With Randolph Gone, Minaya Is On The Hook

FLUSHING, NY - FEBRUARY 06: (L to R) New York Mets General manager Omar Minaya, pitcher Johan Santana, Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and Manager Willie Randolph pose during a news conference introducing him on Ferbruary 6, 2007 in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York City.

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Now that Willie Randolph has taken the fall for the under performing Mets team, someone else is going to be responsible for the wins and losses. That person is Omar Minaya.

Minaya is now on the hook for the performance of this team. He doesn’t have the security blanket of the Mets’ problems being Randolph’s fault anymore. That will be a heavy burden for Minaya to carry for the rest of this season.

Mark this date on your calendar because Omar Minaya is now on the clock. If the Mets and their $137 million payroll don’t meet expectations it will become Minaya’s problem. And there are some hefty expectations to meet. Getting deep into October is the only successful outcome for the Mets now. There is no safety parachute for Minaya. That’s now gone. There’s nobody else to blame.

Trading top prospects for Johan Santana and making a massive financial commitment to him over seven years was Minaya’s recommendation. The only logical reason to do that is for a team that’s on the verge of winning.

Good luck Omar. You better start working the phones. The Mets roster is going to be one of the hardest to re-make into a winner. The aging, injured, and under performing players are on your hands now.

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About Dave Doyle

Although I don’t have a degree in journalism, I love writing about the New York Mets. I’m the typical writer without access. My only accessibility to the Mets is sitting in the stands (often the upper tank) and watching on TV like most fans. I’m not a member of the media, just a fan expressing opinions.