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What a Mets mess

Posted on: June 17, 2008 9:21 am
 

It was time for the Mets to finally make their decision on Willie Randolph -- but not like this.

It had reached the point where the Mets really couldn't avoid firing Willie Randolph -- but not like this.

You wondered how the Willie saga could get worse. Well, it got worse, and now this is Omar Minaya's legacy with the Mets.

When Minaya himself gets fired -- and doesn't that seem all the more inevitable now? -- the secretive cross-country flight and post-midnight massacre will be the way he's remembered. The Mets GM made a move he was totally justified in making, and yet he did it in a way that made him look indecisive and undignified at the same time.

Minaya has to be fearing for his own job, and not just because the Mariners reminded us Monday that general managers also take the blame when overpaid teams underachieve. Mets ownership can't be happy with the way their team is being ripped this morning.

Is ownership at fault, too? Of course, but that doesn't matter. Owners don't get fired.

Managers do, especially managers who watch their team blow a seven-game lead with 17 games to play. The Mets could have fired Randolph on that evidence alone, and a baseball man who knows MInaya well told me that the GM wanted to do exactly that. The owners, who had just given Randolph a contract extension, apparently said no.

Too bad they did, for all involved. The Mets could have avoided the mess they made over the last couple of weeks.

And it is a mess, a bigger mess today than it was yesterday. And that hardly seems possible.

Category: MLB
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Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:48 am
 

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Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2008 4:18 pm
 

What a Mets mess

Too many Latin American head cases including Minaya



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2008 3:24 am
 

What a Mets mess

I'm not surprised that he got fired. I agree with Miller's latest offering, if you were going to do it then do it in a proper way. They strung the guy along for over a month or more and that is classless. We all know that when teams play bad then people get fired, that is a fact. However it should not have gone down like this.



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 8:48 pm
 

What a Mets mess

Minaya has to go as well. Surprised he didn't go before Randolph.




Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 7:52 pm
 

What a Mets mess

Did they? Minaya ignored his team's age issue. He gets rid of Milledge.They trade a second (young) outfielder in Gomez in the deal for Santana, and look at the OF situation now. Going into the season, they had to know that Alou would get hurt. Angel Pagan was their emergency plan? And now, Fernando Tatis is your organizational depth at OF? I've never seen a team have such inability to have major league ready players available to come up and help. In my mind, another example of Minaya's inability.



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