So Randolph is out as Mets manager. Clearly, this makes no sense. How can a guy win a poker hand when he is dealt cards that are fading and underachieving? That's what Randolph was given - Beltran, Delgado, Martinez, Castillo, Alou - cards that are making way more than they are giving.
They also canned pitching coach Rick Peterson and first base coach Tom Nieto. How can you fire one of the game's best pitching coaches? They players loved Peterson! And just look at the numbers. Peterson began his Mets coaching days in 2003. Other than that season, the Mets finished in the top 10 in the league in ERA every year. And even this season, the pitching hasn't been the problem.
So if it's not Randolph's fault, or the coaches, then whose fault is it? Well, you can't fire the team. How nice must it be to work for a job in which you can't get fired? That leaves the General Manager and the rest of the front office/player development area.
As a Mets fan, for the most part, I love what GM Omar Minaya has done for the Mets. I mean, who wouldn't be excited about having Beltran, Wagner, Delgado and Martinez on a team that includes David Wright and Jose Reyes? But it's what Minaya didn't do that irks me. In 2006, he had a wide-open chance to score Barry Zito, before he earned $126 million, and dropped the ball. Last season, he had so many opportunities to bring in a reliever for an over-worked bullpen, but couldn't pull the trigger.
It's not even so much that they fire Willie - it's how they went about it. How do you a fire a guy in the midst of a two-game win streak, and after having him fly 3,000 miles to Los Angeles? Minaya's inclusion on the trip indicates to me, at least, that there was intent on dismissing Randolph before the beginning of this road trip. So, why make him fly coast-to-coast, just to fly back to his home in New Jersey? Randolph grew up adoring the Mets, played as a Met, and this is how they treat him. Shameful.
So where do the Mets go from here? Well, Jerry Manuel is the interim manager. And all I have to say is, he better stay interim. I know Manuel had some good seasons with the White Sox, but he can't be the manager going into CitiField. The Mets need a manager with fire, passion and a name. Some guys I wouldn't mind seeing at the helm include: Lee Mazzili, Ray Knight, Bobby Valentine (though the Mets don't have enough Yen to lure him out of Japan) or Buck Showalter.
And keep in mind, the Mets are only six games out of first place coming into tonight's action. It's only the middle of June. There is plenty of time for them to pick up some pieces and right the ship. But Minaya needs to make some moves for them to have a shot.