What Willie Randolph Should Expect Today

Willie Randolph’s Damoclean adventure seems to be coming to an end, and none too soon.

“These are our coaches today. I think we’re not playing up to our potential. I always leave room to evaluate things.” Those are the less-than-encouraging words of Mets GM Omar Minaya after the Mets split a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers yesterday.

And this is what Willie should expect from Omar later today:

Especially since, according to news reports from the New York Daily News, Omar Minaya has received permission from the owners of the Mets, the Wilpons, to fire Willie and Rick Peterson and to have Jerry Manuel take over as manager.

I just hope the Wilpons saved a little of that firing sauce for Omar Minaya too.

And just to help out the poor Mets fans who have been suffering so recently, here’s some video from when Josh Hamilton, Milton Bradley, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young and Ryan Rupe decided to turn the infield tarp into a giant slip-and-slide during the rain delay and of Saturday’s game.

8 Responses to “What Willie Randolph Should Expect Today”

  1. 1 youppi
    June 16, 2008 at 12:07 pm


  2. 2 slanch
    June 16, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    How has he proven that he should stay?
    Is it the below .500 clip they’ve been playing for over 180 games?
    Or his stellar handling of the bullpen?
    Maybe because he has the largest NL payroll at his disposal and the Marlins are a better team right now, despite having a payroll that’s about $100 million less?
    Sorry, Willie and Omar need to get gone.

  3. 3 youppi
    June 16, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Is it willie’s fault that wagner blew 3 straight saves?
    willie’s fault that church has suffered 2 concussions?
    willie’s fault that moises alou is a worthless old fart?
    willie’s fault that delgado is DONE?
    willie’s fault that our bench this year has consisted of the likes of fernando tatis? raul casanova? robinson cancel?


    (but that won’t happen, so I’ll take a Rick Peterson beheading, I suppose…)

  4. 4 youppi
    June 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    that was not meant to be a smiley emoticon, it was the close to my previous parenthesis.

  5. 5 the sister
    June 16, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    why is no one focusing on the AWESOMENESS that was the giant slip n’ slide?? Slanch, think the ‘rents still have ours at the house somewhere?

  6. 6 the roomate
    June 17, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I agree with Youppi. If they wanted Willie out so bad, they should have canned him during the offseason when it made sense. Sticking with him made it look like they were behind him, and his managing has been fine this year. The Wilpons are spineless back-stabbers and if they expect the team to respond positively, they are in for a sad surprise. The problem with the mets is on the GM.

    Here’s a little scenario, its called: 2008 if Omar wasn’t an idiot.

    After a disappointing end to 2007, the Mets jettisoned a lot of their baggage. oft-injured El Duque has retired, Jose Valentin left for Japan, trade-deadline suckwad Luis Castillo went under the knife. He and Lo Duca are platooning in DC, Moises Alou is DH-ing in Minnesota(between DL stints), Shawn Green hung up his cleats, and the almost-aquired Carlos Delgado is struggling to stay league average on the Rangers.

    Its 2008 and the Mets are off to a solid start, battling for the NL East lead. The rotation managed to hold down the fort until the recently healed young lefty ace Scott Kazmir and crafty hall-of-famer Pedro Martinez came back from injuries. Brian Bannister, John Maine, and free-agent stalwart Kyle Lohse round out the solid young rotation, while Mike Pelfry, who filled in admirably for Pedro, slides into long relief. The infield is anchored by David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Mike Jacobs. Free agent Orlando Hudson adds grit to the team and gold-glove D. Ryan Doumit, aquired for now-starter Aaron Heilman from Pittsburgh, has shown a lot of pop and fits comfortably in the 6-hole. The bench is solid with Tony Clark, Jeff Keppinger, and the resurrected Fernando Tatis, who really plays well off the bench, but showed in spring training that he is not an every-day player anymore. The outfield of Milledge, Beltran, and Nady isn’t the best in the NL, but the mets were smart to pick up gamer Reed Johnson to help the talented Lastings through his growing pains. Endy Chavez is the back-up CF, with young speedster Carlos Gomez polishing his swing in AAA, the mets are in a good position to trade an OF for bullpen help down the stretch or put together a package for C.C.Sabathia at the deadline. Billy Wagner remains one of the best closers of all-time, though he’s hit some rough patches, Heath Bell has been lights-out in setup for the second straight year. He joins the newly signed Scott Linebrink and Lefty Pedro Feliciano to lock down the last 3 innings every night.

    Thats my mets team, should be 20-30 million less payroll and at least 10 games over .500

  7. 7 slanch
    June 17, 2008 at 11:39 am

    That’s a wonderful sentiment, but I don’t think the Rays are going to return Kazmir, and without trading Nady they wouldn’t have had Perez without whom they never would have gotten as far as they did in the 2006 playoffs. Sure, if Omar Minaya hadn’t been around then there would be different moves but that’s cherry-picking well after the fact.
    Omar needs to go, that’s definitely true, but this idyllic situation you presented is pure fantasy.

  8. 8 the roomate
    June 17, 2008 at 11:47 am

    indeed, it is fantasy, its called: If omar wasn’t an idiot, and only includes one trade that actually happened(maine for jorge julio) the other trades never happened. Whoo-oooooo-oooooh! (Ghostly scariness)

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