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Biazarro World

14 Mar

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By Jim Walters

Remember when Elaine entered bizarro world in that classic Seinfeld episode. Her new friends were complete opposites from her regular crew of Jerry, George and Kramer.

Imagine if this season for the Mets is bizarro world and everything goes right. Here’s one man’s guess of what that would ¬†look like.

  • Jose Reyes is out for only two weeks instead of 8 and he is playing short at Citi Field on April 5th. He proves to be innocent of the hgh questions, but a certain third baseman of the Bronx can’t say the same.
  • Carlos Beltran is in centerfield by the end of April, but fans will miss the tag team efforts of Angel Pagan and Gary Matthews Jr, who held down the fort. Beltran comes back and does for the Mets what A-Rod did for the Yankees upon his May return last year. He also reveals that his mole gives him his mojo.
  • Johan Santana wins 20 games, the Cy Young and beats Roy Halladay in the three head to head match-ups this season.
  • Daniel Murphy proves Omar right, hitting .305 with 20 home runs and 95 RBIs. He also manages to play a decent first base. Keith Hernandez reminds us that he’s responsible.
  • Benjie Molina pulls a hamstring in week three and Rod Barajas hits 20 home runs and bats .260.
  • David Wright returns to his old form, hitting 30 home runs, 120 RBIs and bats .310. Wright wins the first MVP for New York.
  • Jason Bay hits 35 home runs, bats .280 and drives in 120 runs. His legs prove to be fine as Peter Gammons offers a public apology. Unfortunately its on the MLB network and no one sees it.
  • John Maine and Mike Pelfrey each win 15 games. Oliver Perez, well, not even in bizarro world is he very good.
  • Jenrry Mejia and Francisco Rodriguez become the best 1-2 punch, making most games feel like a 7-inning game.
  • Luis Castillo doesn’t drop any pop-ups.
  • Jerry Manuel doesn’t have to foolishly say he expects any of his players to be back in a week.
  • Omar Minaya gets to lead press conferences again.
  • Citi Field lowers ticket prices so families can go to a game and not miss a mortgage payment.
  • Mets retire Mike Piazza’s number.
  • Mets win the division, go on to get revenge against the Cardinals and beat the Yankees in the World Series.
  • Mets don’t mention Phillies in their championship celebration.
  • And finally, kids throughout the city trade in their Yankees jerseys for “Don’t Mess with the Johan” t-shirts.

A guy could dream….

Minaya Sealed His Own Fate

4 Mar

By Jim Walters

When the dust settles on this season (yes, I know it hasn’t even started yet), it is likely that Omar Minaya will not be the General Manager of the Mets.

While he reeled in big fish like Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez since taking the job in 2004, Minaya did three things that cost himself his job and his team a title.

1. Lack of Vision: Minaya was always one step behind. In 2006, as good as the Mets were, they didn’t have the starting pitching to compete. When Pedro Martinez and Orlando Hernandez went down near the end of the season, he depended on John Maine and Oliver Perez to step in when the games mattered most. While they did well, it stretched their bullpen and eventually the teams fate. In the following years, he didn’t address the bullpen which cost them in 2007 and 2008. He will always be remembered as being one move short.

2. Oliver Perez: In 2009, the Mets handed him a three-year, $36 million dollar contract. His career record is 58-64 with a 4.54 ERA. For some reason they paid him like a number two pitcher. While he showed moments of brilliance, his inconsistency made Mets fans grumble every time he took the mound. Who knows how they could’ve spent that money this off-season. The upside is that Perez is only 29 and a lefty. The downside is that Perez is a head case that is treated to a chorus of boos each time he retreats from the mound with his head hanging low. It is a sad, familiar site that makes fans cringe every fifth day.

3. Luis Castillo: For some reason, Minaya handed an aging Castillio a four-year, $25 million dollar contract after joining New York in a mid-season trade in 2007. Castillo was handed a contract that paid him like it was 1997, when he was younger, more flexible and with better range. While he had a decent season in 2009, he is an achy second baseman with no power. He can only be counted on to leave runners on third with less than two outs.

What hurts New York is that Castillo’s contract has handcuffed Minaya. The last two summers, Orlando Hudson wanted to play in Queens, but no other team would take on Castillo. Hudson would bring a sense of passion and great range that would solidify the line-up. Instead, Hudson is in Minnesota and Castillo continues to be the face of a losing franchise.

Minaya has dedicated $18 million to Castillo and Perez this season. It will be remembered as one of the worst investments in franchise history and the two moves that sent Omar packing.