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May 23, 2008
BASEBALL: Stay of Execution

Omar Minaya just held a press conference at Coors Field to give a vote of confidence in WIllie Randolph. You read that right: Minaya held a press conference in mid-game to say he had flown to Colorado to not fire Randolph.

Past history tells us that these kinds of declarations are no barrier to an eventual firing, but I think this gives us a few weeks' reprieve from speculation about an imminent sacking.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:33 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

History has shown that with a vote of confidence, the clock is ticking.

Posted by: maddirishman at May 24, 2008 5:42 AM

Willie's toast.

Posted by: John Salmon at May 24, 2008 1:21 PM

JS is correct, I'll go one further. Willie is only in place because a palatable replacement is hard to locate. Jerry Manuel is no change, AAA manager is untested in big markets, Hojo was around for the flop/collapse, Kid killed his own candidacy, Mex says he does not want it...
If there was an answer to Who Randolph would already be gone.

Posted by: abe at May 26, 2008 4:48 PM

I heard one of the guys on WFAN this week (not Boomer and sidekick and not Mike and Dog) discussing Willie Randolph's comments and couldn't quite follow the logic. He was explaining that Willie said what he did when he thought he was off the record, talking very conversationally with a guy he's known for a long time. And this was the reason he said things he didn't really think.

Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems like the setup to this leads to exactly the opposite conclusion. When Willie talks officially with the press, I expect that's when he is guarded and circumspect, and less likely to say what he really thinks. So it would stand to reason that when he's just shooting the breeze with someone he thinks he can trust to let it go no further, that's exactly when he is speaking his mind and his deeper inner thoughts.

My guess at this point is that Willie's not going to make it through the season, and that his statements, while officially apologized for and "forgotten" for now, will continue to linger in the minds of the guys in the front office and leave them with a bad aftertaste until they dump Willie.

Posted by: Ed Lilly at May 26, 2008 5:08 PM

I am not a Mets fan and do not follow the NL all that closely. With that caveat, I don't really see why everyone seems so down on Randolph. Randolph's personality is what it is and perhaps it is not right for this Mets team. Has he "lost" the team, especially Reyes? If things are that bad, then he probably has to go and soon.

As others, including Crank, have noted, the candidates to take over are not exactly train stoppers. Keith Hernandez? Gary Carter? What, Rusty Staub is busy? Minaya should go to the team, with Randolph in the room, snd tell them that he is the manager and if they want to leave to let him know and then see what happens this year. They are not out it by any means.

Finally, as for the race comments and the comparisons to Herm and Isiah, I strongly suspect he realizes they were dumb and wishes he could take them back. If managers were fired for saying stupid things, there would be permanent revolving doors. Give him an break and see if he can move the team.

Posted by: Magrooder at May 26, 2008 7:25 PM

Thing is Mac, he has lost faith and creditibility with the clubhouse, fans, front office, owners and media. Given his much maligned in game management, what does he bring to the table? Beyond that he is a Yankee. Once the replacement is located he needs to go.

Posted by: abe at May 28, 2008 4:51 PM
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