Omar Minaya Fired As Mets General Manager

The New York Mets made a significant organizational change on Monday when general manager Omar Minaya was relieved of his duties. For Mets fans, the move is a long time coming after several years of heartbreak finishes and decreasing quality of play. For the front office, the move could lead to a shift in philosophy. In the end, Minaya's firing means there will be a new boss in the Big Apple.

Six years of the Omar Minaya regime can be summed up in one world: disappointment.

Minaya, the New York Mets vice president of baseball operations and general manager was fired on Monday after six years on the job. High profile free agent signings, plans for a new stadium, a run to Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series gave the Mets organization and fans plenty to feel positive about in the early years.

However, a painful regression over the last four seasons—including two astounding late-season collapses in 2007 and 2008—left Minaya's tenure in New York as one steeped in disappointment.

By the end of the 2010 season, it became clear the Mets could not continue their baseball operations with the same executive management.

The combination of four consecutive missed postseasons—despite one of the game's highest payrolls—the seemingly never-ending public relations disasters, which soured the fan base while a rash of injuries to top players dejected it, the well-publicized warts of the front office, and increasing malaise among fans spelled doom for Minaya.

All these aforementioned elements forced change away from perhaps the most hard to comprehend and, at times, the most embarrassing years of a marquee MLB franchise in recent memory—especially a franchise capable of more.

In some respects, the Mets issues became a clash of the front office and the fan base, with the demanding voice of the latter becoming greater in volume in its desire for change. Well Mets fans got their wish as Minaya exits the Mets organization.

In the end, it comes down to winning at the highest level and the Minaya simply did not get it done despite a roster which at its peak has the ability to field a number of All-Star caliber players. A 326-322 record over the last four seasons combined with the tangible feeling of a franchise stuck in the mud are not good enough for the Mets if the organization is serious about contending for the World Series.

Minaya does not exit without achievements. He inked the club's prize centerfielder in Carlos Beltran and a top-end closer in Francisco Rodriguez. He executed the trade that acquired Johan Santana for what eventually amounted to a collection minor league alsorans. He locked up Jose Reyes and David Wright to long term deals at the start of their respective primes.

Minaya also oversaw an improving farm system which, though it has a ways to go in continually fostering top, young talent, has paid dividends at the big league level with the likes of Ike Davis, Mike Pelfrey, Josh Thole, Bobby Parnell, Jenrry Mejia among others.

Yet, the luster of those positives was dulled by lethargy and apathy which simply became toxic over the last two seasons. There is a need for a shift in organizational philosophy and frankly the Mets cannot afford to come up short. With Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel out the door, the Mets have the opportunity and responsibility to start anew, but this is not an effort that can go only halfway.

The Mets need a philosophy which jolts the system with an energy that not only takes advantage of the Mets nearly unparalleled resources. Additionally, the Mets need to be targeted and disciplined from the ground up, including minor league player development, day-to-day operations, and a more judicious approach to spending free agent dollars.

The Mets should not resist such a change, for they are at a crossroads and cannot afford to let this opportunity to revamp and recharge the franchise and the fan base go by.

The results will not come overnight and may not come in one season, but that is okay. For now, harboring and developing a new culture in Queens is a necessary first step before any trophies can be hoisted. Even if they are early bumps under the new regime, something—anything—new, fresh and promising will be welcomed with at least an open mind from Mets fans if not yet open arms.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nSix years of the Omar Minaya regime can be summed up in one world: disappointment.
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\r\nMinaya, the New York Mets vice president of baseball operations and general manager was fired on Monday after six years on the job. High profile free agent signings, plans for a new stadium, a run to Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series gave the Mets organization and fans plenty to feel positive about in the early years.
\r\n
\r\nHowever, a painful regression over the last four seasons—including two astounding late-season collapses in 2007 and 2008—left Minaya's tenure in New York as one steeped in disappointment.
\r\n
\r\nBy the end of the 2010 season, it became clear the Mets could not continue their baseball operations with the same executive management.
\r\n
\r\nThe combination of four consecutive missed postseasons—despite one of the game's highest payrolls—the seemingly never-ending public relations disasters, which soured the fan base while a rash of injuries to top players dejected it, the well-publicized warts of the front office, and increasing malaise among fans spelled doom for Minaya.
\r\n
\r\nAll these aforementioned elements forced change away from perhaps the most hard to comprehend and, at times, the most embarrassing years of a marquee MLB franchise in recent memory—especially a franchise capable of more.
\r\n
\r\nIn some respects, the Mets issues became a clash of the front office and the fan base, with the demanding voice of the latter becoming greater in volume in its desire for change. Well Mets fans got their wish as Minaya exits the Mets organization.
\r\n
\r\nIn the end, it comes down to winning at the highest level and the Minaya simply did not get it done despite a roster which at its peak has the ability to field a number of All-Star caliber players. A 326-322 record over the last four seasons combined with the tangible feeling of a franchise stuck in the mud are not good enough for the Mets if the organization is serious about contending for the World Series.
\r\n
\r\nMinaya does not exit without achievements. He inked the club's prize centerfielder in Carlos Beltran and a top-end closer in Francisco Rodriguez. He executed the trade that acquired Johan Santana for what eventually amounted to a collection minor league alsorans. He locked up Jose Reyes and David Wright to long term deals at the start of their respective primes.
\r\n
\r\nMinaya also oversaw an improving farm system which, though it has a ways to go in continually fostering top, young talent, has paid dividends at the big league level with the likes of Ike Davis, Mike Pelfrey, Josh Thole, Bobby Parnell, Jenrry Mejia among others.
\r\n
\r\nYet, the luster of those positives was dulled by lethargy and apathy which simply became toxic over the last two seasons. There is a need for a shift in organizational philosophy and frankly the Mets cannot afford to come up short. With Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel out the door, the Mets have the opportunity and responsibility to start anew, but this is not an effort that can go only halfway.
\r\n
\r\nThe Mets need a philosophy which jolts the system with an energy that not only takes advantage of the Mets nearly unparalleled resources. Additionally, the Mets need to be targeted and disciplined from the ground up, including minor league player development, day-to-day operations, and a more judicious approach to spending free agent dollars.
\r\n
\r\nThe Mets should not resist such a change, for they are at a crossroads and cannot afford to let this opportunity to revamp and recharge the franchise and the fan base go by.
\r\n
\r\nThe results will not come overnight and may not come in one season, but that is okay. For now, harboring and developing a new culture in Queens is a necessary first step before any trophies can be hoisted. Even if they are early bumps under the new regime, something—anything—new, fresh and promising will be welcomed with at least an open mind from Mets fans if not yet open arms.
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