Unconventional Wisdom: Randolph got a raw deal
The timing was even more peculiar given the schedule. The Mets were home all last week, played a rain-created doubleheader on Sunday, then flew to Anaheim on Sunday night. To make Randolph, pitching coach
Of course I've been the one arguing that
I am not arguing that Minaya needs to be fired, either. I am saying that firing Randolph doesn't change anything for this Mets team on the field, and what it does for them off the field reeks of letting the media make decisions for you. The best argument for firing Randolph is that the constant coverage of his job status was a distraction for the players. However, that has nothing to do with Randolph or the players -- it has to do with a voracious media filling column inches and air time, a group that entered the 2008 season with its sights set on Randolph. The amount of time spent questioning Randolph's ability, versus the amount focused on the absences of Alou and Martinez, or the collapse of Delgado, or the execrable bench, is a bad joke. There's no analysis of baseball or the Mets or any thought process at all; it's just creating a story and then beating it until something happens.
This isn't quite the Dodgers of 2004-05, whose general manager,