Monday, October 15, 2012

Welcome To The Offseason

Is it the offseason?  I never know whether or not to consider October (and sometimes the first days of November) the offseason.  The offseason started for 20 of 30 teams a couple of weeks ago but the playoffs are still going on so technically there is still Major League Baseball being played.

Either way, these are the most frustrating days of the year for me.  It is the time of the year when it's too early for any moves to be made but without any Mets baseball to watch.  This is when all of the armchair GMs are firing away with their ideas to improve the team.  Some of them involve trading franchise players.  Some of them involve throwing money at fringy free agents.  Most of them are completely absurd.

In recent years this has become the time for people to dissect the Mets finances.  When they declare they refuse to give more money to the organization until they start producing a product worth their hard-earned pennies.  This has become the time of year when fans declare whether or not they are going to renew their season ticket plans, and proudly share that decision with the entire world.  It's when people arbitrarily decided how many games they will attend next season, without any knowledge of what the team is actually focusing on for the offseason and the performance of next year's team.

October 15 is way too early to know how the offseason is going to shape up.  It's too early to know what players the Mets are going to sign, trade, re-sign, or release.  Front office officials can say anything they want, they can say they aren't going to increase the payroll or they aren't going to trade big prospects.  When the moves are actually made (or not made) I'll react to them.

Right now I don't know what to believe and I don't really feel like listening to anyone who may or may not have special "sources."  There are still four teams playing baseball right now.  There are still teams whose seasons haven't ended and therefore teams that aren't close to thinking about offseason moves.  This is the awkward in between time when baseball fans are anxious for news when there just isn't going to be any news for a few more weeks.

So maybe we shouldn't be joining the offseason just yet.  Maybe we should enjoy playoff baseball while we have it, because it'll be over in the blink of an eye.  Instead of deciding how we feel about the offseason now, let's enjoy the baseball we have and not freak out until something actually happens.

Let's Go Mets!

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