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New York Mets: Three bitter mistakes from this past winter

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Carlos Beltran talks to the media after being introduced the manager of the New York Mets during a press conference at Citi Field on November 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Carlos Beltran talks to the media after being introduced the manager of the New York Mets during a press conference at Citi Field on November 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 20: A detaieled view of the the Mets logo during the team workout at Clover Park on February 20, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Minor leaguers are banned from the Clover Park clubhouse

This is not understandable at Clover Park. A clubhouse privilege is earned when a person joins a company. Saying the employees need to earn access to rooms that the company didn’t even pay for, is discriminatory. Shouldn’t the Port Saint Lucie taxpayers or at least city leaders have a say on how the facilities are utilized?

Imagine if a school renovates the teacher’s lounge using taxpayer’s money, however, the substitute teachers, studying to become professional teachers, were not allowed in it. The sub cannot be comfortable all season long, can’t eat like the big pros or even in their cafeteria, even though the pros only come to pontificate 1/9 of the year.

This issue echoes history with a bloody yell. You can’t use this water foundation, you can’t use this bathroom, you can’t sit here you gotta sit there, where do you sit on the bus? This pool isn’t for you.

Instead of race, social-economic status discrimination reeks within this decision. Wouldn’t it make sense to spoil your minor leaguers, at their home stadium, so that they would desire the royal treatment when they tour as professional ballplayers?

Sometimes minor leaguers have more humility, class, and manners than participants at the pro level. Are the Mets owners nervous about wear and tear? The cleaning fees? We are just talking about a leather couch here and a fancy mural. The owners are in the active process of selling the team. They could set cool standards and leave it to someone else to be the bully.

The owners need to offer up all of the kindness they can. Selling the team is not going to resolve the resentment, contempt, or disgust from the past Mets’ culture, humble actions while still owning the team will. Use the awesome facilities, have the saplings from the farm taste the sweetest, and be generous.

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