Found February 01, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
While I´m quite tired of the “Omar vs. Sandy” debate, a recent post about the “strong farm system” Omar Minaya supposedly left behind in late 2010, got me thinking and looking. To summarize, as of today, it doesn´t look as if the farm system left behind was all that good. And one  big reason for the Mets´ recent and even current struggles is directly related to the lack of quality (not quantity of ) higher end homegrown talent that Minaya left behind for his successor.  Don´t get me wrong, the system wasn´t barren either as some members of the media suggested back then. But if you take a closer look, it was mediocre at best – especially if you´re looking for potential short- and midterm help for the major league roster. And the effects are lasting. Now, a few acknowledgements before I get into details: I very much respect Omar Minaya, one of the nicest persons you´ll find in all of Baseball. He did a good job, building what he was asked to do initially, i.e. a “quick fix winner” shor
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