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Good things take time, one can’t rush through anything and expect the end result to be a good one.
Why can’t some people seem to realize this?
Mets fans all watched as Omar Minaya came in and made the quick fix, bringing together a team of veterans on large contracts that would eventually come within one game of winning the NL Pennant. These same fans also had the privilege of watching that very same team crumble and Omar Minaya lose his job.
The critical flaw of that team was also its strength: the amount of veterans. As the players became older they broke down, and were no longer worth their contracts. The list is long: Tom Glavine, Paul Lo Duca, Carlos Delgado, Pedro Martinez, Luis Castillo, Moises Alou, Billy Wagner, the list goes on and on. All of these signing were thrilling and were great for that 2006 team, but what about after that?
Many fans rightfully saw the problem with Minaya’s team building strategy, and called for his firing. When the new GM Sandy Alderson came in and promised to build a team the “right way,” he meant he was going to build by way of the farm system. He has began doing exactly that, but yet some of the same fans who blamed Minaya for lacking foresight, were now outraged that Sandy didn’t give up payroll flexibility for a player who has only played in 295 games over the last three seasons.
I would be lying if I told you that I wasn’t disappointed when I saw that Jose had signed with Miami, but I understood the move. The Mets now have room to develop young players who can be a part of the next great Mets team, such as Ruben Tejada, and Jordanny Valdespin.
He’s not the only Mets GM to take this route, guess who this following excerpt from the Chicago Tribune is talking about:
His first four seasons, his teams finished a combined 107 games under .500, and most of New York was ready to hang him by his ever-present bow tie.
He had traded Jeff Reardon for Ellis Valentine. (Oof.) He had Dave Kingman stumbling around at first base. (Ugh.) And he forgot to protect Tom Seaver in the free-agent compensation draft. (Arrgh.)
He talked incessantly of his burgeoning farm system and of the better days ahead. He preached patience, patience, patience.
And the good people of New York, being the compassionate and understanding kind of folks they are, wanted to shove him under the next subway train.
If you guessed Frank Cashen, you were right.
So before we begin to call for Sandy’s job, why don’t we all just sit back, be patient, and remember that good things take time.