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The Sick are Healed

Don’t trip over all the casts, crutches, slings and splints scattered along the streets of North America tonight. They were discarded this morning by Met after Met who was magically healed by the news that Ray Ramirez will no longer be training them.

The sick, the lame and the day-to-day are all up on their feet, their hamstrings pleasingly loose, their limbs fully flexed, their ulnas utterly undisturbed. Michael Conforto’s posterior capsule is as smooth and supple as a baby’s bottom. Wilmer Flores’s nose breathes free and easy; just try fouling a ball of that schnozz now. Tommy Milone’s left elbow, which was described as sore in late September, can be referred to as totally mellow in early October.

Once an organization has its Ramirez removed, the rehabilitation program occurs organically. Consider that since the Mets announced their head trainer of thirteen seasons will not return for a fourteenth, they haven’t placed a single player on the disabled list. Nor have they lost a single game. During the final year Ray was spotted continually emerging from the dugout to have a little look-see, what did the Mets do? They lost games and they went on the disabled list.

Yeah, it was all Ray Ramirez’s fault. This just confirms it.

16 comments to The Sick are Healed

  • Dave

    As good as a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Step forth and be healed!

  • eric1973

    Since I probably can’t spell Hallelujah (sic?), I will shout it from the rooftop!

    And throw in a double AMEN to boot!

  • Jerryk

    Sign Moustakas, trade for Hernandez or Gordon.

  • Eric

    I’m curious what if any team will hire Ramirez to be their trainer.

  • Joe41

    The Mets should play their home games at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

  • Matt in DE

    The losses are clearly not all his fault, that would be the lack of depth. However, the need for an extraordinary amount of depth, was due to an extraordinary volume of injuries, which has not been a one-year fluke. I’m not a doctor or trainer, but clearly something was not quite right with their training program.

  • Pete the Midnight Golfer

    Baseball is a game/occupation with lots of repetitive stress. Also, it’s played by young men who tend not to worry about crashing on a friend’s couch after a night out. I suppose we could place each player in a suspended animation deep freeze between games and ship them carefully when they travel for 81 games. One of the probs with all sports these days is that we have the athletes honed for max performance and it isn’t sustainable. Besides reducing the schedule to 154 (142 would be better) games, I would have coaches focused much more on the proper fundamentals and think smart while out there. Any other thoughts that wouldn’t mess with the tradition of the beautiful game?

  • Harvey Poris

    Of course the guy they should fire they didn’t. Mike Barwis, their conditioning program guy, who stressed muscle mass over flexibility and agility, will be back to wreck more havoc.

  • Gil

    Terry’s a consultant, Ray is gone, and deGrom cut his hair. What does it all mean?

    • Eric

      DeGrom’s hair was a devil’s bargain that gave him 201 innings and 239 strike-outs this season, but at what cost to those he loves … what cost. He’s going to make things right now.

      Also, Geico needs to come up with a new ad campaign for him.

  • eric1973

    Hey, Gil, it means deGrom consulted Terry, and Terry told him to.

    And since Ray is gone, he survived it without incident.

  • mikeL

    This would be nice if all of the mets’ injury/diagnostic/rehabilitative woes belonged to ramirez alone. I’m guessing he takes his directions from the wilpons – through whatever appropriate conduit.
    If we could only vote out the ownership group…

    On the other hand if many of the mets’ injured stars don’t actually recover (or stay on ths field for too long) in ’18, ray will be glad he’s spending more time with the family or whatever….

    As for barwis, flexibility and agility are way overrated in today’s game…rampant freak injuries give our humble and cerebral sport much needed (and mr bill-inspired) physicality!

    Go cleveland!

  • Curt

    If I was going to analyze this closely I might find something to disagree with but Greg – I like the way you think!

    Waiting to find out that deGrom lost an ear getting his hair cut.

  • Seth

    Firing Ramirez is just putting a band-aid on the problem.

  • open the gates

    You know what? It’s the trainer’s job to keep the team healthy. By that metric, Ramirez has been doing an awful job for years and years and years. Is it fair to him? Not entirely. But it’s not entirely unfair either. Managers have been fired for less (see: Collins, Terry). At the end of the day, it’s about results, and Ramirez hadn’t produced. All of which said, I think Barwis is at least as culpable, if not more so. Bulking up baseball players has been discredited at least since the end of the Steroid Era. He should be home as well.

  • Eric

    In today’s Bill Barnwell article at ESPN, he said the NY (football) Giants have been the most injured team in the NFL for several years. Like the Mets, the Giants team doctors are from the Hospital for Special Surgery.