Prior to tonight’s game Mets GM Omar Minaya addressed the rumors swirling that manager Willie Randolph’s firing is imminent. Minaya re-affirmed his statements from two weeks ago that Randolph has his support and the support of the Wilpons. However, he didn’t commit to Randolph managing the Mets for the entire season.
There were plenty of columns written on the topic this afternoon. Perhaps the best one was written by Fox Sports.
Some quotes from the column:
"Bottom line is, I’m just not going to answer every report that’s out there," Minaya said. "This is a game of performance and you have to do certain things."
Minaya didn’t rule out personnel changes, either, and said: "Nobody is untouchable."
"They tell us he’s going to be here. He’s our manager and nothing has changed," Carlos Beltran said. "It’s been rough lately but we need to move on. We need to play better, that’s the bottom line."
Once again, we get a statement of support for Randolph that lacks emphasis. If they’re going to keep Randolph they need to come out and say that he’s here for the year. Until then, the speculation will continue. Clearly, this is a distraction for the players.