Friday, December 30, 2011

New York Mets 2011 Year In Review

As the year comes to a close I think its safe to say that 2011, much like the four years before it, will go down in the history books as a year most Mets fans would like to forget. The Mets entered the year in the midst of a total front office overhaul. New general manager, Sandy Alderson, hired Terry Collins to lead a relatively unchanged roster into the year surrounded by questions concerning the team's finances.

After what some would describe as a promising first half of the season, the team mustered only a 77-85 record, finishing fourth in the NL East and well removed from playoff contention. The highlight of the year was undoubtedly Jose Reyes' somewhat controversial batting title, the first in team history.

The end of the season brought with it the anxiety filled months that lead up to the departure of said batting champ, Jose Reyes, who took his proverbial talents to the Marlins as a free agent. Adding to their woes, financial restrictions have continued to handcuff the team's front office, forcing the Mets to once again scrape through its second consecutive offseason as bottom feeders in the free agency pool.

Top 10 Stories Of 2011
1) Fred Wilpon & Saul Katz Sued In Connection With The Madoff Ponzi Scheme.
2) Jose Reyes Signs With The Miami Marlins
3) Fred Wilpon's Negative Comments towards Jose Reyes & The New York Mets.
4) Jose Reyes Wins The NL Batting Title.
5) Carlos Beltran Traded To San Francisco, Krod Traded To Milwaukee.
6) Mets Receive $25 Million In Loan From MLB, Then $40 Million From BOA.
7) Mets release Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo.
8) Ike Davis Out For The Season After Collision With David Wright.
9) David Wright Eventually Misses Two Months After Collision With Prince Fielder.
10) Still No Sign Of Johan Santana.

A quick review of those ten gems and it easy to see why 2011 is a year we'll always remember, despite the urge to quickly forget.  However, all is not lost!  One thing fans can take away from this past season was the acquisition of Zack Wheeler in exchange for Carlos Beltran.  Furthermore, as the days on the calendar reach zero, so too does the patience of Major League Baseball when it comes to the Mets' ownership team which finds itself overcome in debt. 

Yes, I can say with a good bit of certainty that 2011, irregardless of the club's record, was one of the worse years in franchise history.  However, we can also conclude that things could begin to turn themselves around over the course of the 2012 campaign.  Team ownership may find itself between a rock and a hard place once the Madoff lawsuit is settled.  Additionally, the team's young arms will start making their arrival by mid-year, giving Mets fans a glimpse of the future.  This upcoming season brings with it the first opportunity for both the franchise and its fans to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and start putting the pieces back together.  2012 likely won't find the Mets in a run for a pennant, but it can't get much worse..right?

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