Question: The Whack-a-Mole Philosophy

It feels like the Mets are always looking in the rear-view mirror, reacting to yesterday’s criticism, yesterday’s news, and yesterday’s problem.

For instance, the team’s biggest problem in 2008 was an ineffective bullpen.  So, Omar Minaya traded for JJ Putz and signed Francisco Rodriguez.  However, early this season, while the bullpen looked great, the starting rotation was inconsistent, and the offense was nonexistent… and then the injuries came.

Actually, Minaya’s biggest talent may also be his biggest weakness, in that he’s a terrific Patchwork GM.

In other words, though he will always do whatever is necessary to fix the big problem of today, and do it well, I am not sure he recognizes what might need to be fixed tomorrow… and so it feels like, to me, that he and the roster are always unprepared.

What’s worse, this is not limited to on-field issues, but it also extends to off-field issues as well… whether the Mets are reacting to fan criticism of Citi Field, or media reports about financial dealings, or talk-radio chatter about beat writers and shirtless executives, the team seems to spends a lot of their time issuing press releases and public statements, which only seem to perpetuate the very story they are trying to beat down in the first place.

Come to think of it, it’s like the Mets are playing an eternal game of Whac-a-Mole, whether it’s on field or off, knocking down one issue today, only to have another emerge tomorrow.

Why is this?  Are there too many people involved with making decisions?  Is it because they live in the shadow of the Yankees?  Is it a lack of a plan?  Is it a lack of focus on what they’re trying to accomplish, who they’re trying to be?  Or, is it some other reason?