Thats a old Free agent class nest year!
What I'm more surprised about is no talking about Mike Piazza coming clean about using steroids in his book. And lets not kid ourselves, androstenedione is a steroid.
“The Mets have a tremendous amount of young talent. I think those guys have done a tremendous job of acquiring some high-end young players that they can grow with, and I think that [front office] is extremely good at supplementing around those guys and also having enough good young depth. … The one thing about young players is that they have tremendous upside, but they also have tremendous downside. …. There is far from certainty from these players. For us, it’s our only way of doing business. It’s not a choice. It’s a survival mechanism.”
“The Rays were bad for a long time and then were able to capitalize on that and were able to make the right picks and bring the guys up through the system."
“The Rays have such a unique style. When they sat me down the first day I came to spring training, they told me, ‘You are going to do, this, this and this over the next two years and then we’ll see you in the big leagues,’ and that’s what they did. After I came up in 2008 and pitched in the postseason in the bullpen they told me, ‘You are going back to Triple-A next year.’
“That was good because you don’t have that letdown. “They wanted to watch my innings in 2009 and at the time, you don’t appreciate that, you want to be in the big leagues. But now, since my arm is healthy and I feel so good, I do appreciate that. They wanted me to be healthy and to help this team win for a long time. It was a great blueprint.’’
The Mets desperately need to copy and stick to the Rays blueprint of success.
Thats a old Free agent class nest year! -Tartans
Yeah I noticed that too, another reason why the Wilpons couldn't have picked a worst time to anounce they can finally spend some money.
There's an argument there though, I remember when this stuff came out because I used to work out a lot in the late 90's and use creatine from GNC. I used to see this androstendione stuff right next to the creatine, I also talked to several people who tried it. Not one marketer or person or doctor I heard or talked to was calling it a steroid until around 2001. The only thing known about it was that it "naturally upped the amount of testosterone your own body produces" and that it was not synthetic or anything artificial like that.
What I'm more surprised about is no talking about Mike Piazza coming clean about using steroids in his book. And lets not kid ourselves, androstenedione is a steroid. -Tartans
Thats a lot of free agents coming in and all big salaries. Not Andersons way. - JokatiAlderson had no trouble spending in Oakland. I truly believe the reason Alderson has not spent in his Mets tenure was that there was no point. High paid vets with no cheap young talent leads to nothing better than a middle tier club. Why spend to join the middle tier.
Thats a old Free agent class nest year! - TartansYes, on average it is. But you can cherry pick the younger guys. It may cost you more as thats who everyone will be bidding on, but lets pretend we're a New York team who can make money by spending money.
This is why I would let Piazza slide if all he took was andro. Its not his fault that at the time he was taking it it was over the counter legal in the US and marketed as a supplement and NOT an anabolic steroid.