Do you want to fire your hitting coach? Go for it. However, it’s hard to imagine the Mets handling the Rick Down firing any more clumsily. How the Mets did this was akin to the Yankees sacking their conditioning coach. GM Omar Minaya wanted to do something, and damn if he didn’t.
He did so without having Down’s replacement in mind. It’s between Howard Johnson and Rickey Henderson. I’m betting HoJo, because quite frankly, can anybody envision Henderson breaking down film for three hours? Not me.
The fallout is the revelation Minaya and manager Willie Randolph aren’t always on the same page. Minaya ran past Randolph what he wanted to do, and the manager wasn’t thrilled. Randolph brought over Down, and among other things, today called him “my brother.”
When asked his thoughts, Randolph said: “I’m an organizational man.”
When asked how he responded to Minaya, Randolph said: “If you want to make that decision, you’re the GM, you make the decision.”
Both David Wright and Shawn Green said it was a political move to get the player’s attention. “As players, we didn’t do the job,” Wright said.