Joe Maddon opted out of the final year of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays Friday and fans and media in New York are furious. Bizarre? Not really. Six consecutive losing seasons — and counting — in Flushing has a way of changing culture. In this case, frustration and, yes, desperation.
While current managers John Farrell and Mike Matheny are busy preparing their teams for Game 1 of the 2013 World Series tomorrow night, general managers of 28 other Major League Baseball clubs are trying to get a jumpstart on 2014.
When the day arrives, and it’s clear Zack Wheeler has “figured it out,” this will be the day he will appreciate most. New York Mets fans will prefer to reflect on Wheeler’s first MLB start, six shutout innings vs. Atlanta, but Sunday will be one of those starts that will educate the Mets rookie most as he moves forward.