Today, Mets' manager Willie Randolph was mercifully relieved of his duties, as was first-base coach Tom Nieto and pitching coach Rick Peterson. Why all this occurred on June 17, 2008 and not months ago is unknown to everyone outside of GM Omar Minaya, but nonetheless, what's done is done.
The only problem for Mets' fans is that perhaps the man who has been misleading the metaphorical lemmings off the edge of the cliff isn't Willie Randolph after all.
Yes, I'm looking in your direction Mr. Minaya.
Think about all the occasions when it seemed that Randolph was doing everything within his power to jeopardize his job status, yet Minaya would never fire him. At first, it was mind-boggling, but now that Randolph is gone, I've finally figured it out.
Omar Minaya knows that it's his rear end that's on the line now.
After being considered one of the smartest GMs in baseball as he left the Expos (renowned for drafting top-notch talent) for the big market of New York, Minaya's rep has lost quite a bit of luster as of late.
And rightfully so. Minaya has failed (much like the team on the field) to do the little things correctly. He gets the big-name pitcher like Johan Santana, but failed in ensuring proper pitching-depth to take the strain off of his equally shallow bullpen.
Knowing Pedro Martinez's health problems, it seemed obvious that the Mets would've needed an extra veteran-starter or two, especially when you have Oliver Perez (the SP equivalent of the "box of chocolates" cliché, you really don't know what you're going to get) in your rotation.
That aside, when you combine that with an oft-injured lineup that's "anchored" by the player formerly known as Carlos Delgado, it's not terribly surprising that the Mets are faltering.
What's even worse, factor in a clubhouse that contains a few players who simply don't know when to shut up (and conversely never speak), and you have the perfect storm for an organization gone bad.
So, now with Randolph gone and interim manager Jerry Manuel taking over (yes, the former White Sox manager, go figure), Omar Minaya is left exposed.
For his sake, the Mets better start winning now.