Thursday, November 04, 2004

The Mets Hit The Managerial Jackpot

I’ve said it all along—the team that picks up Willie Randolph as manager will be in the World Series. Well, maybe not in 2005, but shortly thereafter. He’s been a coach for 11 years and knows how to relate to players. He was a solid, fundamentally strong player in his career with the Pirates and Yankees and was a powerful influence in the clubhouse.

I guess it would have been a lot to ask for the Diamondbacks to seriously consider Willie. They’d rather focus their attention on a manager whose team lost close to 100 games (the Mariners) before getting fired. And then the capper is hiring a man (Wally Backman) who they now find is a convicted felon.