Posted in News and Notes, Opinion, tagged Adam Rubin, Binghampton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, David Wright, Francisco Rodriguez, Johan Santana, Jose Coronado, Jose Reyes, New York Daily News, New York Mets, Omar Minaya, Tony Bernazard on July 28, 2009|
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The last couple weeks have added a new wrinkle to a 2009 Mets season that most fans are already trying to forget. Forget injuries to Reyes, Delgado and Beltran, or six home runs from David Wright, how about a member of the front office trying to throw down with two players on separate occasions, and the ensuing battle between GM Omar Minaya and New York Daily News reporter Adam Rubin.
About ten days before the All-Star Break, Bernazard took off his shirt and challenged the AA affiliate Binghampton Mets to a fight, specifically Jose Coronado. While news of the event did not really surface until last week, it blew up in the tabloids and the Mets launched an investigation. While this investigation was ongoing, Bernazard also got into a confrontation with star closer Francisco Rodriguez. While Rodriguez did admit to it happening, he refused to elaborate on the event. I do not know about you, but if I am already under investigation for inappropriate behaviour, the last thing I want to do is get into a fight with the star free agent pitcher.
Barnazard has been under intense scrutiny for the Mets failures this year, and it appears the pressure finally got to him. The team has been unable to replace key injuries from within, resulting in a disappointing 47-51 record, ahead of only the lowly Nationals in the NL East. The AAA Buffalo Bisons are in last place in the International League at 37-61, while the AA Mets are also last in the Eastern League with a 39-61 record.
After the entire saga with Bernazard was wrapped up, Minaya proceeded to get in a war of words with Daily News reporter Adam Rubin, accusing him of trying to wiggle his way into a front office job by discrediting the current members of the staff. Rubin was the man who reported the Bernazard stories, and denies Minaya’s accusations.
While I have all of the respect in the world for Minaya, it appears he has lost control of the franchise, and despite a roster that includes stars like Beltran, Reyes, Delgado, Wright, Rodriguez and Johan Santana, has only made one playoff appearance since their Subway Series loss to the Yankees in 2000. The secondary talent is simply not there to support the star players. I think it is time for the Mets to make some changes at the top of the organization as well as on the field, and Bernazard’s head may be just the first to role.
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Posted in Opinion, tagged Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Myers, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Zambrano, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Elijah Dukes, Jack Wilson, John Smoltz, Manny Ramirez, Melvin Mora, Milton Bradley, Roberto Clemente, Roger Clemens, Ron Artest on May 28, 2009|
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Quick, name me one of the last five players to win the Roberto Clemente Award. Bet you could not do it. Edgar Martinez, John Smoltz, Carlos Delgado, Craig Biggio and Albert Pujols. Why is this significant? I bet you can name the pitcher who earned a six game suspension this week for losing it on a Gatorade cooler, the guy who was suspended fifty games for testing positive for a female fertility drug, and the player who last year charged up to the broadcast booth to attack an announcer who he felt had disrespected him on the air. This trio of course consists of Carlos Zambrano, Manny Ramirez and Milton Bradley.
In today’s media driven sports world, the malcontents and divas of baseball get way too much air time (I have not even mentioned Roger Clemens, A-Rod, Elijah Dukes, Brett Myers and a slew of other players making headlines for all the wrong reasons), while good guys like Melvin Mora, who distributes baseball equipment in his native Venezuela, fly under the radar. In fact, if you type “MLB players charity work” into Google, three of the first six results are about Dukes being suspended by the Nationals.
I am not trying to be hypocritical here, because I will admit I get a good chuckle when I hear about the latest shenanigans of guys like Bradley and Ron Artest. However, this does not mean there is not enough web space to also recognize guys like Jack Wilson, who has been nominated by the Pirates for the Roberto Clemente award four years running for his work in the Pittsburgh community.
The Picture Speaks For Itself
Everyone knows about Clemente’s charitable work for earthquake victims in his home country of Nicaragua, so why not Mora for his work in South America? I certainly hope it would not take his death in a plane crash to get a little publicity. In today’s world where negative role models like T.O, Jon and Kate, and Amy Winehouse (I cannot name one of her songs but for some reason know who she is) dominate the headlines, take some time to recognize athletes who are making a positive contribution to the world.
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