Baseball Crank
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May 2, 2003
BASEBALL: Steve Phillips Must Go

I'll go into this in more detail at a later date, but I agree with most of Bruce Markusen's diagnosis of the Mets.

Somebody asked me earlier if you could describe anyone on the Mets as really being in his prime. Several Mets are close to their primes - Piazza, Leiter, Benitez, Trachsel, Floyd, Strickland, maybe Vance Wilson, possibly Wigginton. I'm suspicious of Glavine and Stanton, but both were still effective last season and both have had their moments. You could make a good argument that Trachsel and Floyd are in their primes, although both have started slowly this season, and Floyd is at least past his prime defensively.

A few of the non-stars/non-regulars are presently as good as they have ever been or will ever be - Timo, Weathers, Raul Gonzalez.

The real problem is that other than Wigginton and Wilson - neither of whom is ever going to be a star - and some of the pitchers who haven't done anything yet nobody on the team is likely to get any better than they are now. Which is not a good characteristic for a last-place team. Basically, this team has no present, no future, and most of its past is with other franchises.

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