Omar Minaya is an Unbelievably Bad GM – and a Worse Person

July 27, 2009

As I mentioned in an earlier post to my web blog, VP of Player Development Tony Bernazard was fired earlier today.

But the real fireworks started when GM Omar Minaya called out NY Daily News Met beat reporter Adam Rubin for trying in the past to get a player development job with the Mets. While Omar did not actually say that Rubin was trying to get Bernazard fired so he (Rubin) can get Bernazard’s job, it is what Minaya insinuated.  

The insinuation and perception of all that followed is worse than taking on the roles like a man which his GM job entails. For Minaya to blatantly call out the reporter who broke the story is completely selfish and defensive.

If Omar wanted to take Rubin to task, how about doing it to his face, alone, behind closed doors? Much later after the debacle of a press conference, Minaya essentially said he made a mistake by outing Rubin.

Minaya has made mistake after mistake with this organization in regards how he was going to build a winner, and it appears that since Minaya took over in 2005, that no one he has brought on has survived.

Without a World Series title, or even a World Series appearance, how can Minaya now survive? And when he is eventaully realived of his Met duties, how can it be possible for him to get another top job in baseball?

Ownership has to clean house, and clean house immediately, so as not to allow an incompetent GM like Minaya handle any other aspects of this organization.

Minaya’s plan to build this Mets team through free agent signings and trades of prospects for established veterans has backfired, and really cost the Mets not only this season, but possibly for years to come.

As a matter of full disclosure, Rubin had broken the various stories which ended up bringing down Bernazard, and also wrote a hit piece on Minaya earlier this month.

I met Adam Rubin at last December’s Winter Meetings, and he was a quiet kind of guy,even somewhat aloof. Said the occasional hello early on, but when I tried speaking with him more in detail about his thoughts on various Met topics, he pulled away and avoided “the new guy.”

Other Met guys like David Lennon were more receptive, and all the Met writers do an exemplary job.

Anyway, I wrote a piece about Minaya back in March of 2008, about why I thought he was the worst GM in baseball.

It all started when Minaya was given the GM job of the Montreal Expos in 2002 because MLB desired to have a Latino GM. As the Assistant GM of the New York Mets under Steve Phillips, Omar had interviewed for several GM jobs, but always was passed over and rejected.

Why couldn’t Minaya make it to the top like other minority GM’s like Los Angeles Angels GM Tony Reagins? Based upon his latest couple of press conferences this past week, Minaya obviously can’t get his point across very clearly. He is not a well-spoken man. 

And he didn’t want to wait any longer for a GM job.

When he did get the job, Minaya wanted to impress by making big splashy deals to get noticed by the other MLB owners. And the owners, since they owned the Expos, made sure to take notice–especially the Wilpon’s. The trade for Bartolo Colon in exchange for Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips and Cliff Lee might be the worst trade of all time, and all so Minaya can build a resume.

Minaya’s supporters always say that the Expos were ripe for contraction, but a citizen’s group in Minnesota (the other team with contraction talk) had filed court motions in 2002 for which a judge stopped all the contraction talk.

Both the Expos and Twins were never going to be eliminated. Yet, Omar still traded away tons of talent. I still believe that the Washington Nationals still have not recovered from all of Omar’s moves.

And after Jim Duquette was fired as Mets GM, the Wilpon’s brought back their hero for the job he sorely wanted. And Minaya built a team in his own image, that of mostly high-priced Latin ballplayers.

What is so hard about spending someone else’s money on free agents, or making one big trade with a rookie GM who just had to trade Johan Santana? As the Yankees and Red Sox were vying so the other team didn’t get Santana, the Mets were the only team really in the Santana sweepstakes.

Minaya’s drafts his entire career has been terrible. In 2002, his first ever draft as Montreal GM, Minaya passed over Cole Hamels, Prince Fielder, Zach Grienke, James Loney, Jeremy Guthrie, Nick Swisher, Jeff Francoeur, Matt Cain, Joe Blanton and Scott Kazmir in order to take Clint Everts 5th overall.

Yesterday, Everts recorded his second save for AA Harrisburg, the highest level he has reached thus far.

It is very ironic that one guy Minaya passed up in that draft, Kazmir – and the subsequent trade for Victor Zambrano, was the reason his predecessor (Jim Duquette) with the Mets was fired. So while passing up on much better talent in that draft, Minaya eventually got the job he always wanted.

Minaya did get a GM job initially, but it was not the job he wanted. After he was given (not interviewed, but given) the GM job of the Expos, the Queens native set his sights on the New York Mets job in the worst way. A job he repeatedly lobbied, among other GM jobs he prior lobbied for.

Based upon what Minaya said about NY Daily News reporter Adam Rubin, what makes Minaya so different from Rubin possibly lobbying for another job?  

Remember that the real reason for today’s press conference was to announce the firing of Tony Bernazard because Rubin investigated a story.

Again, what makes Minaya different than Rubin?

Adam Rubin does his job very well. Just ask Tony Bernazard.