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“It was a lot more difficult than I realized it would be,” Francoeur said of returning to play the Braves less than a week after the trade. “I thought it was not going to be a big deal. It was difficult, but it was good to get out of the way. Now you go back in September and it’s just baseball. I said the moment we hopped on that plane out of Atlanta things were going to be a lot different for me.”
Still, it wasn’t a happy homecoming Tuesday night for the former Tottenville High School star out of Staten Island. Marquis, who arrived tied for the major-league lead with 12 victories, couldn’t add to that total in a 4-0 loss to the Mets at Citi Field.
Brian Costello, “Sizzling Mets Mow Down Rockies”
“I think everybody left here [Monday] thinking, ‘Hey, we’re going to make a run at this thing. We’re going to give it a shot,’ ” Pelfrey said. “I think everybody’s pretty confident that when Oct. 4 comes, we’re going to keep on playing.”
Jay Greenberg, “As Mistakes Pile Up, Omar Has To Go”
Minaya’s meltdown at Monday’s press conference to announce his firing of vice president of player personnel Tony Bernazardshould not be a survivable offense, not when it followed consecutive bad Septembers, bad contracts, a bad guy as a most trusted adviser, medical mishandlings and consistent failures to deliver a coherent message to an increasingly distrustful fan base.
You don’t judge Minaya on this season alone. Or on Bernazard. Or on one press conference. You are allowed to look at where you’ve been and where you’re going. Do that without apology. You’re either moving toward a championship or away from one.
Dan Martin, “Wilpon Not Happy, But Backs Minaya”
“Omar’s our general manager,” the Mets’ chief operating officer said. “Omar’s going to be our general manager.”
Anthony McCarron, “Mets’ Jose Reyes ‘Progressing’ But Still Not Running”
“Once he gets to that point, a day or so after that, he’ll probably play a game,” Manuel said. “He’s still progressing somewhat.” It’s unclear when Reyes might run the bases.
Michael Obernauer, “No Fight in Tony Bernazard This Time as Daily News Drops By For Visit”
Approached by a Daily News reporter at his Princetonhome Tuesday, Bernazard declined to comment on the firestorm of irascible behavior and Daily News reports that led to his firing from the Mets on Monday, but he did manage to force himself into a politeness that either has been recently discovered or else eluded Omar Minaya‘s vaunted human resources investigative team.
You have to admire Wilpon’s loyalty. But Minaya can’t recover from this. If the Mets were winning, they could tolerate bullies in the organization. It would hardly matter if that were the face of the organization. But they haven’t won anything since 1986, which makes having a bully at the helm even less tolerable.
Mike Vaccaro, “Wilpon Must Lead Troubled Mets”
Finally, at long last, it means Wilpon must prove that his reign will be as much about achievement as DNA, that he is an operator worthy of his lofty status on the corporate flow chart. No more can he seek glory in the shadows while deflecting blame like a goalkeeper. His team — his birthright — cries out for leadership, begs for direction, the kind that no third baseman can offer, the kind no manager can provide, the kind no general manager can give.
Update (10:45 a.m.): charlie_s brings us Wallace Matthews’ “Mets Haven’t Fired Minaya? Blame It On Madoff”
“He’s this close to being out of baseball,” Jeff Wilpon told me, holding his thumb and forefinger a half-inch apart.
Along with all the other damage the Madoff fiasco did to the Mets, add one more example: Omar Minaya. The Mets can’t win with him, can’t afford to let him go.