The Advent of Dummyball? From Beane to Sabean... Do the Mets Have What it Takes in the New Era?
Razor sharp minds don't grow on trees.
Finally, we are hearing that the market for lame veterans is undervalued. If you want to understand the latest trend, check out Tim Marchman's tribute to Giant's GM Brian Sabean's anti-sabermetric, or at least anti-"moneyball" strategy of continuing to stock up on overpriced veterans in the face of common sense and defensible strategy.
Oh great, now that veteran presence is cool again, the Mets have relieved Omar Minaya, their expert in mediocre talent, their master of spending big on rapidly depreciating assets, their Baryshnikov of blundering contracts for creaky mediocrities, of his duties. With our luck, the Mets will hire some savvy new operator who won't touch the likes of Pat Burrell, Freddy Sanchez, Mark DeRosa, or Edgar Renteria, not to mention Alex Cora or Julio Franco, and we'll be left with a lean, mean product stuffed with talented, reasonably priced youth, who, beardless and without creased faces, won't be able to compete in these new conditions.
You don't need a big head to lead a team to the world series.
Congratulations, Texas Rangers. Touch em' all, you deserve it.