"It just got to the point that speculation about his job had become a distraction to the team," said Minaya, now with the Padres as a Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations (Daily News, Apr. 12). "Willie and I were friends. We still are good friends. I know the optics of it looked bad, late at night on the West Coast, but I wanted to do it after the game. It was my decision and a decision that had to be done."
The Mets were 302-253 (.544) under Randolph, who led the team to their only NL East title in 25 years. They are 433-479 (.474) since he was fired >> Read more in the Daily News.