The Mets should be ashamed of how they handled the Ryan Church situation. On all levels.
Church said he told the team he felt he could play and absolves the team of all blame. He’s being the good soldier. And, don’t forget, he was thinking with a head injury.
I asked Omar Minaya, sarcastically, I admit, where Church got his medical degree so he could make such a decision. The Mets weren’t happy with the question and told me so, and my response was to tell them I still thought they mishandled the situation.
I even got a nasty e-mail from someone, asking who I was to question Minaya. Whoa. I am supposed to question authority in my business and not drink the Kool-Aid. Of course, I haven’t gotten an apology email from that gutless wonder.
Fact is, they never should have flown Church to Colorado. They should have never put him in the situation to make a decision. They should have known after the first concussion not to fool around. He should have been on the DL immediately.
All this you can find on this blog’s archives at the time.
If what the Mets are saying is true, that the doctors said Church was all right, then those doctors should be fired, and I mean RIGHT NOW.
Then again, why weren’t the Mets smart enough to get a second opinion? For that matter, why didn’t Church’s agent? How about acting in the best interest of your client?
Willie Randolph said concussions weren’t common in baseball and little is known about them. When I asked if the team didn’t seek advice from the Giants, Jets or Rangers, who deal with concussions all the time, he said he didn’t think so.
Well, why the hell not? And, by the way, plenty is known about concussions. Also, while I’m in full attack mode right now, how as manager can you not know what the front office is doing regarding your best player so far this year?
If you don’t know, then ask somebody who does.
Minaya is at fault for not making the DL decision earlier and not seeking a second opinion. Randolph is at fault for not benching him completely. The training staff is at fault for not insisting Church should sit or finding out more.
The Wilpons are at fault for letting this nonsense go on underneath their ownership.
And, while we’re at it, the players association is at fault for being asleep at the switch. They make a big stink out of limiting the testing for steroids and even suggesting collusion in not signing Barry Bonds, but when the health of one of their members is at question, where is Don Fehr? He’ll say this is a team’s business, but that’s bull. As a union, your first priority is to protect your membership.
The Mets got chippy when I and other reporters questioned what the team’s priority was, the health of the player or putting the best team on the field. Can’t see an apology coming from them, either.
Just dumb and arrogant from top to bottom. They should be ashamed, but I doubt they have that capability.