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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

MIckey Mouse Organization to Willie and Jacket: Go To Disneyland

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Mets brain trust gathers to decide organization's future.

WANTED: Accountable, Proactive GM

The organization has now completed its latest "Dance of the Dangle" (see Howe, Art) and has fired Willie and the Jacket in Anaheim of all places. And, as in most everything this organization does, it's hard not to be a little pissed off at the way the organization went about its business. As noted in the media, Sterling seems always to be caring what everyone thinks, particularly the media and the fans baying for blood, not caring about sound baseball moves. The whole Willie era seems now like it was guided by bad baseball sense. But it has become increasingly evident that Willie was only part of the problem with this complacent club. I won't be surprised if many people's sympathies have not shifted to Randolph, even if I was surprised at how mine did. Willie's firing depresses me. And it saddens me that Willie won't get to coach the all star game.
Perhaps he could go as Clint Hurdle's bullpen manager or umpire relations coach (sorry, had to get that last shot in)?

The most astute observation about this sordid situation coming out of the press has to be this nugget from a few days ago from Met-hater "Buster" Olney:

"...this is an organization with a long history of backstabbing and in-fighting, of executives battling on-field staff by leaking information to the media. This kind of stuff dates back to the days of Frank Cashen and Davey Johnson and Bobby Valentine and Steve Phillips, and only leadership at the top can settle this kind of garbage.
For example, it's an open secret that assistant GM Tony Bernazard and Randolph have serious problems with each other. But rather than settling this tension months ago -- either by firing Randolph, reigning in Bernazard and keeping him clear of the work with the major league team, or insisting on a peace between the two men -- the Mets have let this fester. This kind of thing has been a recurring cancer for the organization, and ultimately, it is Fred Wilpon, the team's owner for decades, who is responsible."

Olney's main point, outside of this quote, is that it is not a good sign that the Mets were considering firing Willie Randolph. My own take probably won't knock your doors off. But here it is. I agree and I am most uneasy with in-season manager sackings because the perception always is that the manager's tenure depends on some particular series or game, as Olney points out. I can't think of a single recent, successful franchise that has a revolving door for managers.

What does it say about Met executives if their decisions are colored by stupid criteria? If the plan can't be sticked to, then what does that say about the plan? The core of the team is rotten, or at least you can say that not one of the multiyear Metsies is having a decent year by their standards. It may be that Willie could not motivate these sad sacks, and if anything is going to work, the team needs a serious shake up--more a tweaking of the roster than a cosmetic yet distracting coaching change.

Fixing the roster is Omar's department, and I have thus far been unimpressed with his sense of urgency during a season when his moves have not panned out. For better or worse, Omar put this team on the fast track to succeed immediately, raising expectations immensely. The performance of benches and pens, in my experience, tends to vary wildly from year to year, yet Omar stayed with most of the same crew of older spare parts on the bench (so much the better if they're catchers!) which became a problem when the spare parts penciled into the daily lineup went down and these guys are now the regulars. The relief corps has been no relief; the pen has now been bad for quite sometime, even allowing for the winter when I assume they were not so bad. No Met lead seems safe. The pen lacks a single fire baller outside of Countrytime, and this band of aging mostly lefties spends the bulk of its time trying to find its confidence or consistency. Omar's addiction to the aged--overtly bad with his puzzling (yet widely fan supported) signings of Alou and El Duque, and more subtlety bad with his commitments to Delgado and Castillo--has not only drained the team of any periphery productivity (outside of its core offensive players and star pitchers) but also clogged the paths of any youngsters who might come up and give the team a spark, however brief (who wants to play "waiting for Moises?").

The time to fire Rudolph was at the end of last season. The fact that the team plays in NY should not be license for a severely short term outlook. The sad truth is that the Mets just have no choice but to wait around for Beltran, Wright and Reyes to come around.

Perhaps the appointment of an interim manager will be coincident with a winning streak, though I wonder how in Hades Oberkfell and Manuel will coexist. This situation is nearly as ponderous as the retaining of Sadly Alomar as the third base coach when he seems better suited to handling the teams' laundry. Meanwhile I will grumpily head down to Anaheim tonight to catch the new Mets.


  • At 2:57 PM, Anonymous ahendon said…

    I want Keith!

    Look, Willie had to go - I know he wasn't the one on the mound when the athlete formerly known as Billy Wagner blew three straight, but if the manager is not accountable then why have one?

    And of course, the Wilpons in their highest impersonation of a Steinbrenner, did it in the most shameful fashion imaginable.

    But, it is done and now it is time to move on. Let's get Keith and get him now.

    a) how could it be worse?
    b) even if if screws it up he is still Keith Hernandez
    c) how much fun to watch people smoke in the dugout?

    at least it would be feisty.

    spread the word! SAVE THE METS - HIRE KEITH!

    I even made shirts for the cause:

  • At 9:55 PM, Anonymous cvertana said…

    Keith doesn't want the job, from what he says. Poor IMFM, all that money and time you spent to see the hapless losers in NYC and now, you have gone to a game that wasn't worth 3 bucks.

  • At 11:24 PM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    i like your adding wtf to wwjd. Nice Keith tshirts. Send me one for free and I'll wear it when I jump off a bridge.
    Cver you said it. I want my money back.

  • At 3:44 PM, Blogger Jaap said…

    serious you went from shea and saw them back in CA?

    fuckin hell.

    anyway look, yeah, willie, bad. jerry, good. Ever since we played the Rangers I've been thinking about a website: PLEASE COME HOME AND MANAGE US TO VICTORY MISTER ART HOWE.

    they sent me back halfway through customs.

    by the eay, I unable to find the blablabla email provider. if you have a proposition that doesn't involve polishing Howard Johnson's CV, I'm all ears. email is

    J-E-T-S jetsjetsjets.


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