Castillo Gone, Perez Gone, Wilpons Next?

Bravo to Sandy Alderson who successfully jettisoned Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez - now if Sandy can send Fred, Jeff and Saul packing next we’d really have a franchise we could root for.

I’m relieved we won’t have to endure relentless booing at the home opener - unless Fred or Jeff steps foot on the field that is. I think Alderson likely took the intangible negativity of fans booing their own players into account more than he’s willing to admit. No one, especially a new GM hired to clean up a current mess, wants home games poisoned by fan vitriol. 

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Y’know the Mets are the only team going whose 2 biggest player personnel moves this off-season were releasing guys under contract. Most fanbases celebrate when a player is signed - too bad we’re reduced to waiting/rooting for players to get cut.

Only the Mets boys and girls, only the Mets.

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Pelf got rocked in the 4th but was cruising until then. I’m worried about Pelfrey squaring off vs team aces all season. 

I think he can have a big year and take another step forward but it would be much easier to do so in the 2 slot.

13 Responses to “Castillo Gone, Perez Gone, Wilpons Next?”

  1. JoeG Says:

    Anybody listen to that Yankee yes-man Michael Kaye rip the Mets for releasing Luis Castillo yesterday?-I was so pissed -I wanted to rip my computer out of the wall and smash it. Kaye says since no one stepped up-Castillo was the best option going forward. Non Yankee fans don’t understand what its like looking at Castillo’s sorry looking puss, Grady -esque limp and the attepts at the slap base hits. I would take anybody including Emaus/Hu at 2nd…..He was actually aggressively arguing about it with Don LaGreca…. I hate that guy more than Fatcessa……….what a tow the line Yankee scumbag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. ProfessorReyes Says:

    I’m not really worried about Big Pelf.
    The guy I’m starting to wonder about is Warthen.
    Shouldn’t Warthen be held accountable for the number of pitchers who were mishandled, some who are gone forever?

  3. Matt the Met Fan Says:

    I am getting sick of writers like Vaccaro in the Post saying “now the fans don’t have Perez and Castillo to blame anymore” - like its our fault?? - sorry we boo horrible play - esp play that the fan - yes the people that pay these salaries are dissatified with a selfish player who won’t go to the minors or a ML player who can’t catch a popup - yes a popup that would have been the last out complaining he’s not starting??

    This had to happen .. not just b/c they bred a bad culture of losing and selfishness but b/c they sucked!! and thank God Alderson has the power to do it ..

  4. rj Says:

    I am so glad Perez is gone..I am just so glad this guy is gone..Beltran and then the Wilpons and then maybe this team gets back to the world series in 2020..

  5. USMF Says:

    It’s what I call the Joe Benigno mentality…basically, you don’t have to know what you’re talking about, don’t have to have any common sense, dont’ base any of your opinions in fact, you just have to bitch and whine about everything, be louder than every body else and never be happy with anything.

    I’ve heard NY Media guys say that it was unfair to dump Castillo because he’s just as good as Reyes!?! Maybe Castillo seven years ago was comparable with Reyes, but last year Castillo had a BA of .235 and a SLG of .267 that ranked 667 in all MLB!!! (Perspective; Johan had a SLG of .274)

    I don’t hate Castillo, I don’t hold that pop up against him…one bad play shouldn’t define a player…but sadly for Castillo, his defense wasn’t good enough to make up for his weak bat and he couldn’t stay healthy enough to prove that he’s got anything left. The Mets need to move on and see what options they have at 2nd for the future.

    And Perez sucked…no speed, no location, no command, no movement and not smart enough to compensate…EOS

    Listen, this all boils down to one thing…losing. If the Mets had made the playoffs three out of the last four years, then nobody would care about Perez or Castillo, nobody would care that Omar blamed a beat reporter for Tony Bernazaird (SP?) nobody would care that Beltrans knees are shot, or that Bay had a piss poor season, that Reyes only played in 133 games last year, or most noticeably, that Wilpon got screwed by Madoff and now Picard.

    Winning solves all those problems…Spanks have plenty of issues too; bad contracts, bad attitudes, bad managing and nut case owners, but they win so nobody cares…

  6. USMF Says:

    One more thing…

    here is my Long Distance Dedication to Ollie Perez…

    Of all the things I believe in
    I just want to get it over with
    tears from behind my eyes
    but I do not cry
    Counting the days that past me by

    I’ve been searching deep down in my soul
    Words that I’m hearing are starting to get old
    Looks like I’m starting all over again
    The last three years were just pretend and I say

    Goodbye to you
    Goodbye to everything I thought I knew
    You were the one I love
    The one thing that I tried to hold on to

    I still get lost in your eyes
    And it seems like I can’t live a day without you
    Closing my eyes till you chase my thoughts away
    To a place where I am blinded by the light but it’s not right

    Goodbye to you
    Goodbye to everything I thought I knew
    You were the one I loved
    The one thing that I tried to hold on to

    Ohhh yeah
    It hurts to want everything & nothing at the same time
    I want whats yours and I want whats mine
    I want you but I’m not giving in this time

    Goodbye to you
    Goodbye to everything I thought I knew
    You were the one I loved
    The one thing that I tried to hold on to
    The one thing that I tried to hold on to

    Goodbye to you
    Goodbye to everything I thought I knew
    You were the one I loved
    The one thing that I tried to hold on to

    We the stars fall and I lie awake
    Your my shooting star

    …and now, on with the countdown.

  7. cleonjones Says:

    Joe G,Matt the Met Fan,USMF- who cares what the writers and reporters and saying about the release of Ollie and Castillo. WE as METS fans KNOW they HAD to GO !!!!!!!!!!! I rather have a no name rookie out that playing his butt off than these two knuckleheads. As for Castillo- YES I DO hold the missed pop up against the Yankees against him-That was a defining moment. He was a Golg Glove fielder. Lets go METS !!!!!!!

  8. Met_Maven Says:

    I’m glad to see the two of them go. Bottom line, they couldn’t help the team win and when that happens you have to part ways, irregardless of weather they are liked or not. I don’t hold the dropped pop up against him, it was a meaningless game in a lost season. If it was a game that was make or break for the playoffs, then I’d hold it against him. I was upset at the time and held a long grudge, probably until the end of the season. It was only magnified because it was against the Yankees, if it was against the Cubs, it wouldn’t have been that big of a deal.

    As for the Wilpons, no matter how much the fans cry they are not getting rid of the team because the fans say so. Its been in their family for 30+ years so its not something they’d part from without putting up as much of a fight as they can. They wont sell the Mets unless they absolutely have to. I want new ownership as much as the next fan, but speculating on the Wilpons being gone anytime soon is a waste of time. I hope they sell, and I hope they sell soon, but a “quick” sale will take at least a year to complete. I’d much rather talk about who we should be excited about, who looks good, who’s going to make 2nd base and what our rotation and pen can do.

    I think the short-term plan for the Mets should be build a contending team by whatever means possible for when they hold the All Star game in 2013. That gives 2 1/2 years to promote, sign or trade for the missing pieces we need to be relevant again and talked about in a positive way in the baseball community.

    10 days till Opening Day! It can’t get here soon enough! Remember true believers “Ya gotta believe”

    LETS GO METS GO!

  9. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    BMF: I am in full agreement on big Pelf. I have seen him pitch in person the last four times and I am very concerned about him!

    ^ProfessorReyes: Yes I know this is just Spring Training and all of that but I belive he is way over his head being the ace. He just does not seem to be the same Big Pelf, this year. The velocity is just not there!

    Just because we have promoted him to our #1 doesn’t mean that he is up to it. I am sorry but I just think we are asking to much from him.

    I will be surprised if he has a .500 record for us this year.

    Hate to burst your bubble.

  10. USMF Says:

    FMFR, I’m not concerned about Pelf’s spring performance, he just doesn’t do well in spring training…he can’t turn on that competitive spark in meaningless games. But I’m not sure he’s up to the “ace” task either. His performance is usually all over the place, he’s either really good or really bad…to be an ace, you can’t have bad games.

    Met_Maven- you’re right; no matter what we say or how we feel, Wilpon is not going to sell this team unless he absolutely has to. But he has too much tied into Sh!ty Field, SNY and the Mets to give up controlling interest in any of them. And for those who want Wilpon gone, I’ve said this before, be careful what you wish for…I know things look bad, but it could easily be worse. New ownership doesn’t mean that anything will change or get better. (but I do hope that Jeffie boy never gets control of anything)

    cleonjones- the only reason I care what the NY Press (and all press for that matter) has to say is because way too many people listen to these @$$H0LE$ and believe what they say as fact.

  11. IrishMike Says:

    Castillo is already making friends and influencing people on his new team.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2011/news/story?id=6246728

  12. Helix Says:

    Stock up on your Pepto-Bismal fellow Met fans… it’s gonna’ be one of those seasons.

  13. rj Says:

    And Perez sucked…no speed, no location, no command, no movement and not smart enough to compensate…EOS>

    I totally agree with this statement USMF.. Pedro had similar problems later on in his career and WAS smart enough to compensate. I think Perez just didn’t care and I hate people like this. Years ago you would hear pitchers that had problems go to old vets for help and he didnt. I’ll give you a perfect example MIKE SCOTT former Met and the scariest guy in the 1986 playoffs.. I’m still convinced that if we faced him in a 7th game we wouldnt have made the Series…and Bill Buckner would have been an above average player that played with the Dodgers and the Red Sox.

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