Thursday, October 16, 2014
THE MINAYA HORROR SHOW
It’s October, which means if you’re team isn’t in the playoffs, it’s making big moves off the field. After a disappointing 2014 campaign which saw the Yanks end 12 games back of the Baltimore Orioles, a big move is certainly needed to get the mojo back in the Bronx.
Though many BYB fans would have loved to have seen the door hit Cashman on the way out, one name seems to be circulating to help with their scouting in Latin America... and he isn't actually the extra help we we looking for. He could be described an actual downgrade. That name is Omar Minaya. If you aren’t familiar, Minaya was the GM of the Mets from 2004 to 2010.
His tenure with the club was a mixed bag—though Minaya was given ample cash to sign big talent like Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, and Carlos Beltran to the Mets roster, he also was criticized for depleting the Mets farm system and had some notable busts—as in the case of the $66 million outfielder Jason Bay, who left the lineup in his first season after a getting a concussion and never returned.
The most important metric though, is winning when it counts and bringing home the championship. And that is something the Mets were unable to accomplish under Minaya. After taking the team to within one game of the World Series in 2006, the Mets blew late season leads in the NL East and missed the playoffs in the years following their NLCS appearance.
Catcher Paul LoDuca, who played for the Mets in 2006 and 2007, did not have kind words to say about Minaya in a recent radio interview on WFAN stating, “The guy was an idiot. And he ended up making the franchise go backwards. Where the Mets have always made the mistake is they’ve always settled for mediocrity.”
After this season, one thing is clear—the Yankees do not need to be striving for mediocrity or moving backwards. Minaya’s reign at the Mets may not have been as awful as some make it out to be, but that doesn’t make him a fit for any solid position with the Yankees... scouting in Latin America included. The Yanks need proven winners, and the former Met just doesn’t seem to fit the bill.
--Alexis Garcia, BYB's "Eye on MLB" Columnist
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