Under the watchful eye of Steve Cohen, the New York Mets have been much different than they were below the Wilpon thumb. Unfortunately, the results haven’t been much better. Aside from three postseason games at home last year with one win to show for it, the Mets have been one big underachievement.
It’s not Cohen’s fault. He may be the last person to blame. He spends money. He has at least attempted to build a better brand and culture. What more can an owner do?
Responsibility does ultimately fall on him as he is the face of this franchise. Why, though, has it been such a miserable tenure so far?
1) NY Mets front office mistakes put them in an early hole
The 2021 Mets feel like a Wilponian season. The Mets were competitive but not all that good. A weak National League East, particularly in the first half of the season, led us to believe the team would end their playoff drought. They came up well short and the thirst continued.
The first year under Cohen was a bit messy. Jared Porter was fired from the general manager position only weeks after getting hired because of, well, kids may be reading. Zack Scott replaced him and he, too, lost the job in part because of a DUI after attending an event at Cohen’s house.
It wasn’t even the end of the 2021 season and already the team went through two general managers. They had essentially been called for two pitch clock violations before ever taking a swing.
The instability in the front office set the Mets back in the first year of the Cohen regime. Just as things began to feel a bit more settled, the dark clouds formed over the 2023 season. Do we start all over again?