Monday, December 20, 2010
Updated: December 21, 12:04 PM ET
Mets' top five stories of 2010
By Adam Rubin
We asked ESPNNewYork.com's beat writers to rank their five top stories of 2010. Next up: Adam Rubin, who covered the New York Mets through a year in which they teased, disappointed and occasionally embarrassed their fans. Check out Adam's picks, then vote for yours in the poll at right.
1. Omar Minaya fired
After six years as general manager, Omar Minaya was fired the day after the regular season ended. Manager Jerry Manuel also was told he was not being retained. The fourth-place Mets (79-83) had just completed their second straight losing season. Despite high-profile additions during Minaya's tenure -- including Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Billy Wagner, Johan Santana, Francisco Rodriguez and Jason Bay -- the Mets reached the postseason only once.
2. Sandy Alderson hired
Former Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and MLB executive Sandy Alderson was introduced as Minaya's replacement on Oct. 29. He quickly assembled a high-priced, brainy front office, making splashes with the hiring of two of his former protégés, former Los Angeles Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta and former Toronto Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi. Unfortunately for Mets fans, the spending on assembling the front office is rivaling the amount the team will spend on free agents this offseason.
3. Mets beat Cards in 20 innings
In the franchise's longest game, inningswise, in 36 years, the Mets and Cardinals played 20 innings at Busch Stadium on April 17. Mike Pelfrey delivered the game's 652nd pitch to notch his first career save. The sides combined to use 46 players. A pair of position players pitched for St. Louis. This is a game story worth revisiting.
4. K-Rod arrested for assault
First, the FBI visited Mets camp during spring training to discuss Jose Reyes' and Carlos Beltran's visits to a Toronto doctor who was tied to an investigation of performance-enhancing drugs. Later, a civil suit was filed against Johan Santana alleging sexual misconduct. (He denies it, and no charges were filed in the case.) But Francisco Rodriguez had the highest-profile jurisprudence incident. The closer was arrested on a charge of assaulting his girlfriend's father outside the family room at Citi Field on Aug. 11. K-Rod made only one more appearance before requiring surgery on his right thumb, which he subsequently acknowledged injuring during the incident. The situation was finally resolved this month, when Rodriguez pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and agreed to attend 52 anger-management sessions. He also agreed to forfeit $3.1 million in 2010 salary to settle a grievance with the team.
5. Dickey's deliverance
During a subpar season, the Mets did unearth a bright spot in R.A. Dickey. The knuckleballer has resurrected his career after once being a conventional pitcher with the Texas Rangers. Now he will be counted on to be one of the anchors of the Mets' 2011 rotation.
Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.
Coming Wednesday: the New York Jets' top five stories of 2010