I’m tired of reading and hearing about how the “Evil Wilpons” and Omar Minaya should stop torturing Willie Randolph by pressuring him to achieve results. Everyone has pressure in their jobs to increase productivity and results. Those in the newspaper business should know that better than anyone.
Yes, Randolph has a winning record over his entire four year tenure with the Mets. But professional sports is a business of "what have you done for me lately" unless there’s a long term contract involved. In Randolph’s case, there isn’t a long term contract. The Wilpons owe him about $3.5 million more over the next year and a half whether he’s managing the Mets or home watching on TV.
The only managers in baseball with higher annual salaries than Randolph are: Joe Torre, Lou Piniella, Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Dusty Baker, and Joe Girardi. Those are all far better managers than Randolph.
The Mets can’t continue with the status quo if they expect to be competitive this season. And I have every reason to believe that they do have that expectation.
In some cases, the players haven’t appeared to be as motivated as they could be. That’s on Randolph. Of course, he’s not the only problem. But all of the so-called experts picked the Mets as the front runner for the NL East, not for a fourth place finish.
The Mets had to get out to a fast start this season to erase the taste left in our collective mouths from "The Collapse". It didn’t happen, and the Wilpons and Minaya have every right to press for better results than we’ve seen this season.
I realize that Randolph probably won’t get another managerial position after presiding over the worst collapse in baseball history. That’s not the end of the world though. He’ll probably end up back on the Yankee’s coaching staff where he belongs.