Well, after weeks of much speculation and ominous headlines in both the New York and National press, the fans of the New York Mets are probably happy with the news this morning -- made most likely before most even woke up on the East Coast.
At 3:15 a.m. ET -- that manager Willie Randolph had been fired along with Pitching coach Rick Peterson and first base coach Tom Nieto were also let go. Meanwhile, Jerry Manuel takes over -- for now.
How classless. If you were going to fire him -- why do it after he traveled cross country and boarded a plane. I guess Sunday being Father's Day delayed the inevitable.
From the AP: After weeks of speculation that his job was in jeopardy, Willie Randolph finally got fired by the New York Mets while most fans were sleeping.For a while I wondered if the Mets were looking to create like a mini-series or something with this whole saga with Willie Randolph.
The Mets had Willie Randolph manage the team Monday night in L.A. -- and fired him early Tuesday morning.
Randolph was let go in the middle of the night Tuesday, 2½ months into a disappointing season that has followed the team's colossal collapse last September.
Bench coach Jerry Manuel takes over on an interim basis for Randolph, who led the Mets to within one win of the 2006 World Series. They got off to a strong start again last year but plummeted down the stretch and have been unable to rebound.
A preseason favorite to win the NL pennant, the $138 million Mets (34-35) had won two in a row when Randolph was dismissed early Tuesday morning -- making him the first big league manager to get fired this season.
Pitching coach Rick Peterson and first base coach Tom Nieto also were cut loose in an enormous overhaul that was revealed in a fact-of-the-matter news release at a stunning time -- about 3:15 a.m. ET, nearly two hours after New York's 9-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Ken Oberkfell, the club's manager at Triple-A New Orleans, and Dan Warthen, pitching coach for the Zephyrs, will join the major league staff along with Luis Aguayo, a Mets field coordinator.
I don’t blame Willie for the Mets’ woes; they’ve got a top-heavy team with aging players, injuries, and their players seem to have a problem coming through in the clutch.
It’s simple - the Mets are mediocre and I think things are not going to change no matter how badly they wanted things shaken up.