Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday night recap; Randolph fired
Not much action around the league, so I'll use this space to mention the New York Mets classless firing of manager Willie Randolph along with coaches Rick Peterson and Tom Nieto. I mean, I get it. It's New York, expectations are sky high, and the Mets weren't delivering. Someone had to answer for the mess, and why should that person be the General Manager, Omar Minaya, who has made a countless number of poor transactions in his tenure as GM?
But they sure could've handled the situation better.
It's been obvious that Randolph has been on the hot seat in New York ever since their late season collapse in 2007. Speculation has been rampant that Randolph would let go for weeks, with the Mets slow start to 2008 only exacerbating problems. So what'd the Mets do? They waited until they flew cross country to Anaheim, won a game (after having won 3 of their last 4), and fired their manager at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Were they scared of letting Randolph go on Father's Day? The move was inevitable, I'm sure Randolph actually would have preferred the day off. Why wait until he flies to the other side of the country?
And did the Mets save money by flying Randolph and his coaches back across the country in business class? JetBlue? Or perhaps *gulp* ... Greyhound?
At least he won't have to be a part of another dreadful week of interleague baseball.
You stay classy, New York.