the system for his favorite pastime, obtaining older, established players. His initial first-round pick as Met GM, Mike Pelfrey, had his finest pro moment last night with eight powerhouse innings against Arizona in which he outpitched Brandon Webb, the sinkerball maestro the Mets most hope he emulates…

Still, the record is 31-33 and the problems from not having that self-sustaining farm system are obvious. As that old roster has broken down, Minaya had to summon the not ready (Nick Evans) or from a retread group (Fernando Tatis, Robinson Cancel, Raul Casanova, Abraham Nunez, Chris Aguila) that would be laughed off the Long Island Ducks.

At his introductory press conference, Minaya said, “The plan is pitching, defense and athleticism.” But four years later, you have to wonder if he has lost his way. The only starting pitchers assured to move into Citi Field are Johan Santana, John Maine and likely Pelfrey. The defense has constantly been sacrificed for older offense: Think Paul Lo Duca, Shawn Green, Moises Alou and Carlos Delgado.

When asked about his work here, Minaya said, “I see this more as a turnaround of a franchise. We have been over .500 three years and play an exciting style of speed baseball that has not been seen here before.”

Now Mookie Wilson, Lenny Dykstra and Wally Backman might take issue to that speed comment. I will point out again that Minaya inherited Reyes, who is the main speed player. And Minaya was permitted to spend money in a bolder way than his predecessors, which allowed additions such as Delgado, Carlos Beltran, Pedro Martinez and Billy Wagner, which helped forge those over-.500 marks.

Minaya also has constructed a roster that depended on Alou, who after returning from the DL for one game Tuesday, already was injured again. Minaya put together a clubhouse with such a leadership void that Marlon Anderson was orchestrating team meetings shortly after being obtained last year and was trying to be inspiring at another gathering on Tuesday, his first day off the DL.

I am so glad to see all these facts in an actual newspaper. I am certainly not going to accuse Sherman of plagiarism, as I doubt he reads this blog.   But I have been writing much of the same for weeks now.

It is refreshing to see the mainstream media no longer buying into Minaya’s BS.  The Teflon is wearing off.

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