Mets general manager Omar Minaya said it was his decision only to fire manager Willie Randolph last night.
“It was my decision to hire Willie Randolph, and it was my decision to fire Willie Randolph,â€™â€™ Minaya said. “It was my decision. It was my call.â€™â€™
Minaya said he told Randolph after Sundayâ€™s doubleheader that he would make a decision this week to either keep him on or make the change.
Minaya said he made the decision Monday morning before flying to Anaheim.
Minaya summoned Randolph to his hotel room where he informed the manager. Shortly thereafter, he offered the job to bench coach Jerry Manuel.
Minaya said he reasoning was the atmosphere of uncertainty that was around the club that overwhelmed the clubhouse this weekend.
Minaya also said Randolph was not entirely to blame and he took responsibility.
“I feel full responsibility,â€™â€™ Minaya said. “I hired Willie Randolph. I had a vested interest in Willie Randolph doing well. Willie Randolph is a reflection of my judgment.â€™â€™
Minaya said Manuel would have the job for the remainder of the season.
“Itâ€™s an opportunity you canâ€™t pass up,â€™â€™ Manuel said. “You have to take that opportunity. If Willie were in my shoes he would do the same thing.â€™â€™
Manuel said the team never overcame last seasonâ€™s collapse, and while Randolphâ€™s position was to attempt to put it behind the team, he said he would have done the opposite.
“I would have reminded the team of it,â€™â€™ Manuel said. “I would have used it as a spring board.â€™â€™
Manuel said one of his first priorities is to determine defined roles in the bullpen.
Manuel said Luis Aguayo would serve as third base coach and Ken Oberkfell would be the first base coach. Sandy Alomar Sr., will move from third base coach to bench coach.