How much longer will it take to make the obvious move and cut ties with Willie Randolph? Do you consider that comment to be piling on? Well let me count the ways that this can be the only conclusion to come to.
1. This is a sub-.500 team going back to last June 1 (nearly a full season’s worth of games). When do you stop thinking that you’re better than you are and begin to realize that this is exactly what you are?
2. After experiencing the agony of one of the worst collapses in baseball history, you would think that would be enough to change Willie’s managerial style, however, he still manages the same exact way! He relies too heavily on his bullpen, leans too much on his veterans and rarely makes a move that leads to a win from the bench. When was the last time he made a move that directly led to a win? He invoked Herman Edwards’ name recently and he’s a lot like him in the fact that they both were abject failures are managing in-game situations. At least Edwards was a good motivator of his players off the field.
3. Willie goes and does exactly what he admonished Billy Wagner for and creates a unnecessary distraction for his team with his stupid and idiotic comments to Ian O’connor in hinting that race has something to do with the criticism he’s received recently. It has nothing to do with race and everything to do with his clear failure to progress and grow as a manager during his time at the helm.
4. His failure to realize that maybe he has to do something to light a fire under his team and get their attention. If the blown Delgado home run call in the Yankee game last Sunday night wasn’t enough to get him fired up and ejected, nor was the ejection of his bench coach who was clearly told by the umpire to “shut up,” then nothing will ever cause him to take a stand for his players or do something that’s out of character for him in an effort to spark this team.
Willie talks all about how he knows his team and how he knows NY because that’s where he comes from. Could have fooled me because why does he go small town and criticize the fans for their reaction to this pathetic, lifeless and overpaid team? Everything he has done has been a miscalculation and he has no clue how to go about reversing the course that this season is taking. He just continues to roll out the same lineup and bear witness to the same mind boggling results. Move Delgado down to the 6th spot….window dressing. How about doing something much more drastic and dropping Reyes down in the lineup and making him earn his way back to the leadoff spot? How about not continuing to depend on the same pathetic relievers when you continue to see failure on their part? How about letting your starting pitchers get out of late inning jams, even if they have already thrown 100 pitches? How about changing your managerial style because it’s clearly not working? How about realizing that while you may like to treat your players like men (a common phrase of his), there comes a time when they may need to be treated like babies and kicked in the rear end, especially when they’re not responding to your professional and adult minded attempts at motivation? How about doing something that shows you want to keep your job because you realize that your season is at a crossroads and desparate times require desparate measures?
It must be that Willie’s just in denial. Remember, this was the same guy who showed such great leadership late last year that he continually stated that the free fall the Mets were in was only going to make the champagne taste that much sweeter. He’s lost as a manager and he’s lost his team. As a result, the team has lost its fan support. The team has to be met when it returns from this dreadful road trip tonight and informed that their play has cost their manager his job. It’s time for ownership to make the bold move that Minaya appears unwilling to and take control of this situation before another season is lost.