I spent six seasons working for three minor and major league teams. Those teams went to the playoffs five times. The Mets or Orioles need to hire me back.
Okay, this is going to be self indulgent, pointless and probably not even remotely “literary” (although, one day, I’d like to write a book about my experiences), but I think it is an interesting story. Do I believe that if a team hires me they would go to the playoffs? No, however, I have been incredibly lucky in my time in baseball.
In 1994, I worked for the New Jersey Cardinals, the Short Season Class-A minor league team for St. Louis during their inaugural season. They went 43-32 and won the New York Penn League Championship. Amazingly, they would never go back to the playoffs again in their 12 years history and only had two other winning seasons.
In the fall of 1995, I got a job with the Baltimore Orioles, in 1996, they went to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, winning the AL Wild Card. In 1997, they went wire-to-wire, winning the A.L. East, beating out the Yankees. It was the only time in and 11 year period that the Yankees did not win the A.L. East. Both years they advances to the League Championship Series, losing both times. In the winter of 1998, the New York Mets hired me. In the 11 years since I left Baltimore, they have had a losing season every time and on their way to another one this year.
The Mets went 88-74 in 1998, narrowly missing the playoffs. In 1999 they went 97-66 and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons. After a dramatic Division Series, they advanced to the NLCS. They became the first team to force a game six after being down 3-0 in a seven game series, before losing to the Braves. In 2000, they went 94-68 and went to the World Series for the first time in 14 years. Although they lost, they got closer to a World Championship in each year I was there. It was also the only time in club history that they went to the playoffs in back to back years. They have only been back to the playoff’s once since. Although I was still in baseball for part of the 2001 season, I was working for MLB and not the Mets.
Okay, so all this is pure coincidence, but I wonder if I should get myself an agent.