Omar’s Transaction Record

Thanks to Cyclonesfan for this one. The Mets Police also will pass along without any commentary or talent evaluation. We hereby present some general information for others to discuss:

I offer this list to you for the Mets Police without any commentary or talent evaluation

Mets transactions under GM Omar Minaya

Free Agent Signings
Hispanic player signings – 20 of 44 (45.5 %)
(by comparison, 29.4% of MLB players are Hispanic)

December 16, 2004 Pedro Martinez
December 22, 2004 Ramon Castro
December 23, 2004 Juan Padilla
December 28, 2004 Tim Hamulack
Manny Aybar
Chris Woodward
January 7, 2005 Marlon Anderson
January 8, 2005 Dae-Sung Koo
January 10, 2005 Miguel Cairo
January 11, 2005 Carlos Beltran
January 18, 2005 Roberto Hernandez
January 28, 2005 Mike Matthews
March 1, 2005 José Santiago
March 8, 2005 Brian Daubach
March 29, 2005 Kelly Stinnett
March 31, 2005 Mike DiFelice
June 8, 2005 José Offerman
June 11, 2005 Danny Graves
June 29, 2005 Lino Urdaneta
August 12, 2005 Shingo Takatsu
November 29, 2005 Billy Wagner
December 9, 2005 Julio Franco
December 12, 2005 José Valentin
December 21, 2005 Chad Bradford
December 22, 2005 Endy Chavez
January 19, 2006 Darren Oliver
January 24, 2006 Jeremi Gonzalez
February 14, 2006 José Lima
February 28, 2006 Pedro Feliciano
March 1, 2006 Willie Collazo
April 26, 2006 Michael Tucker
May 30, 2006 Mike DiFelice
August 24, 2006 Kelly Stinnett
November 16, 2006 Damion Easley
November 20, 2006 Moises Alou
December 19, 2006 Chip Ambres
January 5, 2007 David Newhan
January 16, 2007 Jorge Sosa
Scott Schoeneweis
January 25, 2007 Aaron Sele
February 9, 2007 Chan Ho Park
February 19, 2007 Sandy Alomar
March 31, 2007 Ricky Ledee
May 9, 2007 Brian Lawrence

Trades involving the acquisition of a Hispanic ballplayer – 14 of 26 (53.8 %)

December 3, 2004 Mike Stanton to the New York Yankees for Felix Heredia
January 6, 2005 Vance Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for Anderson Hernandez
January 26, 2005 Ian Bladergroen to the Boston Red Sox for Doug Mientkiewicz
March 20, 2005 Jason Phillips to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Kaz Ishii
April 2, 2005 Matt Ginter to the Detroit Tigers for Steve Colyer
November 18, 2005 Mike Cameron to the San Diego Padres for Xavier Nady
November 24, 2005 Mike Jacobs, Yusmiero Petit and Grant Psomas to the Florida Marlins for Carlos Delgado
December 5, 2005 Dante Brinkley and Gaby Hernandez to the Florida Marlins for Paul Lo Duca
January 4, 2006 Jae Seo and Tim Hamulack to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll
January 21, 2006 Kris Benson to the Baltimore Orioles for John Maine and Jorge Julio
May 24, 2006 Jorge Julio to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Orlando Hernandez
May 25, 2006 Robert Manuel to the Cincinnati Reds for Dave Williams
May 26, 2006 Jeremi Gonzalez to the Milwaukee Brewers for Mike Adams
June 9, 2006 Kaz Matsui to the Colorado Rockies for Eli Marrero
July 19, 2006 Jeff Keppinger to the Kansas City Royals for Ruben Gotay
July 31, 2006 Xavier Nady to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez
August 22, 2006 Evan MacLane to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Shawn Green
August 30, 2006 Victor Diaz to the Texas Rangers for Mike Nickeas
November 15, 2006 Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the San Diego Padres for Ben Johnson and Jon Adkins
November 20, 2006 Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom to the Florida Marlins for Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick
December 6, 2006 Brian Bannister to the Kansas City Royals for Ambiorix Burgos
July 30, 2007 Drew Butera and Dustin Martin to the Minnesota Twins for Luis Castillo
August 20, 2007 Jose Castro and Sean Henry to the Cincinnati Reds for Jeff Conine
November 20, 2007 Guillermo Mota to the Milwaukee Brewers for Johnny Estrada
November 30, 2007 Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for Brian Schneider and Ryan Church
February 2, 2008 Philip Humber, Carlos Gomez, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra to the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana

46,788 Agree With Wagner

Some stuff on this off-day:

Alleged Attendance: 46,788 (81.5% full), as pictured left.

I like what Wagner said:

“Perez has honestly got to step up and know that we’ve just used every guy in our bullpen the night before. He can’t come out there and decide that gee, he hasn’t got it today, and so be it.”

I like this link with the Sam Kinison theme:

I like that Faith & Fear points out the Mets are 68-68 since May 30, 2007.

Mets Phony-Spin: Still Ignoring Giants

Wow. I can’t believe it. It’s as if New York never had a team that won 10 pennants and played at the Polo Grounds!

Green seats? Really? Green Seats are the shout out to the Giants? I’d like to thank the Orioles for honoring the Giants too.
Giants fans won’t be forgotten at Citi Field
Ken Davidoff

Gary Mintz of South Huntington, a Giants fan dating back to their days in the Polo Grounds, e-mailed me last week with this concern:”At the meeting of the New York Giants Baseball Nostalgia Society [recently], many of the members (all in their 60s through 80s) feel slighted that Mr. Wilpon has made Citi Field look like Ebbets Field and are honoring Jackie Robinson with the rotunda.”Granted, he is the owner of the team, and the one who pays the bills.

But the old-timers feel that since the Mets took the orange of the Giants when they were formed, something in the stadium should honor the N.Y. Giants, whether it be a section or the like.”That seemed like a reasonable question, so I took it to Mets COO Jeff Wilpon Tuesday. And Wilpon took me to Citi Field itself, to convey the message that, while the Dodgers – Fred Wilpon’s favorite team as a Brooklyn youth – do get the majority of the love, you long-time Giants fans were not forgotten.While I’m not quite old enough to have made it to the Polo Grounds, it seems that Mintz and his fellow Giants loyalists will be heartened by two elements of the new, impressive ballpark:The seats are dark green, just like those at the Polo Grounds.

(WHAT??? Are you kidding me??? Green Seats = Remember The Giants??? Please.)

This serves a direct tribute to the Mets’ first home, according to Dave Howard, the team’s executive vice president of business operations.Citi Field’s outfield features a plethora of unique angles and wall heights, as did the Polo Grounds. Consider this more of an indirect shout-out. “We looked at pictures of the Polo Grounds that made you think about it,” Wilpon said.Wilpon wanted me to see the outfield because it was hard for him to put into words, and even after seeing it, it’s difficult to describe it to you. The key area is right-centerfield. That’s where the fence slams on the breaks and takes a sharp turn. It’s not as deep as Fenway Park’s “triangle” in centerfield. It’s more of a right angle than a triangle. It should prove challenging for outfielders, and memorable for fans.Rightfield also has the upper-deck overhang in fair territory, reminiscent of the old Tiger Stadium, that should be manna to lefty pull hitters who can regularly put the ball in the air.The heights of the walls, too, stand out. The fence rises as high as 18 feet in left-centerfield, where it’s 379 feet from home plate, and then down to eight feet in dead center, which rests 408 feet from the batter’s box. In rightfield, where it’s about 370 feet for a homer, it’s back up to 14 feet.It’s anything but a perfect replica of the Polo Grounds. But it’s quirky like the Giants’ long-time home, and its uniqueness will strike you – and, the Mets hope, their opponents, once Carlos Beltran and his corner outfielders get the hang of it.”A lot of people said, ‘Why don’t you make it symmetrical?’ ” Jeff Wilpon said. “But symmetrical is not going to make it work. We want a homefield advantage.”They should have that, and the old-time New Yorkers should possess some sense of comfort that the Mets know they are the National League descendants of both the Dodgers and the Giants.The ballpark, by the way, is scheduled to be completed on Jan. 25 of next year, giving the Mets a healthy 10 weeks or so of room for error.


What About The Children Who Didn’t Have School?

NEW YORK: The start of Wednesday’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets was delayed 40 minutes after construction workers at the Mets’ new ballpark broke a water main.

The accident occurred less than an hour before the scheduled 1:10 p.m. start. It was quickly repaired, but Mets officials delayed the start to ensure that water service for restrooms and concession stands would be working.

Citi Field, where the Mets will begin play next season, is next to their current home, Shea Stadium.

Santana & Maine, pray for rain

Wow. 3:42pm. 9-0.
The Mets have two reliable staters.
Can’t wait to see the announced attendance. Lots of empty orange seats on SNY.
UPDATE 3:47. 12-0. Wow.