Last week, Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon made headlines by stating that General Manager Omar Minaya would continue in that role next year.
Minaya is fast approaching a milestone as the Mets’ chief baseball decision-maker; the second-longest tenure in that position in club history.
By the end of this month, Minaya will pass Steve Phillips as the team’s second-longest tenured G.M. ever, second only to the recent Mets Hall-of-Fame inductee, Frank Cashen.
Here is the list of Mets’ full-time General Managers in order of longest stint:
· Frank Cashen 2/21/80-10/6/91 (11 years, 7 months)
· Steve Phillips 7/17/97-6/12/03 (5 years, 10 months & 26 days)
· Omar Minaya 9/30/04-present (5 years, 10 months & counting)
· George Weiss 3/14/61-11/15/66 (5 years, 8 months)
· Joe McDonald 10/8/74-2/21/80 (5 years, 4 months)
· Bob Scheffing 1/19/70-10/1/74 (4 years, 8 months)
· Joe McIlvaine 7/8/93-7/17/97 (4 years & 9 days)
· Johnny Murphy 12/5/67-1/14/70 (2 years, 1 month)
· Al Harazin 10/7/91-6/22/93 (1 year, 8 months)
· Jim Duquette 6/12/03-9/30/04 (1 year, 3 months)
· Bing Devine 11/15/66-12/5/67 (1 year & 20 days)
Jeff Francoeur survived the July 31st trade deadline and Jason Bay’s concussion has allowed Francoeur to remain in the Mets’ starting lineup.
In doing so, “Frenchy” achieved a Mets’ milestone by surpassing both Alex Ochoa and Carl Everett into the club’s all-time top 10 in games played in right field.
Thanks to the Ultimate Mets Database for this list of the Mets all-time leaders in games played in right field:
· Darryl Strawberry 1062
· Rusty Staub 535
· Ron Swoboda 435
· Joel Youngblood 308
· Jeromy Burnitz 291
· Joe Christopher 262
· Roger Cedeno 238
· Bobby Bonilla 229
· Butch Huskey 215
· Jeff Francoeur 175*
(*through August 8th game)
Here is how some of the other current Mets players rank in terms of games played in club history at their respective (or “respectable” as Casey Stengel would say) positions through the games of August 8th:
· 1B Ike Davis 97 (tied 21st)
· 2B Luis Castillo 323 (9th)
· SS Jose Reyes 838 (3rd)
· 3B David Wright 950 (1st)
· LF Jason Bay 93 (29th)
· CF Carlos Beltran 682 (2nd)
· C Rod Barajas 72 (30th)
· P Pedro Feliciano 429 (2nd)
The Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies pay visits to Citi Field this week on the Mets’ six-game homestand.
The Mets lost two of three to the Rockies in Colorado in their lone series meeting of 2010 back on the Mets’ first road trip of the season. Last season, the Mets took three out of four from Colorado in the Rockies first ever visit to Citi Field in July. The Mets have won each of their last seven home series against the Rockies, going 21 and 4 overall at Shea and Citi vs. Colorado dating back to 2003.
The Mets swept the two-time defending National League Champion Phillies in Philadelphia’s lone visit so far to Citi Field in 2010 back on May 25th through 27th. It was the first three-game home series sweep by the Mets vs. the Phils since May 30th through June 1st of 1997. Overall, the Mets have won seven of the 12 games they have played against the Phillies at Citi Field.
The Mets did not face Roy Oswalt this past weekend at Citizens Bank Park. The newly-acquired Phils starter went 5 and 5 with a 3.68 ERA against the Mets while a member of the Houston Astros. Oswalt has not faced the Mets in nearly two years. His last start against New York came on August 22nd, 2008, a 3-0 Mets win over the Astros and Oswalt at Shea Stadium in which Johan Santana, Aaron Heilman and Luis Ayala combined on the shutout.
Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:
Runs: Jeff Francoeur. Two home runs on road trip both prove to be game-winners in Mets only two victories.
Hits: Jose Reyes. Mets SS has now hit safely in 18 of last 19 games.
Errors: Carlos Beltran and David Wight. Mets 3-4 hitters now just 6 for their last 59 combined.