Perspective

44As long as I was pointing out local media figures preying on what they considered to be a demanding and impatient fan base and poking the Mets with sticks to make a few headlines, I felt I should also point out that Mike Vaccaro of the Post has been providing a steady counterpoint more to my way of thinking.

I wouldn’t necessarily agree with everything in this column, but compared to what John Harper’s been shoveling this week in the News, it’s a welcome contrast and — would you believe?  — perspective.

Numerically related content: Jason Bay wore 38 with the Pirates and most recently, 44 with the Red Sox. Fernando Nieve (I liked him quite a bit in his brief stay last year) owns the former at the moment while the latter went back on the market last week when the Mets declined to offer salary arbitration to disappointing signee Tim Redding.

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by 9th string catcher (not verified) on Thu, 12/17/2009 – 5:12pm.
    Seems like Omar’s counting on his players recovering from injury. Feels more like a rebuilding season based on the approach here. Do you think that’s the case?

    Maybe I’m too optimistic

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Thu, 12/17/2009 – 11:00pm.
    I don’t see any problem with counting on returns to form by Reyes and Beltran and Santana. It’s not like moving any of them now would get you near to replacing their “healthy” selves, so there’s really not much of a choice either.

    To the extent that a 20-win swing in the standings is pretty extraordinary, I’d consider this a rebuilding year. I just don’t think the Mets need to be bullied into emptying their wallets for John Lackey because an out-of-touch columnist needs to be convinced the Mets won;t accept anything less than a championship. A consuming need to “make a statement” with offseason moves is what leads to offseasons like last year’s, when the Mets did a great job of acknowledging columnist gripes but ultimately almost nothing to solve them.

    I hope they can lay off Molina. I’d be happy to see them get Bay. I think they might best address pitching through the trade market where guys like Harang, Meche or Lowe can be had at a small cost in talent.

    Appier and Bonilla

    Submitted by gored82 on Fri, 12/18/2009 – 11:30am.
    I agree with your view of Vaccaro’s column, but I disagree with hie view of Appier and (I know I’m in the minority on this one) Bonilla…following is the comment I posted with the column…

    It’s wrong to lump Kevin Appier in the same group as Bonilla…in 2001, Appier was 11-10, 3.57, 181 hits allowed in 206.2 IP, and nearly as many strikeouts (172) as hits allowed…all very respectable numbers from a solid pitcher…the mistake was not in signing him, but in trading him a year later for Mo Vaughn…

    For that matter, Bonilla was unfairly maligned by many people…after a rough first season adapting to New York, which is not uncommon, he posted very solid numbers, was one of the team’s best hitters, and had a great attitude about playing any position he was asked to, be it 1B, 3B, or OF…the problem with him was one of expectations, since he was essentially signed as a replacement for Darryl Strawberry, and that was not his fault…

    Interesting idea by Klapisch

    Submitted by gored82 on Sat, 12/19/2009 – 9:50pm.
    What does anyone think of this idea? http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/klapisch-mets-should-trade-santana-12

    It doesn’t make any sense

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Sun, 12/20/2009 – 7:51am.
    He argues on the one hand that Santana would bring some bonanza of talent in a trade then goes on to say he’s not worth his contract anyway. He acknowledges the list of potential suitors would be a short one but ignores the fact that none of them made a real move for Halladay. He says the Mets are loaded with unmoveable contracts when only Perez and maybe K-Rod would fit that description. His facts are wrong (Santana had surgery in 09, not 08). He says the Mets’ problem is that they’re too easily pushed around then proceeds to dare them to trade their best player because off-season stadium tours aren’t drawing well. What?

    I think he’s right that the club has been guilty to a degree of believing its own good reviews. He’s also right that dangling Wright or Reyes would be the real way to attract attention, but then he’s too big of a pussy to come out and advocate that.

    I guess the theme here is no

    Submitted by 9th string catcher (not verified) on Sun, 12/20/2009 – 11:20am.
    I guess the theme here is no stupid moves. I’m down with that. Giving up the world for Lackey or trading the core talent of the franchaise would probably qualify. The fact is, a number 2 pitcher and a little more offense in LF and 1b + return of the core players will probably mean contention for a Wild Card. Latest rumblings is that Delgado’s coming back. Thoughts?

    I guess the theme here is no

    Submitted by 9th string catcher (not verified) on Sun, 12/20/2009 – 11:21am.
    I guess the theme here is no stupid moves. I’m down with that. Giving up the world for Lackey or trading the core talent of the franchaise would probably qualify. The fact is, a number 2 pitcher and a little more offense in LF and 1b + return of the core players will probably mean contention for a Wild Card. Latest rumblings is that Delgado’s coming back. Thoughts?

    Bay

    Submitted by Gene F. on Wed, 12/30/2009 – 1:24pm.
    Bay 8, representing Dyker Heights

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