“People moving out,
People moving in.
Ball of confusion;
That’s what the world is today…”
— The Temptations
There was a New York Times story published which indicated that Saul Katz was considering selling his share of the team. Then Katz denied the allegation and said that he had no intention of selling shares.
Then earlier this week at The National Museum of American Jewish History with Fred Wilpon in attendance, Bud Selig said that he had no concerns about the Mets. Directly quoted, he said, “I’m very optimistic about what they’re doing. The only people telling me to have concerns are people who don’t know and haven’t see any facts”. This comes after Selig told broadcasters during the Rockies-Mets series in Colorado earlier this month that as far as he was concerned, the team was heading in the right direction. Meanwhile the team was managing to lose three of four including a gut-wrenching loss to the Rockies on May 3rd .
After the Colorado series, the Mets traveled to Miami and lost three games to the Marlins. The day after the series with Miami ended, the Mets began a series of player moves.
On May 8th, the Mets designated back-up shortstop Omar Quintanilla for assignment. On May 9th, the team called up Wilmer Flores from the Las Vegas 51s. On May 10th, the Mets sent Josh Satin to AAA and called up Eric Campbell. On May 13th, the Mets placed Gonzales Germen on the 15-day DL and recalled Jacob deGrom (deGrom was called up to take a spot in the bullpen only to get the start). On May 14th, the team called up Rafael Montero and placed Dillon Gee on the 15-day DL. On May 15th, the team brought up Josh Edgin (who has been working with Wally Backman and Ron Romanick to change where he stands on the pitching rubber) and released their erstwhile closer, Kyle Farnsworth (that’s the second time this season that the Mets have released Farnsworth). They also placed Travis d’Arnaud on the 7-day Concussion DL and brought Juan Centeno up (Centeno was the starting catcher for deGrom’s debut on Thursday).
During this same time-frame, Terry Collins moved Jenrry Mejia out of the starting rotation and indicated that he would be a strong candidate for closer once he became acclimated to pitching on consecutive days out of the bullpen (something he hasn’t done since 2010). On Thursday night, Gary Cohen called Mejia “the team’s closer du jour”. Both he and Ron Darling said that out of all the changes that have been made, this might be the most important one.
To be sure, there are enough changes throughout the organization for Cohen and Darling to choose from. Oh, and in case you forgot how the song ends, the last line is….
“…and the band played on.”