Halladay discussions, more trade talk (cont.)
Minaya goes off the script, and off the wall
Mets GM Omar Minaya's quick decision to pull New York Daily News beat writer Adam Rubin into the Mets' mess was not a good one, as Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said the day after Minaya's foolish ad-libbing went awry. Wilpon rightly called it a "very large mistake."
Minaya needs to stick to a script, or at the very least, some serious talking points. He can't go off onto a tangent and question the ethics of the writer who wrote stories the Mets ultimately agreed were true. He looked spiteful and not very professional.
Wilpon also said he reached out to Rubin to apologize, and that Minaya would do that same, assuming Rubin is willing to take his call. Wilpon said he saw nothing wrong with Rubin seeking job advice from him and at least one other Mets official (Tony Bernazard, strangely enough).
Wilpon basically backed Rubin. Journalistically, Rubin's request for job advice is pretty questionable coming from a team's beat writer. It's just hard to imagine him asking Bernazard for help, then writing the series of stories that later led to Bernazard's firing.
But there's no evidence that Rubin "lobbied" Mets executives for a job, as Minaya said, or even that he ever sought a job as an executive in the organization. And Rubin's stories were accurate enough to have expedited Bernazard's firing, at the least.
Minaya was obviously annoyed to have to fire his friend, who is also a very talented baseball man, and he lashed out at Rubin in anger. It did seem at least curious that Rubin and the Daily News wrote so many stories about Bernazard, the team's VP of player development. It appeared to be piling on when they ran a back page story about Bernazard getting upset about being misidentified as the team's bus driver. But it wasn't Minaya's place to talk journalism.
Beyond that, if you're going to accuse someone of having an ulterior motive, have the facts and be precise. But why accuse a beat writer who got it right? And why, after supposedly firing Bernazard for bullying tactics, would Minaya bully the beat writer?
According to friends, Minaya immediately recognized that he erred in calling out Rubin, although his first apology in which he only he said he picked the wrong forum was woefully short. Minaya was said to be "visibly shaken" Tuesday, but ready to do a better apology Wednesday.
Minaya might also apologize to the Wilpons while he's at it for creating a mess out of what should have been a simple firing.
Around the Majors
Maybe Minaya wasn't kidding about the Mets being buyers. The Mets held a scout conference call Tuesday and discussed the need for a left-handed reliever. Pedro Feliciano, who pitches every day, will be relieved to hear that.
The Dodgers look like the most likely landing spot for Sherrill.
Tampa Bay will consider anything, and one competing GM swears it briefly dangled outfielder Carl Crawford a few weeks ago.
Bobby Abreu leads the majors by driving home 22.6 percent of the runners on base when he comes to the plate. That's the highest percentage since Larry Walker in 2002.
Freddy Garcia is making progress for the White Sox and could help in the pennant push.
Some acted stunned Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game. But really, he was as good a candidate as almost anyone for it. He'd previously thrown a no-hitter whereby he pitched to the minimum 27 batters, as he picked off Sammy Sosa after walking him. He's also thrown a one-hitter and a two-hitter and had 61 games when he walked zero.
Buttoned-down, by-the-book John Ricco, one of the smartest people in the business, would seem like a pretty good bet to be promoted in a rejiggered Mets hierarchy.
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