With the exception of the tragic passing of Sandy Alderson’s father and the announcement that Mets Managerial Idol has entered the final round, there has been very little Mets news to get worked up over.
So if you haven’t noticed over the past few days I have asked your opinions which have ranged from ” Who is your least favorite Met of all time? – to ” What Met do you think was underrated/ overlooked ?”
Well now I am going to ask a rather subjective question because through the years the Mets have dived head first into the free agency pool with rather mixed results.
So my question is who do you think the Mets free agent signing in the 35 years since it was implemented ? By Te way, I will not accept the names Beltran or Bay as viable candidates so get over it ! Is it Bobby Bonilla – the man who promised that the New York Media ” Couldn’t wipe the smile off his face ” ( but the fans and official scorers drove him to wearing earplugs). Is it Moises Alou – a man who when healthy ( which was not often) was able to help propel the team to victory . Maybe it was Scott Schoenweiss, a great guy and team mate but he just couldn’t pitch well when the game was on the line . It can be somebody even more recent such as last years Japanese import – Ryota Irigashi. He made us wish the Mets offered Takahasi the two year contract . Then there is everyone’s favorite whipping boy – Oliver Perez. I know we didn’t sign Ollie away from a opposing team, but he technically was a free agent and he has been a total bust since we re-signed him.
For me the answer is simple , it had to be Vince Coleman. I was very wary when I first heard the news that he had signed with the Mets in ’91 I was furious. I always felt that he was the enemy from his days with the Cardinals ( it would be like signing Chase Utley today). Vince Coleman proved me right. in his two and a half seasons with the Mets he lallygagged it in the outfield, he didn’t hit much, and his base stealing abilities had eroded – which was his bread and butter. But I would have lived with that but when he threw that fire cracker into a crowd after a game in Los Angeles, seriously injuring a little girl – he in my opinion sealed his fate as the wort free agent signing in Mets history.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today are :
The man who is the only player to be elected in to the Hall of Fame, Tom Seaver is 66 (1944) . If there was ever a man who should be synonymous with the Mets it is Seaver! He is a true Mets icon and there have been very few pitchers to follow him that were anywhere near the caliber of player that he was !
Utilityman from the ’06 team, Eli Marrero is 37 (1973).
Relief pitcher from the ’00 season, Jim Mann is 36 (1974) .
Florida Marlins drafted reserve outfielder, Chris Donnels from the Mets on November 17, 1992.
New York Mets signed free agent and Brooklyn born outfielder, outfielder, John Cangelosi on November 17, 1993.
And while you are taking bets on who will be the next Mets manager , just remember that there are just 135 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami, and 142 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn gave a sigh of relief when he didn’tsee his name on this list !