Prison Without Bars
by Pete Rose
Mets Turn Latino
And the two
liners abound: If Ricky Ricardo was still alive, he'd be playing for the
Mets. If your first name is Julio, there's a 60 percent chance you'll be
playing for the Mets by September.
Let me say I
love Latino people and Latino players, but as a casual observer, one can't
help but notice how Omar Minaya is turning over the Mets roster and seems
to be favoring acquiring Latino, specifically Dominican, players.
was his overpaying for Pedro Martinez a year ago. At the time, he said
something about how NYC had a large Dominican population, and he wanted to
get players that those folks could identify with. Imagine the general
manager of the Utah Jazz saying that there was a large white population
and therefore he was going to acquire white players.
Minaya has publicly courted or been rumored to be courting Sammy Sosa,
Manny Ramirez, and Miquel Tejada. He acquired Carlos Delgado for first
base. He acquired Carlos Beltran for centerfield, giving him all the
millions that Scott Boras asked for despite the fact that no other team
felt he was worth that much money. Julio Franco plays for the Mets. And
he's what, 65? Looking at the Mets
transactions, both major and minor, since Minaya took over the team,
one could easily get confused and think Minaya is methodically trading
away white, black, or Japanese players for Latinos.
true even at a minor league level.
December 14, 2005, the Mets signed LHP Matt Perisho, INF Juan Tejada,
C Sandy Martinez and OF Julio Ramirez to Minor League contracts with
invitations to Spring Training.
December 19, 2005, the Mets signed LHP Darren Oliver, RHP Jose Parra
and LHP Pedro Feliciano to Minor League contracts with invitations to
Spring Training; they released LHP Kazuhisa Ishii.
December 20, they non-tendered RHP Tyler Yates and OF Wayne Lydon,
making them free agents.
December 23, they signed OF Endy Chavez, who had been with the
Phillies, to a one-year contract.
And all of
this is fine and good if it makes the Mets a better team. What you hope
doesn't happen is that the general manager give up more talent than he's
getting in a trade (quality young starter Kris Benson for mediocre middle
reliever Jorge Julio?). A
general manager should be getting the best ballplayers for his team,
regardless of race or nationality. The Mets are put at a disadvantage if
Minaya is just trying to get the best Latino — preferably Dominican —
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