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Minaya says he made mistakes, was allowed to take chances with Mets

Omar Minaya took chances when he was GM of the Mets, and sometimes those moves do not work out, he told WFAN late Friday.

“There’s a whole bunch of them, not just one,” he said, laughing with a lot humility, when asked if there was one move he regretted making while running the Mets.

Minaya is acting Sr. VP of Baseball Operations for the San Diego Padres, who are currently searching for a new General Manager.

He told WFAN that the Wilpons were very supportive of his ability to sign whatever free agent he wanted to pursue, mostly because they him charged with winning right way.

“You have to do everything you can to put a winning product on the field, especially knowing New York and the passion of Mets fans,” he said.

According to Minaya, Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta are good, smart, hard working people. However, they are building and trying to win in a way that is going to take time.




161 comments
Douglas Alexander S
Douglas Alexander S

I would love to hear a candid, honest explanation on why he thought Oliver Perez was a god.

Angela Cole
Angela Cole

Was Omar perfect, no.  But at least he had the attachments to sign a Free Agent or make a trade in hopes of improving the team.  We are still waiting Mr. Alderson!!!  We need our modern day Hernandez, Carter, Piazza, Leiter.  A veteran that is not washed up and can lead our kids for five to six years. 

Noah Baron
Noah Baron

Omar = Bush and Alderson = Obama.  One GM/President spent recklessly on bad free agents/wars, while another GM/President did the best he could in building a foundation for the future considering the limited budget of ownership/congressional republican obstruction.  Neither is perfect, but the current President/GM is a whole lot better.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

Mets go 7-3 over next 10 does Sandy make a move to buy an OF? What would Philly want for Byrd?

rico
rico

Gee on most of these boards I notice a trend. Long threads of disagreements over "who is to blame" for EVERYTHING! 


Everybody wants:


A.   Simple answers to complex questions

B.   A blame receptacle to neatly pin their misery on.

C.  A need to be validated as right so, his or her opinion makes the commenter superior to the others, making them feel special.


Doesn't matter if it's Omar vs Sandy or Melo vs Lebron or Democrats vs Republicans. It's the same paradigm as the A B C above.





shawnp6986
shawnp6986

Personally I like Omar alot.He brought along some great times and memories with the teams he constructed.Of course he made mistakes,but I truly believe he did all he could to bring a WS championship to us,and he came damn close to it.

If we would of won even one he would be hailed a hero to the Met faithful such as the late Cashen was to us.

Regardless,baseball is back and our Mets need to hit the ground running and to stay on this hot streak and incredible momentum as of late.

LGM!

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

I wish we has Artie Moreno money. Angels are now getting H. Street from SD. Hope he goes today and SD blows a lead to us!

dannym28
dannym28

omar tried to hard. a lot of our young talent was from him so he had a good eye for talent but wasnt a good spender.

dannym28
dannym28

so again its the wilpons fault. 

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

"Mostly because they him charged with winning right way"I'm sure many of you saw this already,but really??

1harris1
1harris1

Omar is a good guy.  I don't understand all the venom here.


Was he a great GM?  No.  But with just a little bit of luck he could have had a world series appearance and three playoff appearances in three years (2006-08).  If that had happened, he'd be looked at a lot differently.


Good luck to him wherever he is.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

Other than this year where Conforto was signed ( COLLEGE KID) most of Sandy picks have been HS kids. They take a little longer so the jury is still out. Most people say that Conforto is the most accomplished hitter in the draft. We got him at 10th pick. Now he may be a bust but we also need LF and the kid fits well. Let Soup and Kirk platoon left and see what they do 2nd half and next year and then by Sept 2015 Conforto may be ready if he plays well at AA this year and AAA next year.  


One of the hardest things to do is build a Bullpen and pitching staff and we have that now. Things are looking up EVEN with our budget.  

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

I don't usually comment on these kind of things but did anybody PROOFREAD this story? I never thought Omar was a good, or even fair GM. In 2007 and 2008 we had more than enough talent to win and NO BULLPEN--which everyone (except Omar) knew from Day One. And I think we can all agree, without sounding racist, that he gave a disproportionate amount of time and money to bad Latin players.

jamets
jamets

Look, Omar had a nearly unlimited payroll and he won nothing.  He put together a great team in 2006, but by 2009 it was falling apart and Omar couldn't fix it because he had tied the team into too many bad contracts and had destroyed the farm system.  He took his shot and he came up short and then he left the next front office to clean up his mess.

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

If anyone is paying attention Sandy drafted high school players the first three years in drafts. You can't judge those players yet. Omar knew talent but he was terrible signing free agents. He bid against himself on a few occasions. The real question is how come Omar hasn't been given a GM job since?

crafalko17
crafalko17

Both were/are decent GM's. Omar's evaluation was out, he traded our farm for a win-now situation which is what he was tasked with. Barring injuries he put together likely the best team in baseball at the time. I don't think he was bad, but he wasn't great. He attempted to do what he was asked, some good, some bad. 


SA on the other hand still has the jury out so you can't really compare. If Syndergaard/TDA/Nimmo/Herrera all work out on top of Wheeler/Black contributing SA has built a contender for a long time, which is something that is impossible to do with what Omar was tasked with. Neither is perfect, both have made some bad signings, the real difference is that SA's bad signings and trades tend to be short-term whereas Omar had some albatross poor contracts and some bad luck. These next 2 years will ultimately determine if the SA experiment was a good one or a poor one.


This offseason will be huge. Either way the team is playing well so lets enjoy the here and now and hope we can find a bat.

Robert Costa
Robert Costa

He did do a good job...a couple of bad signings n resignings...if he did differently might have had a couple more good years

crafalko17
crafalko17

@2ndhalffun 7-3 is still 3 games under .500 and prob at least 5-6 games out. Byrd is too old and short term and it'd piss me off to try and get him back when it could've been him instead of CY. I think we should look at SS as the place for help. The question is from who and at what price.

mags328
mags328

@rico You know, you really used a lot of words to simply say people like to find someone to vent their frustrations towards.


Me, I want to see the Wilpons go! Am I wrong in that? Have I committed a sin?


By the way, just talking psych 101, your point C, about commenters trying to feel superior, I don't know if you realize it, but that's just how your post come across: judgmental, condescending, and holier than thou.


By the by, one of the things I don't like about this "new" posting system is that you can't see if someone responded to you, not unless you want to scroll down the whole page every time. The guys who work on this site kept insisting how these changes would be for the best, it would have more social media applications and some such. I just don't see the overall benefit of it. I don't see how it makes it any better for your typical poster. I post far less now, and I didn't even post that much before, but now, it's like, if the article is more than a few hours old, what's the point in even commenting. I know full well no one will read this. It's just a sneeze in a storm.

illnagas
illnagas

Wow so deep. You have all the answers

niesesnose
niesesnose

Ehh, the angels had been disastrous up until this year with all that money. They still have no farm and thin pitching depth that won't take them deep in the playoffs.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@shawnp6986 I think they write this blog in Russian, then use the Google Translator, Comrade.

TheRealSayHey24
TheRealSayHey24

@Haig Mathosian He sounds like most New Yorkers - especially one that went to public school in Queens.  I love his enthusiasm, honesty, and knowledge of the game.  A truly sincere individual. Wish he was still with this organization.  

rico
rico

@Haig Mathosian How do you know he was illiterate? He did not speak well, publicly, but that hardly means he did not how how to read or write.  What a misinformed comment.

kingman76
kingman76

@2ndhalffun Let's hope Collins and Warthen don't over work and screw up a sure thing (the bullpen).

RockMarz
RockMarz

Apparently you are racist

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

@Frank Tangorra  GM's look good when they can sign Beltran and trade prospects for Delgado. Santana and BAy were busts. So what he pitched a NON REPLAY no hitter. He got paid more millions than he had wins! $138 million. Sandy's mistake of CY was a one year bust. 

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

Sandy wants to build for continuing success. It doesn't always work but we will see. I believe pitching first. He did that. The Mets need a real power bat so one or two of those guys have to go in a deal. The problem is no one knows which power bat is available. Time will tell.

niesesnose
niesesnose

Agreed. While Omar made a winner for 3 season, in which only one resulted in the playoffs, SA could make a team that competes for at least 5 seasons and maybe more based on his penchant for getting young talent.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

@crafalko17 WELL SAID! You nailed it!

niesesnose
niesesnose

7-3 is 1 game under .500. Alderson said he's not trading for any rentals

niesesnose
niesesnose

"Wow is there some way I can feel superior in an argument by putting myself above either side"

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

Looks like the team ( OAK /CA) with the second best record in AL will end up in wildcard playoff game. May win 95-100 games and be in one game play-in game.

jamets
jamets

@rico @Haig Mathosian  English is also his second language.  So that fact that he wasn't a polish public speaker isn't really all that surprising.

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

Ok. I'm not defending Omar but the Santana trade you make 10 times over. I totally agree he was a bust but at the time he was the best lefty in the game. Besides Gomez, Mulvey and Petit are not playing anymore. Sandy's picks are becoming close to judge.

TheRealSayHey24
TheRealSayHey24

@imjimmybx I called BS the first time I heard Sandy talk.  Absolutely hate that he throws year after year away. Can't imagine what his supporters are saying next year if they are not contending.  2016!!  


Chaz
Chaz

Lol that's better math.

niesesnose
niesesnose

Oakland's gonna win that division. It's between SEA and the Angels for those 2 wildcard spots. In a one game playoff, where SEA has Iwakuma or Felix, I'd pick them.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

Too long of a contract with too much money to give a pitcher that was already 28.  Gomez turned out to be Allstar

niesesnose
niesesnose

Nah, not an Omar fan but I'd do that deal again. The NY media wouldn't have as much patience for Gomez and he would've been gone anyway.