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Bernie Williams: 5/24 against the Texas Rangers
Yankees scheduled events
Bernie Williams: 5/24 against the Texas Rangers
This morning, Mets GM Omar Minaya appeared as a guest on WFAN’s Boomer and Carton Show, which you can listen to live, every morning, from 6 am to 10 am, on WFAN.com.
When asked about Manny Ramirez, Minaya told WFAN, ‘I think I’ve been pretty clear… This is the team we’re going with, I think we’ve made improvements and I look forward to spring training.”
Minaya acknowledged that the bottom of his batting order is ‘light,’ but he is still looking to pick up a few players on minor-league deals, including acquiring a right-handed bat.
Randolph, as quoted by ESPN, said:
"I'm excited, looking forward to this next challenge and getting to work. I love teaching and I'm passionate about being in the game. Eventually, I do want to get back to managing. I didn't really want to wait around. ... I thought it was best to make this move."Randolph has an agreement with the Brewers that if he gets another managerial offer, he can take it.
Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly, former A's manager Ken Macha and Randolph are finalists for the open manager's position in Milwaukee.
"Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin, after informing interim manager Dale Sveum that he wouldn't be retained, indicated he wanted to hire a skipper with managerial experience and a track record of success."The Mets owe Randolph $2.25 million if he does not work next year.
Randolph, as quoted by Sporting News:
"They've reached out to say, 'we're interested.' This is just the early stages."...two former mets personnel on one bench, is art howe going to be the third base coach too...i wish the best for willie but think he has too much pride to be an understudy, especially manny acta's...
According to Davidoff, Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden is interested in hiring Randolph as Manager Manny Acta's bench coach or third-base coach.
In his report, Davidoff notes the Mets 'regard Acta as a future managerial star,' and cites an 'official from an American League club,' saying the Mets only gave Jerry Manuel a two-year contract due to their affection for Acta.
Why is the June 16 date significant? It was the day after Willie Randolph was fired as the Mets manager.
Although the stats may suggest Delgado stopped playing for Randolph, I highly doubt that was the case.
Willie Randolph, wearing a Yankees jersey and cap, was just introduced on field to the Yankee Stadium crowd prior to today’s Old Timer’s Game, and was received with a long, loud, standing ovation.
…in the span of a few seconds, i felt happy for him, angry, annoyed, sad, etc., all at once…
…that said, apparently, you can go home again…
For more on Randolph’s return to Yankee Stadium in pinstripes, check out Bryan Hoch’s report for MLB.com.
"George never walked away from the friendship he had with Willie," said Howard Rubenstein, Steinbrenner's spokesman. "George has said he's a terrific guy and he wanted him to be part of this great moment at Yankee Stadium."...i'm sure some will say that this is another example of how willie was always more of a yankee than a met, but i don't see it that way...i think it's simply a nice gesture by george, something i don't often say...
Lou Pinella will replace Willie Randolph on Clint Hurdle’s coaching staff during this year’s All Star Game at Yankee Stadium, writes Brian Costello in a report for the New York Post.
According to Costello, ‘MLB is working with Randolph to see if he still wants to be involved in the game in some capacity.’
…note to MLB: if you invite willie, i suggest you call him before 11 pm PDT, or before 2 am EDT…again, just a suggestion…
Steinbrenner, who did not comment on which position would be available for Randolph, holds no grudge against the former Yankees second baseman for leaving the organization for their cross-town rival, as quoted by Puma...
"If he had left to take over the Red Sox maybe I would have had a problem with that. He's a Yankee. He'll always be a Yankee. Even the Mets never completely accepted him because they thought he was a Yankee."...hank has said a lot of stupid things in his short tenure as the "new boss" of the Yankees, but he is spot on with his comments about some not accepting willie as a Met...
Randolph on the moment he was fired:
"He said it was time to make some changes, and I waited for him to talk about whacking Rick and Tommy, but he just kept talking about how the team was better than it was playing, about all the stories that were out there and the cloud hovering over the team."
"As Omar went on this weird chill started to course through by body. I could feel myself going cold. Suddenly, it occurred to me that maybe he was talking about me. Maybe I was the one about to get whacked."
"Omar, are you firing me?" I asked. He looked away for a minute and then met my eyes. "Yeah, I'm going to make a move," he said. "It's a hard decision, but I have to make it."...wow, this seems like an episode of the sopranos...rarely do you get this type of insight into a managerial firing and i applaud willie for being so courageous...i wish him the best and he's sure to land on his feet somewhere in the baseball world soon...
For all of Randolph?s boasting about unity in his clubhouse, about bonding with his players and bestowing upon them his competitive nature, the Mets were still less than the sum of their parts. They seemed lethargic, at times even indifferent as they kept blowing leads in a steady, maddening stream... Randolph never connected with any key player other than David Wright.Klapisch also gives some insight into Randolph's troubles with the Wilpons, from his comments a few weeks ago about race, to his recent comments about their lack of involvement in the clubhouse.
...look, most of the discussion today will be about how this firing went down, with the ax dangling for weeks and the 3 am mass emailing, and it's definitely something that needs to be discussed, because it was done in an unprofessional manner...i still don't know how they could have taken something that they hoped would breathe new life into this team, something that everyone was prepared for, and turned it from a potential positive to a giant vortex of even more negativity...
Speaking to reporters a few moments ago outside the team hotel in Anaheim, while wearing a black hat and a black shirt, Willie Randolph told reporters that he is very disappointed that he will not be able to fulfill his dream of winning a championship for the Mets and for their fans, adding, “That’s what I’ve always been about.”
He said he’ll miss his players, and then he walked off leaving the hotel with no other words.
Rick Peterson then talked to reporters and, in standard fashion, used a ‘Mets are a House’ metaphor, equating himself to a hardwood floor that is being ripped out of a house in need of work, while Dan Warthen, his replacement, will be the Tuscan Tile of this new home.
…from what i understand, Jeff Wilpon, and other members of the front office, did not want Willie Randolph to return as the team’s manager following last season’s collapse…
…i believe he and others felt that randolph didn’t deserve to return, and that the entire organization would never turn the page while under the same leadership…also, while randolph is always given given credit for his work ethic and old school style, the sense i get – from people in and connected to the the organization – is that he did not work well with the media, was not aware of how important fan relations can be, he was stubborn with regards to how he could better relate to and motivate players, and he bristled with how upper-management involved itself in on-field decisions…in short, while people inside the organization may have valued his past success as a player and a coach, they have long questioned his ability to be a leader…
…at the end of last season, though, the team’s ownership accepted Omar Minaya’s recommendation to retain randolph, but made it quite clear that this was his decision…which may explain why this took so long to play out over the last week or so…my hunch is that there was a lot of talk in the last week between the front office and minaya on what to do, and how to handle this, all while omar tried to make his case to keep willie on…in the end, though, things got so out of hand, be it on purpose or accidental, that a move had to be made…
As a Mets fan, I’m embarrassed this morning, and I feel a little dirty.
I understand why Willie Randolph was fired. In fact, due to the time I spend talking to people connected to the team, I am probably aware of why he was fired better than most people.
The problem is that, like in so many cases during this team’s history, the story today will not be about replacing Randolph with Jerry Manuel and moving forward, it will be about the way this situation was handled – and rightfully so.
Pitching coach Rick Peterson and first base coach Tom Nieto have also been relieved of their coaching duties.
Ken Oberkfell will be hired as the team's new first base coach, Dan Warthen will be the new pitching coach, and Luis Aguayo will be Manuel's bench coach.
According to eyewitnesses, Willie Randolph, Tom Nieto, Sandy Alomar, Jerry Manuel, Rick Peterson and Howard Johnson have all been seen at the stadium in Anaheim as the Mets prepare to face the Angels.
…you know what would stop this madness…if Omar Minaya would just come out and make a hard-and-fast statement about the future of this coaching staff…keyword being future, instead of obvious, in-the-now statements like, “We have coaches,” which is about as informative and comforting as, “We’re on Earth,” or, “I breath air.”…
For more, tune in to ‘s Pre Game Show at 9:30 pm.
Last night, Omar Minaya was peppered with questions from reporters on the current job status of Willie Randolph.
This morning in the Daily News, Adam Rubin wrote that Randolph could survive the first round of firings, while citing a team insider as saying, “I think the coaches are in trouble. That may be the compromise for now.”
Over the weekend, multiple reports indicated that Ken Oberkfell and Dan Wharthen, from Triple-A New Orleans, could replace Tom Nieto and Rick Peterson on the coaching staff.
During last night’s win against the Rangers, the Mets had the bases loaded in the sixth inning, with the score tied, and Pedro Martinez stepping to the plate, who had thrown 92 pitches and allowed just one earned run.
Willie Randolph pulled Martinez, and instead chose to use Robinson Cancel, who last had a major league hit in 1999.
The Shea crowd let out a raucous boo in response to Randolph’s decision, but Cancel singled to center field, driving in Carlos Beltran and Damion Easley with the game’s deciding runs.
Following last night’s game, Omar Minaya was peppered with questions from reporters on the current job status of Willie Randolph.
Minaya, on whether Randolph will be the team’s manager through the rest of the season, said:
“I can't answer that. He is my manager today, and I have the right to evaluate him as we go along. Let me put it this way, he is always being evaluated…It's a situation that I am constantly evaluating.”
Willie Randolph, regarding rumors about his job, while speaking to reporters prior to today’s game:
“This is New York. I live here. I grew up here. I understand this is how it is sometimes. I'm man enough to deal with it. I just wish we could win some games.”
…me too, willie…me too…keep fighting, man…
…the buzz from shea is that, win or lose, willie will travel to Los Angeles tonight…as he should…though, in standard willie fashion, he joked with reporters about his fate, noting how he thought about it a bit while packing for the trip this morning…
For the record, I do not want the Mets to fire Willie Randolph, if for no other reason than I do not understand how he or any other manager is going to make Carlos Delgado turn quicker on an inside fastball, or make Jose Reyes keep his elbow in, or make Moises Alou younger and healthier, or make David Wright stop swinging at pitches out of the strike zone, or give Luis Castillo new knees.
I like Willie. He is not the greatest baseball mind of all time, but I do not think that is necessary.
Randolph was a blue collar, scrappy, under-appreciated competitor – like the Mets – always playing second-fiddle to the more popular, more expensive Dave Winfield and Reggie Jackson.
In a late-night report for Newsday, Ken Davidoff and David Lennon wrote that, according to ‘sources,’ the Mets were strongly considering firing Willie Randolph as early as today, had the team lost to the Rangers last night.
…this is the sense i got yesterday, as well, noting that much of randolph’s previous support had dried up, leaving all sorts of people connected to the team in a state of preparation for life after willie…
According to Bob Klapisch in the Bergen Record, “There’s only one man standing between Willie Randolph and the unemployment line - Omar Minaya, who’s emerged as the manager’s last line of defense at Shea.”
In the final moments of Willie Randolph’s post-game press conference with reporters, the team’s public relations guru Jay Howritz informed the room that Omar Minaya would be making an announcement.
Randolph then began to kill time, making jokes with the reporters suggesting that the announcement may have something to do with his job security, when in reality it was to announce the acquisition of Trot Nixon.
Willie Randolph, prior to tonight’s game, when asked if he is aware of rumors that his job could be in jeopardy:
“I’m here. You see me. I’m still here (patting himself down). Yeah, man. I can’t control what’s said and written and stuff. I just come to work here ready to go, and put these guys in a spot where they can produce and finish up strong on this home stand.”
…you know what, this is freaking ridiculous…i mean, either come out and say the guy is your manager, through at least the all-star break, or can him…seriously, by letting all of this ‘buzz’ leak, they are undermining his authority, putting the team on eggshells, and, more importantly, driving me crazy…
...in short, all sorts of people connected to the team are preparing for how best to handle life after willie...
...initially, i was under the impression he would at least get until the off day between playing the Angels and Rockies on the road, but things are sounding more serious than that...
More importantly, it appeared as though their attitude had evolved, delivering come-from-behind wins and showing a ?fight? we haven't seen since 2006.
Heck, even Delgado started hustling.
In a report for SI.com, citing ‘sources,’ Jon Heyman writes, “Omar Minaya is seriously considering changing managers and at least a couple of the team's coaches,” including Howard Johnson and Rick Peterson.
According to Heyman, if Randolph is fired, the job will go to Jerry Manuel, “who would be given the season to see whether he can turn things around.”
…thanks to Alon Rothschild for the link…
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?I don?t know what to say, gentlemen. I?m not usually at a loss for words, but what do you say?It?s frustrating. It?s embarrassing?It?s not the kind of a team we are. We?ve got to find a way to get it right and get it done?I don?t know that there?s anything else to say?
?Obviously, we?re not feeling too good about ourselves right now. But, this team never gives up. I think they?ve got to know that no one will feel sorry for us, and we can?t feel sorry for ourselves. So, morale will be fine, we?ll be fine as a team. Again, these guys have been around long enough to know that this is part of the game, it?s a tough part of the game, but we have to fight through it. We?ll be fine. I?m still confident in this team. We?re taking our lumps right now, but morale is not the issue, we just have to go out and get it done.?
Ryan Church did not start yesterday, because he asked Willie Randolph for the day off.
Church told reporters that he was feeling a bit fatigued, which was not associated with this recent concussion.
He said he expects to be back in the lineup tonight for the start of a four-game series with the Padres.
With yesterday’s win against the Giants, the Mets have now won three consecutive series, during which they are 7–3.
David Wright, talking to reporters, talking to reporters yesterday:
“We’re going out there with a different attitude than we did a couple weeks ago. We're getting that swagger back, that confidence back. We're playing complete baseball games now, all facets. We've got a nice momentum. But you can't be satisfied playing well for a week and a half. You have to continue it, use this momentum…We've played pretty…but we can't be satisfied with playing well for a week.”
In the Daily News, Bob Raissman explains why, “Every time Gary Carter opens his mouth, he hurts his own case.”
Meanwhile, also in the Daily News, Bill Madden considers how the current situation between ownership and Willie Randolph may have been handled differently in ‘the old days.’
According to Kevin Kernan in the New York Post, Wally Backman desperately wants back in to the Mets organization.
According to Joel Sherman in the New York Post, Willie Randolph was empowered by the Wilpons on Monday.
Sherman explains, “The Wilpons, according to people familiar with the meeting, made the message simple to Randolph: Just win, baby. They told him not to worry about benching players with big salaries (think Carlos Delgado) or publicly demanding better efforts from players performing poorly (think Mike Pelfrey ). They told Randolph all they cared about were results: wins.”
…which is why, from what i understand, his job hinges on wins as well…all is nice now, as it should be…but, if the team hits another slide like the week before, he’s going to be in serious trouble…
"Clubhouses are Torre's domain. His style with players has, more often than not, resulted in overachievement and his smoothness with the media succeeds in keeping distractions away. The question, of course, is whether things would be different under Torre."...i am not one to dwell on 'what ifs', and have grown weary over all the buzz around willie's job security...that being said, willie did learn much from joe, so having the teacher in our dugout as compared to the apprentice certainly makes some sense if this had been an option last fall...
Following last night’s game, SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt asked Willie Randolph, “It seems like all the things that were illing this club…it’s like they’ve all come together, is it just timing,” to which Randolph smiled, laughed and asked, “Illing? Is that like the hip-hop term, illin’. You’re illin’, man.”
Burkhardt, clearly embarrassed, and speaking up over his fellow reporters, who were all laughing as well, said with a smile, “I’m trying to be a rapper at the same time, what can I tell you.”
Randolph, ready to answer the question, continued by saying, “Uhh, well, yeah, we been illin’ for a while,” which was followed by even more laughter from reporters.
According to Adam Rubin at his blog for the Daily News, citing ‘a source,’ Fred Wilpon was prepared to fire Willie Randolph on Monday “if the fourth-year manager was defiant.”
…actually, i did get the sense during the press conference that nothing is permanent…which is a good thing…fact is, despite whatever did or did not happen today, the Mets are still 23–25 and five games out of first on Memorial Day, so nobody’s job should be secure – including the GM or any one player…
During a press conference at Shea Stadium this afternoon, Mets GM Omar Minaya told reporters, “Willie Randolph is our manager. There is no limbo. He’s the manager…and I hope he is our manager for many years to come.”
According to Minaya, the goal of today’s meeting was to a) discuss Randolph’s public comments from last week, and b) talk about the current state of the team and what they need to do to get better.
“We had a good, productive meeting,” said Minaya, who noted they all share ideas on how best to make the team better, adding, “Two things, ownership is very disappointed in how the team is playing…They wanted to talk to Willie about those things…Also, about the comments, once we get beyond today, like today is over, those comments are over, and they felt it was important to talk to Willie about it, they’ve accepted his apology and we move on from there. It’s over. Let’s go on. It’s over. Let’s move forward now.”
From what I can gather, Fred and Jeff Wilpon want to meet with Willie Randolph today at Shea Stadium, not to fire him, but to speak with him face to face about a) his racially-charged comments about the city and team, spoken last week to the Bergen Record, and b) the team’s play, and to make it clear that the current state of the team is unacceptable.
For what it’s worth, the way I have heard it, the team’s owners were far more disappointed over the race remarks than any comment about SNY.
That said, the team’s lack of consistent success, and the air of frustration surrounding the them and in the stands and in the ratings is ownership’s biggest concern.
The Wilpons are not the type of people to overreact, though, so my sense is that they’ll take what they learn in today’s meeting with Randolph and Omar Minaya, watch the week-long home stand, see how the team, media and fans respond, and then decide how best to turn this ship around.
Willie Randolph and Omar Minaya will meet with Fred and Jeff Wilpon at Shea Stadium on Monday, prior to the team’s game against the first-place Marlins.
…this should be interesting…my hunch is that nothing will change…my sense is that this meeting will help inform the wilpons on how best to move forward, beyond tomorrow…
Willie Randolph, Omar Minaya and the Wilpons are scheduled to meet in person next week in New York.
However, according to multiple reports, Minaya will join the team tonight in Denver.
…in other words, get your stories straight, guys…