Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer Jon Heyman reports that Omar Minaya and members of the Mets front office met yesterday to discuss the Mets decline. Although no decisions have been finalized, the Mets are considering changes at manager and several coaches.
Heyman reports that a source close to the Mets says that Minaya remains a vocal source of support for Randolph but other members of the front office have differing views.
Minaya and other club higher-ups met Thursday to discuss the deteriorating fortunes of the team and what can be done about it. Minaya is considered extremely loyal by co-workers and has been Randolph’s greatest supporter for weeks. As one Mets person put it, “Willie’s his guy.” However, Randolph’s detractors have become more vocal in recent days, and there seems to be a general feeling that something major needs to be done to reinvigorate the club.
After the bullpen’s latest meltdown and the lack of hitting with RISP, both Howard Johnson and Rick Peterson are candidates to be replaced.
My feeling is that the Mets have to do something, whether it’s replacing Randolph and/or coaches or making significant player moves. The problem is that moving players is much more difficult and time consuming. It won’t happen overnight.
The front office just needs to do something now though. They’re letting the last season at Shea Stadium slip away without a fight. That’s what is most disturbing about this season. They need to determine a direction quickly (like today) and start moving in that direction. It’s the indecision about what to do with this team that’s hurting the chances for a successful outcome.