The New York Mets went unconventional this past offseason and three months into the season, it’s already time to blow it all up.
Sure, Brodie Van Wagenen (BVW) has only been the New York Mets general manager for seven months, but with the team exhibiting much of the same characteristics since before the BVW era perhaps it’s time for the Wilpons to take the “L” here and start all over again… again.
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While some have projected a sense of radical change in BVW, the fact of the matter is that what he provides the Mets with is just more of the same. Just take a look at his offseason moves.
With better players available in free agency, he settles Jed Lowrie (instead of DJ LeMahieu), Jeurys Familia (instead of Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, and David Robertson), and signs off on a blockbuster trade that brings Edwin Diaz and an aging Robinson Cano to New York.
All of this has resulted in a Mets team that sits NINE games behind in the division; FIVE games behind – in the loss column – in the Wild Card; and only FIVE games better than the Miami Marlins in the loss column.
Also, BVW has demonstrated that he simply hasn’t evolved with an everchanging sport and the advent of advanced stats. In fact, he fires a pitching coach in Dave Eiland who’s won TWO championships on TWO different teams and brings in an 82-year-old ex-teammate of Sandy Koufax as his replacement.
What’s more, after an incident in which New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas threatened a reporter, the team opts to fine Callaway and Vargas without suspension. As part of the repercussions, Callaway and Vargas were to apologize to the media for their actions.
This, in typical Mets fasion, doesn’t go exactly as planned. Not only does Vargas issue a brief, non-apology that lasted all but 20-seconds, Callaway has to address the media TWICE because the first time he didn’t apologize.
At some point, something’s gotta change with this franchise and the only solution, at this point, is to go full-Marlins and blow it all up. “Light a match,” as Henry Hill says in Goodfellas.
We discuss this in Episode #99 and more on the Welcome to THE SHOW podcast!
Episode #99 Contents
(Intro) Is America “Safe and Sanitary”
(18:17) Life on Mars?
(25:48) Are the Knicks Finally on the Right Track?
(38:45) New York Mets: Time to Blow it up?
(53:22) The World Series Dodgers & Pujols’ Farewell
(1:02:02) 2019 MLB All-Star Game Snubs
(1:09:45) Big Little Lies and more!