Just days after Willie Randolph was fired by Mets general manager Omar Minaya, ESPN has hired Randolph to help analyze games.
The suggestion was made by Steve Phillips, who was a general manager for the Mets and now works for Baseball Tonight.
ESPN's lead producer, John Grason, said in a statement late Saturday night, "We figured that if Steve can provide nothing close to insightful commentary, we might as well let Willie have a shot at it."
Also, Grason said he was intrigued by the idea that every question Randolph was asked, he could turn them into racial issues.
It might be a good thing for ESPN, seeing as TNT has had success after their hire of Charles Barkley to do the late-night breakdowns. Barkley has been one of the most popular analysts, despite not saying one constructive thing.
When asked whether Mariners recently-fired manager John McLaren would join the crew, Grason noted that, "we're a family station, and he cusses far too much."
Grason was quick to note that in a SportsCenter segment, McLaren required a record 39 bleeps during a press conference.
I'm truly hoping that everything works out for Randolph, because if not, he might just join Jesse Jackson on his career path.
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