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The Mets get messier

Posted on: July 27, 2009 3:23 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2009 7:02 pm
What a year it's been for the Mets.

What a day it's been for the Mets.

They haven't made a trade. They haven't (yet) lost another game, or (yet) lost another player to injury.

All they have done, once again, is prove how much of a mess they are.

They sent general manager Omar Minaya out for a press conference to explain why assistant GM Tony Bernazard was being fired, and in the middle of it Minaya bizarrely accused New York Daily News Mets beat writer Adam Rubin of having an agenda because he (Rubin) wanted a job in the Mets organization. That led to an angry and uncomfortable exchange -- during the press conference -- between Minaya and Rubin.

Minaya also insisted that the decision to fire Bernazard was his (hard to believe), and also that the decision was only loosely connected to the many stories Rubin wrote the last week in the Daily News (even harder to believe).

Minaya doesn't do press conferences well. We knew that already.

The Mets don't do firings well. Remember, last year they allowed Willie Randolph to fly to California, then fired him in the middle of the night.

But this one should have been simple. Bernazard was unusually powerful for someone who was an assistant general manager, but he was still just an assistant GM. While he's well-known in baseball (and not particularly well-liked), he wasn't a big name nationally.

The only way this could become a significant story nationally was for Minaya to make himself a bigger part of the story -- which he did.

Most people who know the Mets believe that Bernazard was fired because the Mets were growing increasingly uncomfortable with the bad publicity he was generating. Bernazard had a close relationship with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, but in the end that wasn't enough to save him.

Many people in baseball (and some in the Mets organization) celebrated his downfall, because they consider him to be a bully. Others, who like Bernazard, believe that he was able to take needed action when Minaya wouldn't.

Today, Minaya may be in need of someone to do more dirty work for him.

Bernazard is no longer available.

If you want to watch highlights (lowlights) of the press conference or Rubin's reaction, they are posted here on the SNY website.
Category: MLB

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Since: Jul 7, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2009 2:42 pm

Fire Minaya

What the Mets really need to do is get rid of Omar Minaya. He is the worst with media relations, continues to keep trainers after 1/2 his team gets hurt, and then blames a reporter for the Mets troubles.
Los Mets suck!!!

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2009 2:15 pm

The Mets get messier

He was an assistant enforcer to Omar. A bully. He was never an assistant to anyone before and never will again.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2009 12:57 pm

The Mets get messier

I thought you said the Mets get Messier...I was actually excited for a second.  We could use the Captain to come in here and shake things up.  And he can't be any worse than some of our bench players at the plate - doesn't take much skill to bounce one softly to second nine out of 10 at bats (Alex Cora).  And when things get real tense he can drop the gloves and take out the opposing team's best player (wouldn't you enjoy seeing Messier charge Cole Hamels?).  Sadly, this article was the complete opposite of getting Messier and his great leadership, it was about keeping our current inept leadership (albeit minus Bernazard - who I never really figured out his role).

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