Here is something I vaguely remembered, looked up, and found out I had remembered correctly. Baseball America named the NY Mets the "Organization of the Year" in 1983, when the major league team still stunk but the minor league teams were kicking ass. The Mets repeated as "Organization of the Year" in 1984. You know what happened next.
Evidently the Mets were also named "Organization of the Year" in 1995, another year with a losing record. I didn't notice because I stopped following baseball that year and for several years thereafter, after the consequences of a certain labor conflict and due to widespread juicing. In contrast, is a losing record a reason to stop following your team? Hardly. On the other hand, I won't be stomped on by as a fan and consumer and follow on like a sheep. But I hear the Mets had a good team in the late 1990s too, along with this guy named Piazza.
Well, if the Brooklyn Cyclones can finish above .500, that will be true of every Mets affiliate except Gulf St. Lucie. Organization of the Year again? Maybe. And let's hope what follows is similar as well. I get the feeling that the competition is all in the National League.