Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Mets Finally Fire Willie Randolph
I've never really been a fan of the Wilpon's. As owners of my team they've got little to show for their running the show and it was always my understanding that Nelson Doubleday (when he co-owned the Mets) deserved much more credit then Fred did for the '86 world championship squad.
Either way one can certainly argue that Willie Randolph should've gotten fired for last season's historic collapse alone. So Willie knew that he had to get off to a good start this year in order to keep his job, but for the most part I liked Willie and thought that he at least deserved the full year to get the team back in the playoffs. Carlos Delgado being a flop, Moises Alou forever on the DL and the bullpen being inconsistent certainly aren't Willie's fault.
To me, Willie lost his job for a few reasons besides the team not getting off to a good start: not getting thrown out at Yankee Stadium on that Delgado home-run that wasn't (another reminder of Willie's lack of fire and passion), the controversial comments about race he made a month ago (you don't do that to the first team to give you a chance to manage) and the fact that players just didn't go out of their way for him. I like Willie and I hope he gets another chance to manage someday. As for the Mets? They still need to make a big trade no matter whose managing the team, the lackluster play has just been going on for too long now.