Arguably the most turbulent time in franchise history, the Omar Minaya era, is coming to a close after a five year run.
Wow, what a roller coaster ride it has been for the Mets and their fans. Minaya gave the team something to believe in, but one thing led to another and ultimately they were not able to deliver a championship. For all of the great moves Minaya made, such as bringing in Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, and Johan Santana, there were just as many, if not more, poor decisions made by the GM. The Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo deals will stand out as his "greatest fails" but fans should also remember that it was Minaya who put Mets baseball back on the map in the competitive New York market. There is no question it was time for him to go and it will be interesting to see what direction the team goes in from here.
Talking Chop looks at how one of baseballs greatest managers, Bobby Cox, ranks with the other big name skippers.
I respect Bobby Cox for his legacy and contributions to the game, he truly is one of a kind and one of the last "old school" managers in the league. He led the Braves to five World Series appearances in nine years during the nineties, winning once in 1995. Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre may have more rings, but Cox was just as dominant as anyone with his dominant starting pitching and clutch hitting.
Could the Phillies and Yankees meet in the World Series for the second consecutive year and how will the other playoff teams match up against the NL East champs?
The Phillies will be the hottest team entering the post-season so you have to make them the favorites to win it all, they have the talent and experience to do so. If the Yankees are Philadelphia's biggest obstacle then they should be fine. I never make too much of pre-season odds but it looks like Vegas got it right this year.
Marlin Maniac looks at how Gaby Sanchez compares to the other NL Rookie of the Year candidates.
I was just as surprised as anyone to see how similar Sanchez's numbers are to Jason Heyward's. The one large difference between the two is the OBP where Heyward's .394 average trumps on Sanchez's .341 percentage. It's easy to understand why Sanchez has been overlooked all season with a handful of impressive rookies making a name for themselves, several of them concentrated in the NL East. If the Marlins first baseman can continue with his success next season and prove to the fans he can be a consistent player, only then he will become more of a household name.
It's the question on everybody's mind. Is Mike Morse for real?
Morse is an unusual case because he's had only two seasons of "substantial playing time" and those seasons are five years apart. This was a breakout year for Morse, as he has proven to me and many other fans that he is in fact "for real". I'm not sure if I would feel comfortable having Morse as an everyday player but I like the idea of having him platoon with someone else, as he provides a power bat and could be a valuable asset if Jim Riggleman needs a pinch hitter.