Lately there’s been a lot of chat on sports radio, the blogs, mainstream media, and reader comments here about Willie Randolph’s future with the Mets. Much of the talks has centered around Willie’s tenure coming to an end in the near future. That may be the case but it shouldn’t happen in May.
The Mets should wait and see where the Mets are at the end of May. It’s too early to pull the plug on him now. If the Mets had to make a decision today, my suggestion would be to let him go and move on.
The Mets current performance is well below where they should be if you look at the talent they have. The teams in the National League with worse winning percentages to this point are: Washington, Houston. Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Colorado, San Francisco, San Diego. There are some pretty bad teams in that group.
We all know that the Mets underperformed last season. And there’s still a bad taste in our mouths from the end of last season. The best analogy I’ve heard about Willie’s situation was from Mike Francesa. To paraphrase, he said that the Wilpons gave Willie the keys to their Ferrari last season and he was at the wheel when it drove into a brick wall. This year the Wilpons allowed him to drive their Ferrari again but they won’t let Willie stay at the wheel if it starts heading for a wall.
Right now the Mets are in fourth place in the NL East. That needs to change over the next three weeks or we need to start talking about who potential replacements are. Jerry Manuel already has a feel for the team. Larry Bowa could be a possibility. Maybe the Mets give Wally Backman a shot at redemption.
We may get into a scenario over the next few weeks when the Mets need to get serious about looking into their options. But 32 games into the season is too soon. However, 50 games isn’t too soon to make a change.