What Letting Go of Fernando Martinez Means To Me

10 01 2012

When I first read the news that Fernando Martinez had been placed on waivers, I was torn on how to react. Any Mets fan will tell you that F-Mart (as many called him) was ‘supposed’ to be the future, when the Mets were already a middle-of-the-pack team. His scouting reports had him being compared to former greats, and the Mets turning down some good offers for him. But as the years pressed on, and the injuries piled up, Fernando has quickly become a whisper in the winds of change that currently surround the Mets franchise.

Fernando’s placement on the waiver block symbolizes a lot for me, personally, as a Mets fan. For years, the mirage of success was always clouded by the touting of Fernando Martinez. But whenever Fernando was plagued by injuries down on the farm, it seemed as if the club in Queens found themselves experiencing quite the injury bug. You see, Fernando Martinez being placed on waivers represents more than just a highly-touted prospect that failed to live up to his potential due to a barrage of injuries. Fernando Martinez being placed on waivers represents more than just the last remaining failure of Omar Minaya’s time in Queens. For me, Fernando Martinez being placed on waivers represents the end of a rough, injury and failure-filled cycle, and the beginning of a new ‘unknown’… a fresh start… a do-over… an NES Reset Button without having to blow into the cartridge.

I don’t expect the Mets to compete in 2012, and they may not even compete through 2013, but this is a good start. Forget the Wilpons (who I wish would give up and sell already) and forget the money trouble. Change needs to happen, and it’s still only just beginning with this move. It’s time move on, and Sandy is making that happen. Here’s to rebuilding!


The Shifting Definition of Draft Performance

6 12 2011

Last week, I posted a bit of sarcasm on my Facebook page in response to the news of Omar Minaya’s new job in San Diego. I’ve never been a huge fan of Minaya, stemming from his not-so-magical run as GM of “Los Mets” (we all know how his run ended). Granted, he wasn’t hired by the Padres as a GM, but to see him back on the job makes me feel a little bad for San Diego. A friend of mine commented on my link and suggested that Omar “drafted okay” in terms of his performance as Mets GM. That sparked an interesting debate on Omar’s drafting performance based on his ‘Top Picks’ in each of his years as GM. In the end, we realized that both view ‘drafting success’ a bit differently.

This morning, my friend put up an in-depth post over at Mack’s Mets, analyzing Minaya’s “Top 30 Picks” over his years as Mets GM. Now that the focus of the debate has shifted to his “Top 30 Picks”, my opinion on the subject of Minaya’s drafting performance changed, but not drastically. I come from the “what have you done for me lately” school of thought, and in my mind, Minaya’s drafting performance has produced, count it, two well-performing major leaguers in Jon Neise and Ike Davis. I could add Dillon Gee to that list, but he’s not a Top 30 Pick, so lets see how he adds on to his eye-opening 2011 performance in the upcoming season. You can read my full opinion in my friend’s writeup.

So I raise the question to my readers: How do you define “Draft Performance”?

A Mets Fan, Rejuvenated

29 01 2008

At about 4:22pm, I received a Google Chat IM from my friend, Zac. He promptly informed me that the Mets have officially landed Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins, in exchange for Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra, and Kevin Mulvey. Did I believe him at first? Not a chance. But when he sent me this link, I almost jumped out of my chair and through the roof! So, in celebration of this awesome move by Omar Minaya, I am writing the following letter to Johan Santana, and sharing a sweet video with all of you!

“Dear Johan,

I have nothing inspirational to say, so I’ll start and finish with…. Welcome to New York!

A Rejuvenated Mets Fan”

Willie and Omar Have Answers

7 10 2007


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