Showing posts with label willie randolph. Show all posts
Showing posts with label willie randolph. Show all posts

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Willie Randolph is employed once again

Former Mets manager and "True Yankee" Willie Randolph has been hired by the Brewers as bench coach for new manager Ken Macha. Here is my favorite part of the AP report on Willie's hiring:

"Randolph said that he called Macha to congratulate him and catch up on old times. Macha offered him the bench coach job about four hours later. “I was really shocked and flattered he called me back,” Randolph said."

It seems like Macha was trying to decide on a bench coach and said, "Hey, who was that dude who called me a few hours ago? Randolph? OK let's give him the job!" Terms of the contract are not disclosed, but he will be "double dipping", as he is still owed $2.25 million next season from the Mets. The Brewers make their first and only visit to Citi Field the weekend of April 17-19 next season. I expect the New York media to unnecessarily work itself into a frenzy re-living Willie's firing in June 2008.

Fun fact: Macha replaced Art Howe as A's manager prior to the 2003 season, and Willie replaced Howe as Mets manager prior to the 2005 season.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Jerry Manuel Era

Obviously, the Mets have played better since Willie Randolph’s firing, going 45-26 under Jerry Manuel. They were just 34-35 under Randolph. In general, I believe that a manager usually has a minimal impact on his team’s performance. He makes the lineup and pitching changes, but after that it’s pretty much up to the players. However, I tend to agree with John Harper of The Daily News when he writes:

“The bottom line is performance, and this is a team that suddenly seems to have big plans for October. Eleven weeks later, it's hard to imagine the Mets playing at this level if they hadn't changed managers.”

Is there any possible way the Mets would be where they are with Randolph still managing? Heck no. Enough has been written about the Randolph firing to fill a book, so I won’t cover it too much here. Suffice it to say that Randolph was never the right fit for the Mets, as his goal was to become the next Joe Torre: completely stoic, no fun, all business. That doesn’t work for the Mets or their fan base. Will Leitch touched on this nicely in an article from New York Magazine soon after the firing.

I also believe that winning produces a fun, relaxed clubhouse - not the other way around. So when people point to the “everyone loves each other” Mets clubhouse as a reason for the success, I have to say that if the Mets were losing, the clubhouse would not seem so jovial. Additionally, Dan Warthen deserves credit for the pitching staff’s improvement. Rick “15 Minutes” Peterson just wasn’t doing the job any longer.

What is the point of this post? It’s an excuse to put up some more statistics, this time showing the Mets’ pitching and hitting as a team before and after Randolph’s firing:

Pitching:
Willie's Mets: 4.14 ERA, 1.90 K/BB, 7.05 K/9 innings, 1.01 HR/Game
Jerry's Mets: 3.79 ERA, 2.18 K/BB, 7.42 K/9 innings, 1.04 HR/Game

Hitting:
Willie's Mets: .257/.333/.395, for a .728 OPS, 39.9 AB/HR
Jerry's Mets: .276/.346/.440, for a .786 OPS, 28.5 AB/HR