Mets COO Jeff Wilpon Says GM Omar Minaya Made a Mistake in News Conference

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A top Mets executive acknowledged Tuesday that Omar Minaya made a mistake by singling out a reporter during a bizarre news conference and put the general manager on notice.

"Ownership is not happy with the direction of the team," Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said before the game against Colorado.

Minaya held a messy news conference Monday to announce the firing of his longtime friend, Tony Bernazard, as vice president of player development. Minaya questioned the motives of a local beat writer who had written stories critical of Bernazard -- Minaya said the writer had "lobbied" him for a job.

"He was just very angry and got out of his normal mode of dealing with the media," Wilpon said.

Wilpon said Minaya remained "visibly shaken" and was not available to comment.

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