The suggestion that the New York Mets "intend to follow the Boston Red Sox template" is not news, but more of the same; more of what Sandy Alderson has been saying since Day One.
When Matt Harvey announced he would undergo Tommy John surgery and likely miss the entire 2014 season, the New York Mets were forced to rethink their off-season plans.
This is what the New York Mets were expecting: a middle-of-the-lineup right-handed power hitter who'd hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ runs; an above-average defensive left fielder with a strong throwing arm; a clubhouse leader and team player.
New York Mets manager Terry Collins could have leaned on any number of reasons to remove Frank Francisco as the closer, the most obvious being the two blown saves last weekend against the Miami Marlins. Instead, Collins did what any manager who is trying to build confidence in his players would do: he gave his closer a vote of confidence.
Hearing that assessment from an unbiased third party – not a Mets fan, a columnist or blogger – is a telling statement about what the rest of baseball thinks of Reyes. His bat is red hot. His health: never better. His stock is at an all-time high. As the Mets hopes for a post-season run wear thin, the plot thickens and the debate over Reyes' future in New York rages on.
Sandy Alderson knew New York would be a challenge. He knew it would take patience; he’s had to eat the elephant in Oakland and, later, in San Diego.
“We’re going to strive for consistency, but above all, excellence,” he told the media at a press conference last November.
No disrespect to New York Mets manager Terry Collins, who is making every effort to keep his focused amidst losing eight of their last nine games; no need to persecute Sandy Alderson, his decision to cut ties with Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez were good first steps to cleaning up the mess in New York; no point in knee-jerk reactions when the season is 13 games old. There is no need to worry – if you don’t mind the truth.
When New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes smiles all of Flushing smiles too. After Reyes returned to Port St. Lucie last week to begin working out, the media asked manager Jerry Manuel what his All-Star’s presence met to the team. “His smile, his energy,” Manuel said. “That’s huge for us to have him back, even just in the dugout.”