Thursday, August 24, 2006

Omar's gang

Jon Heyman at Sports Illustrated writs about Omar Minaya and his supporting cast:

Omar's Gang: the Mets' Sandy Johnson, Bryan Lambe, Tony Bernazard, John Ricco and David Cohen.

Johnson is one of the best baseball people the last quarter-century and mentor to Minaya, who has a keen scouting eye and the sense to know when to let someone else handle things. Ricco and Cohen take care of the contracts while the others assist Minaya with player assessment and procurement. Perhaps signing Pedro Martinez, Billy Wagner, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado doesn't take genius. But how about Jose Valentin, Endy Chavez, Chad Bradford, Paul Lo Duca and that deal for Duaner Sanchez?

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