Willie Randolph Tanked, Joe Girardi To Follow

Ben SandbergCorrespondent IJune 23, 2008

Early in morning of June 17, 2008, the acclaimed manager of the Mets—Willie Randolph—was fired. His firing came mere hours after a nail-biting victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Randolph, who reached the NLCS in 2006, has been under enormous scrutiny recently. Last year, he guided the Mets to the biggest collapse in baseball history.

In the month of September, they blew a seven-game lead over the Phillies in just 17 days. This was directly attributed to Randolph's inability to make proper decisions.

The scrutiny continued into this year. Willie seemed uncomfortable with every situation that he was faced with. He kept pitchers in the game when it was obvious that they were tired. In addition, he did not know when to warm pitchers up, thus they came into the game unprepared and did not pitch to their full potentials.

While Willie was relieved of his duties, the other manager in New York, Joe Girardi, did not.

Girardi has not been under as much scrutiny, but I have discovered some of his questionable decisions. After Rodriguez aggravated his quadricep the first time, Girardi put him back into the lineup within a week. Soon after this lineup change, Rodriguez hurt his quadricep again, and this time he went on the 15-day DL.

In addition, Girardi jumped the gun by putting Joba Chamberlain into the starting rotation.

Clearly, Girardi is afraid of Hank Steinbrenner. Do you want a manager who will succumb to the whim of the front office? Joe Torre, as manager of the Yankees, made his own decisions, and he did not formulate them around the Yankees' management.

Girardi should be replaced with a more competent manager, like the one the Yankees let slip away, Don Mattingly. Mattingly, a fan favorite and a joyous individual, should help guide this team to a 27th world championship.