Omar Minaya doesn’t want any credit for the Mets current success
The last time Omar Minaya oversaw anything with the Mets, the club was coming off of it’s second consecutive losing season in 2010 and fourth straight disappointing season which included two failures to reach the postseason, an uninspiring and injury plagued 92-loss season in 2009, and a hot start to the 2010 season only to see the team regress and ultimately flame out.
But what Omar Minaya left behind was a treasure chest in talent, including Steven Matz, Jeurys Familia, Jacob deGrom, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy, Hansel Robles, Jon Niese, and a roll of the dice on R.A. Dickey, who he signed to a minor league contract before his final season as General Manager of the Mets.
All of those players with the exception of Dickey are on their 2015 team. As for Dickey, current Mets GM Sandy Alderson parlayed that Minaya piece into Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud, both of which are also on the active roster for a total of 11 players accumulated by Minaya.
But Minaya wants no part of the credit for these players.
“You’re always happy for the players,” Minaya said. “I never say, ‘This guy is mine,’ Minaya said on WFAN on Monday. “You get to see where the players start, and then when they get to that big stage and perform, you’re definitely happy for the players. You’re happy for the organization.”
Indeed, as while Minaya planted those 11 seeds, it was Alderson and the player development staff who developed those players.
As for Murphy, who is playing out of his mind in the playoffs, the one thing which attracted Minaya to him was his aggressiveness.
“What we always used to say about Daniel was that this guy has a chance to lead the league in hitting because he never, ever gives up an at-bat,” Minaya explained. “He plays so aggressive that it’s kind of got him in trouble on the basepaths, but you know what? Give me those guys with aggressiveness.”
The same thing which attracted Minaya’s front office to Murphy was similar to what attracted them to deGrom.
“He’s a scouting story. He’s a development story, and the rest is that he’s a competitor and he’s always been a competitor,” he said of deGrom. “When you have a combination of a good athlete and competitor, you take a chance on those guys.”
He also said the same thing about Harvey: his competitive along with his talent was a key for the Mets when they decided to draft him in the summer of 2010.
While he couldn’t stick around to reap the rewards of his eye and sense for talent, the Mets are certainly reaping the rewards for the foundation he left behind, now just two wins away from the club’s first National League pennant in 15 years.