Winning Strategies: Staying Out of the Loop
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The latest rumour is that Jerry is peeved that Omar the Idiot, playing minion to the Wilpons waning finances, made a fool of Jerry by cutting Duaner the day after Jerry had insisted there was hope for Duaner yet.
Omar, a competent GM? Surely yea jest!
I can't really say I disagree with dumping Duaner. We haven't got all summer to find out if he's going to reach pre-accident performance levels and frankly, you've got to consider he was hardly setting the world aflame with his pre-Met performances with the Diamondbacks, Pirates or Dodgers. I reckon the cab crash merely knocked him back to the level of mediocrity he was most comfortable at.
Nevertheless, Jerry's mouth was forced fed his own foot by Omar and Jerry is not at all pleased. Bully for Jerry. Don't take management's bullshit. Omar is a GM who, flush with cash, is a champion at making obvious free agent signings. He also occasionally guesses correctly on players who one might normally consider marginal. But his fatal flaw to date is of course that every team he has put together lately is deficient somewhere. 2006, the glaring flaw was Manager Willie, an Omar choice. 2007, a rubbish bullpen, and heavy reliance on ageing, oft-injured former stars who were more qualified as pensioners than every day Major League players. 2007, same problems, unaddressed and ignored in the publicity storm of signing Johan Santana.
Jerry shares a chuckle with K-Rod over the idea of Omar making bullpen decisions
Come to think of it, considering the bullpens Omar has built over the last several years, how does he qualify to continue making decisions on the bullpen? Jerry's instincts are more reliable at this point, if for no other reason than a lack of qualitative research against that possibility.
So maybe, just maybe, Jerry will be proved right, Duaner will spend the second half of the season thriving for some NL East rival and the Mets will end up yet again with someone else's size 11s in their face.
You've got to wonder what spot in the rotation or bullpen Tim Redding is trying to qualify for. In his Grapefruit League debut he gave up nine runs and eight hits, including three homers, in two innings.
And hey, good news, Santana Survived to pitch another day.
Oops! Looks like Duaner is back