In a must-read report for the Daily News, John Harper believes there will be a target on Omar Minaya if this season does not work out for the Mets.
…it will be interesting… the team’s ownership likes minaya a lot, and they have a long history together… however, it will be difficult to justify allowing him to re-structure this team if he is the very person who created the problem in the first place…
Harper continues on to write about Minaya’s comments to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com last week, in which he essentially said ‘the Mets are soft and do not play with an in-your-face mentality,’ as Harper put it.
Minaya later told local reporters that Rosenthal misinterpreted his comments, and that his team simply had a ‘different kind of edge,’ which players like David Wright and Jose Reyes did not seem happy about hearing, according to multiple reports.
…to me, the most significant portion of harper’s column, which, again, is a must read, is the following…
In the reports, Harper writes:
“You hate to always go back to the '86 Mets, but in this case it's hard not to. Imagine if Carlos Beltran was on that ballclub and he essentially cost his team a win because he didn't slide at home, as was the case in St. Louis a couple of weeks ago… I'd put the over/under at five on the number of players on that team who would have told him he better not let it happen again, whether he's leading the league in hitting or not… On this team? I asked a Mets player privately over the weekend if anyone had said a word to Beltran about it, and he shook his head in a "what-are-you-gonna-do?" kind of way.”
Sheffield, who Minaya told Rosenthal he acquired because of his ‘edge,’ told Harper, “The talent is here… We just need to play with fire.”
Kevin Kernan of the New York Post provides more quotes from Sheffield, who says: “We've got to learn how to play with intensity when we're losing… You don't have to be a rah-rah guy, you don't have to be the loudest guy, but there has to be something inside you that ain't going to allow you to lose.”
To read more from Sheffield, read Kernan in the New York Post.
Again, to read Harper’s column, go to the Daily News.