This was in the comments, but I think Sparks makes a good argument using my own words (the quote in the first line). Â What does everyone think?
â€œNo, the Mets canâ€™t go into rebuilding mode. Not in this town in this decade.â€
Uh, exactly what do they have to lose at this point? Half the entries to this blog are about how big a joke the franchise has become and how the fans simply arenâ€™t buying what the Mets are selling anymore. What difference does it make if people arenâ€™t buying tickets because the team is in transition or theyâ€™re not buying tickets simply because the team is altogether broken? At least the former option offers one some hope.
Wilpon just got named the worst owner in the game by _Forbes_. Is his â€œbrandâ€ going to suffer any more if he actually looks toward a long-term solution instead of pretending thereâ€™s not a problem?
Honestly, at this point, today, what do they really have to lose by blowing it upâ€“from the top down; thatâ€™s importantâ€“and putting it back together? Any combination of Wright, Reyes, and Santana would make a pretty good foundation to build upon. Somebody just has to put the right pieces around them, and Iâ€™d much rather accept that that will take a few years to do the right way than be forced to tolerate any more of Mr. Autonomyâ€™s pitiful attempts at solving problems months after theyâ€™ve already arisen.
In this article, the Sports Money blog of Forbes magazine says:
Baseball’s worst owner? Always tough to say, given how subjective the arguments can be. But the Mets’ Fred Wilpon is certainly making a good run at it.
The article says that the Mets are flawed because they think New York won’t tolerate a rebuild, and that the Mets are obsessed with the Yankees.
I understand the sentiment, and it is one I used to share, but here in the 2010’s I disagree. Â There’s way too many other things to spend money on, including the Yankees. Â There’s a generation of future fans at stake. Â There’s a 24/7 news cycle that goes beyond the 20 years of sports radio now. Â You may have heard about this internet thing.
Baseball was once our passive soap opera. Â Something you watched on Channel 9 on a summer night. Â Now baseball season never ends, and the Mets can be the lead story every day. Â As I wrote in the article below, it’s all about how consumers spend their cash. Â No, the Mets can’t go into rebuilding mode. Â Not in this town in this decade.
That doesn’t mean the team is doomed. Â They just need a new person to run the show.
Wow back to back Big League Stew links. Â BLS has an interesting article that answers the question, will David Wright hit home runs this year? Â You may be semi-disappointed.
Meanwhile, to be truly disappointed, see what Buster Olney has tweeted about the Mets budget, via Amazin Avenue.
I didn’t see this one while making the rounds. Â Blue cap tip to Big League Stew. Oh man, I hate hearing this:
It is a six-bedroom, eight-bath mansion that was once vandalized, littered with beer bottles and dog feces, spewed raw sewage, and close to being deemed a biological hazard.
Lenny Dykstra’s southern California mansion has been put on the market….
Can we have the skinny charming Lenny back, not the freak-show that appeared in Philadelphia? Â Can we untrade for Juan Samuel?
As part of the new design I’ve been trying to keep the non-Mets stuff off this site.
I frequently retweet items of interest @metspolice. Â You may choose to follow me on twitter, or just read the sidebar on the right.
The non-Mets stuff is going on Shannon’s Other Blog which I’m treating as my casual blog. Â It doesn’t have a real design, or a proper name, but for now it’s “where the stories that don’t belong on Mets Police wind up.”
I may use it more heavily during Super Bowl and Olympics, we’ll see.
In the meantime you may want to check out the SOB for the following stories:
– New Stadium Insider’s Yankee Policing, a ticket agent was feisty with a non-renewer.
– a good idea to move the Negro League Museum to Cooperstown
– something I really support: Save Yankee Stadium Gate 2
and some other stuff related to sports and media (how to save sports sections, the FCC changing the rules so Cablevision can’t horde MSG-HD)
check it out if interested in any of those.