Cabrera-Minaya chat raises eyebrows
By Juan C. Rodriguez
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted May 2 2007
NEW YORK · Marlins President David Samson and General Manager Larry Beinfest could not have been pleased at what they observed from the Shea Stadium visitors' dugout Tuesday.
While the Mets were taking batting practice and the Marlins were stretching, Mets General Manager Omar Minaya engaged third baseman Miguel Cabrera in about a 10-minute conversation.Per Major League Baseball directive, it was tampering. Was Minaya recruiting Cabrera, a free agent after the 2009 season? Of course not, but the subject matter is irrelevant.
MLB prohibits fraternizing among players when they are in uniform. It happens anyway, but rarely do you see front office personnel conversing with opposing players save for cursory greetings.
Minaya is one of the more congenial baseball people around. He's a fixture on the field during batting practice, and the Mets said it's not unusual to see him chatting up players on both sides. Monday, he spent part of the pregame visiting with Beinfest and manager Fredi Gonzalez, and even sat for a while in the Marlins dugout with owner Jeffrey Loria.
Beinfest and Minaya have enjoyed a productive business relationship. Two offseasons ago they struck two separate deals involving Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca. This last offseason the Marlins acquired relievers Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom from the Mets for Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick.
Though it was apparent the Minaya-Cabrera chat did not escape their notice, neither Samson nor Beinfest would comment on it.