The Baseball Owners of New York

They gave us absolutely nothing this season.  At every turn it has been a colossal disappointment.  The rotation was going to be one dreams are made of.  Perhaps they would be the best since the 1971 Baltimore Orioles that sported four 20 game winners.  Of course no one expects a 20 game winner in this modern age of pitching specialty but you get the point.  Were told runs would come in bunches. They did at times but there were many power outages along the way too.  The biggest culprit was the pitching staff, no doubt about it.  In games when scoring three runs or less, the Mets are a pathetic 4-40. Most teams have a losing record when scoring three or less but a .91 winning percentage says a whole lot.

With the expectations for both New York teams back in the spring, what Mets fan couldn’t wait for these four subway series games?  This is when the Mets would complete the transition from a Yankees town to a Mets town.  Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey, and Matz might just shut those Yankees out for four games in a row.  How naïve and stupid we can be.  Did you actually think the New York baseball gods would allow such a thing?

Do you realize the Yankees have not had a losing season since 1992?  Since then they never finished less than six games over .500 and that was just twice.  I’ve lost count of how many times the Yankees have been in the playoffs since.  Even during their alleged rebuild of the last few seasons while waiting for astronomical contracts to expire, the Yankees still continued to contend  playing winning baseball.  If retained memoires start around five years old, there are thirty year old Yankee fans that have never experienced a losing season.  That’s astonishing and frankly a marvel of sports business.

Then of course, there’s the Mets.

While we heard the propaganda of how the Mets farm system would be rebuilt and stars would be abounding, the Yankees quietly actually did it.  Call me cynical but I’m beginning to believe that no one will ever be able to turn the Mets into a perennial contender, maybe not even Theo Epstein, the greatest general manager of our time.  We had our once-per-decade playoff appearance in 2015 and a bonus wildcard game in 2016. What more can a Mets fan expect?

The New York Mets remain a New York sports punching bag, much like football’s Jets and basketball’s Knicks.  Always promise—rarely fulfilled.   I know I am being unfair to the likes of Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, and Dominic Smith.  The latter two look promising and Conforto is on his way to being a star much the way David Wright did in the mid-2000s.  I know the Mets signed an exceptional five tool talent in Yoenis Cespedes and still do have a potential starting staff that can compete with any team.  The problem is that outside of 2015, the Mets have been unable to put it all together.  Chronic injuries to key players continue to plague this team.  Why?  What is with the medical and conditioning staff of this club?

The Yankees have injuries too.  Clint Frazier, Matt Holiday, Greg Bird, and Starlin Castro are all on the DL but yet the Yanks continue to hang in there with call-ups. Who are the Mets calling up to help them out, Matt Reynolds?

So while the Yankees have won the first three games of the home and home subway series, we hang on to news that Matt Harvey threw three scoreless innings in Brooklyn and Jeurys Familia threw a scoreless inning in St. Lucie.  Pop the champagne, some positive news.  Let’s all celebrate.  By the way does anyone realize how bad the Mets farm teams are doing this year?

Except for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the only farm club that should make the playoffs, the other teams are flat out bad.  Not just bad, really bad.  The Yankee farm teams by contrast are all doing very well.  The AAA Las Vegas 51’s are in last place of their division in the Pacific Coast League, 15 games out.  The Scranton RailRiders, the Yanks’ AAA club has a 13 game lead in their division of the International League.  Binghamton sits in second place of the Eastern League comfortably in a playoff spot but they trail the Trenton Thunder (yes, the Yankees’ AA club) by 7.5 games.  The Florida State League – The Tampa Yankees in first, the St. Lucie Mets in last.  In the South Atlantic League—the Charleston RiverDogs (Yanks again) lead the division while the Columbia Fireflies (Mets) are tied for last.  The New York Penn League’s Staten Island Yankee are in first, 19.5 games ahead of the last place Brooklyn Cyclones.  Shall I go on?  The Pulaski Yankees of the Appalachian League, yep first place.  The Kingsport Mets, well not last place but next to last.  The Gulf Coast League Mets are also in last place.  Dreadful, simply dreadful.

Look, I know you can’t judge prospects simply based on win-loss records of minor league teams but consider that only Smith and Rosario were in the top 100 MLB prospects that came out earlier this season.  That list is littered with a slew of Yankee prospects.  The Mets have had higher draft picks but yet the Yankees have the better farm.  What does that say about Mets scouting?  Makes you think there is not much hope for the future and when the Mets’ front office always seems to be concerned about payroll you wonder how are they are ever going to get better.

It’s possible that next year, the rotation gets their act together, that the young players like Conforto, Rosario, and Smith continue to blossom and turn the Mets back into a playoff contender.  But after being so beat down by this organization that always promises big things and rarely delivers, it’s difficult to believe.  There is no more passionate a fan base than Mets fans.   They deserve so much more than is delivered by those in charge of this organization.

There is one more game for the Mets this season that will see a packed house.  That will be tonight when the Mets are likely once again embarrassed by the baseball owners of New York.

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