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Beginning The “Willie Watch”

Mets manager Willie Randolph before a Mets/Devil Rays spring training game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.Image via WikipediaWillie Randolph appeared to have such a sense of frustration with the team after losing the home series to the Brewers. I was also surprised that he was hinting at criticism of Oliver Perez after his second start of the season, which went very well. It made me wonder if he’s just not getting his message through to the team.I like Willie and think he does a fine job managing the team. He’s taken criticism on the Mets blogs, predominantly for not playing typical National League style ball and mis-handling the pitching staff. Some of the criticism is justified and some definitely is not. That comes with being a manager.

Ken Rosenthal did a preseason column about managers on the hot seat this year and Willie was listed as number one. Certainly, “The Collapse” last season must have made the Mets front office at least consider firing him. Continue reading