Minaya releases heartfelt statement after leaving Mets, signs off as 'Omar from Queens'

Danny Abriano
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Omar Minaya
Omar Minaya

Omar Minaya left the Mets organization on Friday along with GM Brodie Van Wagenen and other key members of the front office as Sandy Alderson took over as team president under new owner Steve Cohen.

Minaya served as Mets GM from the 2005 season until the conclusion of the 2010 season and returned as a special assistant to Alderson in December of 2017.

On Tuesday, Minaya released a statement that touched on his time with the Mets and his departure...

I would like to thank Jeff Wilpon, Saul Katz, and Fred Wilpon for their friendship and the opportunity they have given me to be part of the New York Mets family.

Fred and I have had a father-son relationship for many years, and I am looking forward for that relationship to continue.

I want to congratulate Steve Cohen on becoming the owner of this historic franchise. Steve is a friend, and I know that this has been a lifelong dream of his. I am confident that Steve's passion, competitiveness, and commitment to excellence will make Mets fans proud.

I also would like to congratulate Sandy Alderson on his new position. I've worked with Sandy and competed against him for many years, and I know that he is going to do all he can to bring this franchise a World Series Championship.

I want to thank Brodie Van Wagenen, the Mets players, and all the Mets Baseball Operations people, especially our scouts and player development staff who I worked with on a daily basis. I also would like to thank all the Mets Stadium Operations, Grounds Crew, Security, Ushers, Clubhouse Staff, Trainers, and Doctors who for the past twenty years have made Shea Stadium and Citi Field a family environment.

Most importantly, I would like to thank the fans. There are no greater fans in baseball than New York Mets fans. As a kid who grew up in the shadow of Shea Stadium, it has been an honor to be part of this organization.

Let's Go Mets,

Omar from Queens