Willie Randolph needed to go.
Omar Minaya said so, during a West Coast trip at 3:15 am in New York.
The Mets promoted Jerry Manuel to interim manager from his position as bench coach after 59 games in the 2008 season, to extract whatever success he could from a flagging team. Although the Mets suffered their yearly collapse and finished second to the Phillies, the poor start they had under Willie Randolph was the deciding factor.
So, Manuel became the "permanent" manager before this season.
The Mets started the year with a clear depth chart, but true to the sport there have been unavoidable injuries, defensive lapses, and difficult slumps.
Managers are paid to make in-game decisions and mitigate the impact of a team that needs a boost. Manuel may tend to overmanage (the way Daniel Murphy is being handled stands out).
General Managers are paid for their ability to acquire players and make moves that allow the manager to do what he needs to to get the most success out of the team. Minaya is not making it easy for Manuel to do his job. And he's signed for three more years after this one.
Surely Omar Minaya and his staff have their reasons for the moves they make, but most of them defy common logic. If the Mets do not achieve success in 2009, Minaya needs to bear the brunt of that blame.