>Lupica Checks Out Third Rail

> Minaya was asked about another perception – rather insulting – that the Hispanic players come to him instead of Randolph, as if they are all members of some secret Hispanic club.

“That,” Minaya said, “is ridiculous.”



>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


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.

>The Quotable Minaya


Omar Minaya on hamstrings:
“We’re definitely going to be more conservative with him, with hamstrings, you just never know. We’ve got to be careful.”

On head injuries:
“We’ve been cautious, and we will continue to be cautious”

On how time consuming it can be to test a player with head injuries:
“My understanding is that it’s a long test,” he said. “If I’m not mistaken, it’s about a half-hour or more.”

On the manager:
“I think the team responds to Willie. I do.”

On the team:
“I think we have championship talent. There’s a difference between championship talent and a championship team”

On joking around about the team owned cable network and some other things:
“I’m a believer of being in a good mood and staying positive,” Minaya said. “Be yourself and be positive. I’m pretty sure he was joking. For me, joking about things, that’s baseball.”

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