Mets Give Randolph Boot
Posted: 2008-06-17 06:04:09
ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 17) – Willie Randolph is out as manager of the New York Mets, fired in the middle of the night 2 1/2 months into a disappointing season that has followed the team’s colossal collapse last September.
Bench coach Jerry Manuel takes over on an interim basis for Randolph, who led the Mets to within one win of the 2006 World Series. They got off to a strong start again last year but plummeted down the stretch and have been unable to rebound.
A preseason favorite to win the NL pennant, the $138 million Mets (34-35) had won two in a row when Randolph was let go early Tuesday morning – making him the first major league manager to get fired this season.
Pitching coach Rick Peterson and first base coach Tom Nieto also were dismissed in an enormous overhaul that was revealed in a fact-of-the-matter Mets news release at a stunning time – about 12:15 a.m. PDT, nearly two hours after New York’s 9-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
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I am a Mets fan and I like Willie Randolph. However, in the real business world, if you don’t perform, you are let go. You are accountable for your performance. Unfortunately, this is not how it works with the USCF. I have been pushing for a quality control system within the USCF to deaf ears. Chess politicians do not want to assess efficiency and performance. They would do everything possible to protect the status quo and insiders. This is one of the reasons why the USCF has failed miserably year after year and this is why we lost money in 9 of the last 11 years.