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Omar Minaya Newsbeat

Thursday, September 17, 2015

NY Times: Omar Minaya’s Fingerprints Are All Over These Mets

Let’s take a stroll around the current Mets infield. That big power-hitting lug Lucas Duda at first base? He was a Minaya-era draft pick, as was second baseman Daniel Murphy, whose hands are iron-coated but whose bat is gold-plated. Shortstop Ruben Tejada, completing a smart comeback year, was a find from Panama.

Wilmer Flores, Citi Field’s own Fountain of Tears, plays shortstop and second and swings a handsome bat. Minaya’s scouts signed Flores in Venezuela when he was 16.

Minaya’s scouts discovered Juan Lagares, the once and future center fielder, playing in a softball league in the Dominican Republic. “We tested his explosiveness and jumping ability, and he was right there with Carlos Gomez and Jose Reyes,” Minaya recalled.

Now we arrive at the golden heart of the matter: pitching. Starters Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Jon Niese were Minaya draft picks. In the bullpen, there is Familia and his heavy fastball and heavier sinker, along with Robles and Bobby Parnell.

Oh, and Manager Terry Collins? Minaya hired him as a minor league field coordinator. “He was going to retire before we hired him,” Minaya said.

bobm Posted: September 17, 2015 at 11:35 PM | 32 comment(s)
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