“If you wanna reach your destiny, here’s what you’ve got to do:
When it’s time to change, then it’s time to change
Don’t fight the tide, come along for the ride, don’t you see
When it’s time to change, you’ve got to rearrange
who you are into what you’re gonna be.
Sha na na na, na na na na na, sha na na na na
Sha na na na, na na na na na, sha na na na na”
It’s gotten so bad, the Mets need to listen to Greg, Peter, Bobby, Marcia, Jan, and Cindy. It’s time to change. It’s time to rearrange. Clean house.
Omar Minaya has proven he cannot build a championship team. His tenure started off well and he did help the Mets claim their first division title since 1988. But instead of building off of that 2006 season, his moves (or lack thereof) have sent the Mets back into mediocrity. Yes, injuries played a part in last season’s mess, and in the previous late season collapses of the prior seasons. But what has he done since 2006? Johan Santana literally fell into the Mets’ laps, so I refuse to give him credit for that trade. He has shown he can give out horrible contracts (Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo) and that he can stand pat while the starting rotation and bullpen clearly lack depth. I’m not sure how he survived the “Adam Rubin incident” last season, but it’s time for the Wilpons to pull the plug on the Minaya era.
Jerry Manuel did a nice job in 2008 when he replaced Willie Randolph, but how much of the Mets resurgence should be credited simply to the Mets making a change? You often see teams go on a run after a change in managers. The players do seem to like Jerry, and they have shown a nice ability to come back in games this season, so I’ll give him credit for the team having “fight.” However, Jerry clearly has issues when it comes to actually managing a game. Whether it be his lineup configurations, horrible managing of his bullpen, or emptying his bench before the 9th inning, Manuel has shown time and time again that he is a poor in-game manager. And considering that his title is Manager, it’s time for a change.
The coaching staff also needs an overhaul. Howard Johnson was my favorite Met growing up, so it pains me to say this, but HoJo needs to go. It’s not fair to pin a team’s offensive struggles solely on a hitting coach, but the Mets hitters clearly need a new voice and a new approach at the plate – hopefully one that involves making more contact (see David Wright, below). Dan Warthen also needs to go. What has he done with ANY of the Mets pitchers? Can you name one Met pitcher who seems to have blossomed under his watch? Neither can I.
I’m not going to go through the entire roster, because this could go on all day, but the Wilpons needs to bite the bullet and release Oliver Perez. I know it’s not easy to eat $20 million, but whether Perez is sitting at home, in the bullpen, in the minor leagues (if he ever accepts an assignment), or finds his way back in the rotation, the Mets have to pay him regardless. What is the best case scenario here? He does some work on the side, finds his way back into the rotation, and pitches a decent game? Maybe he pitches a few decent games? I think we’ve seen enough not to be fooled that “Good Ollie” will ever exist. Even if he pitches a gem or two, the “Real Ollie” will return and he’ll show he can’t find the strike zone or fight through adversity. Releasing Perez is the classic example of addition by subtraction. Here’s hoping the Wilpons know that equation.
Maybe a humiliating 4 game sweep at the hands of the Marlins will help Fred & Jeff realize that it’s time for changes. Major changes. Now.