Bloggers Leaving Mets for Rays!

USA Today reports:

The New York Mets may have held on to a manager this week, but they’ve lost a blog.

The club that collapsed during last year’s pennant chase, is struggling this year and has a manager (Willie Randolph) on the hot seat, has been fired by one corner of the Internet.

After three years of following New York’s National League team, Eric Simon and his cohorts, who operate the Mets Geek blog, announced they’d had enough.

Simon and crew have switched their allegiance to the Tampa Bay Rays and renamed the blog Rays Geek.

http://www.metsgeek.com/articles/2008/05/27/welcome-to-raysgeek/

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>Omar Watch

>They call me cranky, but in the end I’m always right.

People are beginning to understand that Pedro is 7-5 since June 2006!

Omar, you should have gotten out of this mess on Monday – now everyone is mad at you too!

Here’s some good stuff from a Florida paper.

It was Minaya, the Mets general manager, who overpaid Pedro Martinez, foolishly giving him a four-year contract when everyone knew he was on the verge of physically breaking down and wouldn’t get past the first two seasons.

It was Minaya who spent $100 million to bring Carlos Beltran to Queens, where he has done nothing to live up to his paycheck.
It was Minaya who wanted Carlos Delgado and Luis Castillo and Moises Alou, none of whom are playing the way Mets fans hoped when the team left Port St. Lucie two months ago.
Delgado, 35 and aging fast, went into Tuesday night’s game batting a paltry .215. Castillo, who too often plays older than his 32 years, was batting .259. Alou, who will turn 42 in July, has spent all but 14 games on the disabled list.
Then there’s Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, who claims to be 38 and hasn’t thrown a pitch this season because of a foot injury.

>Davidoff Correctly Forsees Doom

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By combining a large payroll, aging players and a shallow farm system with their difficult start to the 2008 season, the Mets have created a high-stakes scenario for themselves.

Great stuff, including this question:

Who forms the nucleus of this Mets team for 2009 and beyond?

Not ending the Willie Watch seems to have started the Omar Watch. The fanbase is very very unhappy. A new stadium alone won’t do it – any new stadium buzz will be overshadowed by the House That Yes Built.
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