Trip Down Memory Lane
Sometimes people like us casual fans and writers think they know more than GMs and actual baseball people, but sometimes someone comes along that is so wrong, so absolutely off their rocker, that it makes me question my own existence and right to question anything Steve Phillips, Jim Duquette, Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon, or Omar Minaya in any of their decisions. What am I talking about? Let us review and this one is truly a gem.
This was an actual plan that Joel Sherman laid out during last year's off season. (the article cost money now so you'll have to take my word for it)
1) Mike Piazza to the Dodgers for Shawn Green
2) Cliff Floyd and Kaz Matsui to the Mariners for Bret Boone and Eddie Guardado
3) Tom Glavine to his home-state Red Sox for Doug Mientkiewicz and Trot Nixon
4) Victor Diaz, Aaron Heilman and Vance Wilson to the Pirates for Jason Kendall and $13 million
5) Sign free agents Tino Martinez and Magglio Ordonez
2005 Mets Lineup
1. Jose Reyes, SS
2. Jason Kendall, C
3. Shawn Green, RF
4. Magglio Ordonez, LF
5. Bret Boone, 2B
6. Tino Martinez, 1B
7. David Wright, 3B
8. Mike Cameron, CF
At the time some people might have thought Sherman was making sense, but just let that sink in if all those deals would have happened. Not only would the Mets have finished in last place last year, but they probably would only miss last place this year because the Marlins are basically a AAA team. I know it's tough to write articles when there is nothing going on, but c'mon. That was just silly talk.
PA: Is Mike the best pitcher you've ever coached?
BK: I coached Randy Johnson in Alaska, Ben McDonald (1st pick in 1989), and about 23-24 guys at the big league level. I see Pelfrey as number one. We had (Darren) Dreifort here, we had Looper here and Pelfrey is the BEST we've had and that is what he's doing today.
Fucking swell. Not much else to say.
PA: When do you think Mike will be in the majors?
BK: Mike has to get comfortable, get some innings in A ball, and get in sync there. Then he could be called up by the end of the year or next year. I'm not saying one of the guys in the rotation immediately, but they'll want to get him called up in September
Maybe a year will be all he does need.