I spent a good part of this afternoon writing about the Mets firing Willie Randolph in preparation for what seems like the inevitable. If not now, then after the season should the Mets not make the playoffs. It’s such a miserable story to write.
No, Randolph is far from a perfect manager, but the Mets are a better team now then when he took over. He should get some of the credit.
I can’t see the Mets pulling the trigger on Randolph during the season for the following reasons:
-Who is better out there? Let’s forget Bobby Valentine. Buck Showalter, maybe. But seriously, what’s an interim manager going to accomplish?
-I would think paying Randolph not to manage would be distasteful for the Wilpons.
-As bad as the Mets are playing, they are still within distance to make a run. Maybe improbable, but not impossible.
-Firing Randolph exposes Omar Minaya and the team he put together. Let’s call it as it is. This is Minaya’s team. It’s loaded with aging, injured, unproductive and expensive players. Their window was 2006.