In a stunning move in the middle of the night, not unlike the Colts bolting Baltimore for Indianapolis in 1984, the Mets finally put Willie Randolph out of his misery, as he was fired, along with coaches Rick Peterson and Tom Nieto.
It was just a matter of time before it happened, but it happened one day into a West Coast trip and after a Mets win in Anaheim last night, 9-6. Jerry Manuel takes over on an interim basis for the rest of the season, and 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.
Randolph was under the gun since the season began, as the Mets could never get on track this season, and are 34-35. I'm sorry to see this happen to Willie, who's a good baseball man as well as a good person I met many years ago on two occasions.
This situation has been handled extremely poorly by Mets management, and the sports radio yahoos got their wish. This was Omar Minaya's decision to fire Randolph, and now all the heat's on him, and in reality he's the one who really should have been fired first, as he's responsible for putting this total mess on the field. (Last Friday, Minaya insisted that Randolph was his manager. The Mets go out and win 3 of 4, so it's time to bounce Randolph. Unbelievable.) Making the move now looks like they are putting a Band Aid on a gaping wound.
Good luck Willie. At least you're away from the embarrassing mess that is the New York Mets.