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Choking in the Big Apple

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2008 by nathanelwell

FLUSHING, NY – In true “flush your season down the toilet” fashion, it’s no surprise that the New York Mets lost Sunday to the Florida Marlins, losing a playoff spot for the second straight year.  The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs, as they should of, since they pitched CC Sabathia, and therefore picked up the NL Wild Card.  They will face the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL Division Series and will most certainly get swept.  The ironic thing regarding the Met’s loss is that last year, they also lost the last game of the season, also against the Marlins.  Its no doubt that the entire Mets team will be having nightmares about fish for the entire off-season.

The only good news for the Mets in this game was that they only lost by 2, whereas in 2007 they lost by 7 runs to the Marlins after Tom Glavine only lasted just over 1 inning.  The New York Mets are surely destined for a complete rebuilding year.  Omar Minaya, GM for the Mets, will most likely be on the chopping block for creating such a high payroll and to come up empty handed.  The New York Mets payroll is bigger than every single playoff team this year: the Angels, Twins/White Sox, Red Sox, Devil Rays, Cubs, Brewers, Phillies, and Dodgers.  It comes in at a whopping $138 million ++.  That is larger than the Brewers and Devil Rays combined.  Their payroll is even $100 million larger than the Florida Marlins, and the Marlins ended up having the last laugh.  Perhaps the US government will need to bail out the New York Mets finances after this year.

Neither the New York Mets or the Yankees made the playoffs this year, which is only a good thing in my opinion.  ESPN will not be able to find anything to talk about, and David Wright will need to be content with being outside of the limelight for once.  What will be the offseason plans for some of New York’s finest baseball players?  Below I have taken a stab:

Alex Rodriquez: Will decide to follow Madonna on her “Sticky and Sweet” U.S. Tour.  Just saying the name of Madonna’s tour makes me want to hurl.  And he will cry and blow his nose with two different $100 bills simultaneously.

Pedro Martinez: Will fly to Asia and receive a right arm implant.  He has thrown a combined 8-7 record over the past two seasons with close to a 4.00 ERA.

Derek Jeter: Will try to find a way to explain to the baseball world why he is not totally overrated.

Joe Torre: Will be laughing in LA since he has brought the Dodgers to an NL West Title, and is seeing the NY Yanks faces plastered against the playoff glass window.

Jerry Manuel: Will wish he is back coaching with the Chicago White Sox.

Omar Minaya: Will be looking for a new GM job.

Thats about all I can say with this post.  Back to watching Da Bears!!

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Major League Excitement

Posted in MLB with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2008 by nathanelwell

Like 4 pre-schoolers fighting for only 2 sets of hotwheels, the Mets and Brewers/Twins and White Sox sure are making life interesting for baseball fans.  With only 1 game to go, the Mets and Brewers are tied for the Wild-Card in the NL, and the Twins are 1/2 game ahead of the White Sox for the AL Central Division.  This will make for a photo finish for the MLB playoffs race.  As most baseball fans remember, the New York Mets held a 7 game lead over the Phillies in 2007, only to lose the last 12 of 17 games and also lose a playoff spot.  It appears it may be happening again.  I couldn’t help but laugh at the article I read in The Onion newspaper entitled “Mets to Play Brewers in One Game Choke-Off”.  If the Mets and Brewers should both lose or both win on Sunday, they’ll head to a one game playoff against each other for the Wild-Card spot.  Part of me wonders if the Mets are betting against themselves to lose the season?  This is the second year in a row, COME ON PEOPLE!!

The White Sox go into Sunday 1/2 game behind the Twins, as they face the Indians.  The Twins will face the Royals.  Should the Twins win, they will win the AL Central Division.  Should the Twins lose and the White Sox win, they will be forced to watch a one-game playoff between the Tigers and White Sox at US Cellular field.  Are you confused yet?  The Tigers are forced into playing the White Sox because if it is necessary, they would need to play a previous rain-out.  If the Mets and Brewers are tied after Sunday, there will be a one game playoff at Shea Stadium on Monday.

The late season developments could prove to be a problem for both the Mets and the Brewers.  The Brewers are pitching their ace, C.C. Sabathia tomorrow vs. the Cubs.  Should they win the game, and should the Mets win theirs, they would not be able to pitch Sabathia or Sheets, who would have a combined 1 days rest.  The Mets would not be able to pitch Johan Santana, as he would only have 1 days rest as well.  And should either team decide to pitch their ace on 1 days rest, it would not allow for either team to start on the right foot should they make the playoffs.  I am sure I have cured someone’s insomnia with this confusion.

I will make a prediction for who will end up on both sides, and I’m using a very complex mathematical system in order to make my prediction: I am going to flip a coin.  And here is what I came up with!

1) The Mets will win the NL Wild-Card spot

2) The White Sox will win the AL Central Division

How is that for accuracy?

When the coach gets fired, who is to blame?

Posted in MLB with tags , , , on June 19, 2008 by nathanelwell

Within the last 48 hours, Willie Randolph, the head coach of the New York Mets was fired in the wee hours of the morning.  Omar Minaya, the General Manager (important decision-maker) of the New York Mets made the following comment regarding the firing: “the tension went far too long.  It was not fair to the team, it was not fair to Willie Randolph, and it was not fair to the organization.”  In this situation I can see why they fired Randolph.  You may remember the end of the 2007 season, when the New York Mets lost their last 11 of 17 games, and that was after they were up 7 games on the 2nd place Phillies.  The Phillies caught up to the Mets, and the Mets ended up losing their last game of the season and missed the playoffs.  This was supposedly the 2nd greatest collapse of a Major League Baseball team in the history of the game. 

The firing of Randolph has made me contemplate…  When a professional team begins to play poorly, should the head coach or athletes be the bearer of the blame?  In the case of the Mets during their historic collapse of 2007, what on earth could’ve caused a team to slump like they did?  The Mets were certainly getting paid enough – 4 players made eight-figure salaries while 16 players made seven-figure salaries.  But with a collapse that drastic, could the manager’s method of operation truly be to blame?

Part of me gets frustrated when they decide to fire a coach, rather than blame the players.  Sure, in some situations the coach deserved to get fired.  But in other cases, I can’t help but wonder if the team was to blame.  Even amongst the Mets clubhouse this year, there was alot of tension between two groups of players.  Part of the team was comfortable staying after each game to answer questions to the media, while part of the team chose not to participate, particularly after losses.  Set aside the 2007 collapse, I don’t think this had anything to do with Randolph.  As the Mets are in a New York “high pressure” market, it is possible that the General Manager felt nervous about his own job, and so decided to pull the trigger on three of the Mets coaching staff.  And perhaps it was because the GM was sending a message to the team… 

All this aside, I even wonder how much of an effect a head coach has on a team in the first place.  You have a pitching coach, first base and third base coach, strength and conditioning coach, bench coach, catchers coach, bus coach and the list goes on and on.  Can a head coach REALLY be that influencial on a team?  At one point during the early 80’s, Ted Turner, the owner of the Atlanta Braves, became so upset about his team’s play that he decided to go down and coach the Braves for a game….And they lost.

The jury is still out for this one.  I guess I’d have to be a fly on the wall to know every circumstance behind coaches being fired, but my guess would be that part of the blame should be on the team!