Willie Randolph woke-up on Tueday jobless. The former New York Yankees 3rd base coach who was given the reins to the New York Mets was fired after winning last night’s game over the Angels 9-6. Along with Randolph two other coaches were let-go as well. In their place, former bench coach Jerry Manuel will become the Interim Manager and the New Orleans Manager (the Mets Triple-A affiliate) and pitching coach will come-up to fill the other roles.
The Mets have what many “experts” believe is a talented team that should challenge for the World Series. But they just haven’t been able to get much above .500 this year. But the Randolph’s job became shakey when the Mets experienced an historic collapse last year. The Phillies caught the Mets at the end of the season after it looked like the Mets would run away with the National League East.
The horrible ending last year made it imperative that Randolph and the Mets get off to a great start this year. That didn’t happen.
So a couple weeks ago rumors began to swirl that Randolph would be given the axe if the team didn’t start playing better right away. Though the Mets have now won 3 of their last 4, it’s a little too little a little too late.
So now the job of managing New York’s “other” team falls to Manuel. He has been around this league a long time and won’t feel pressured by the bright New York lights. But he may feel powerless to motivate a team that just seems like they are still hungover from their pitiful collapse last year.
The new Manuel era will begin Tuesday night when the Mets play another game against the Anaheim Angels at 10:05 est. We will see how this team responds.