>Willie's Comments In The Record

>
Willie won’t make it through the year.

His comments in The Record suggest that he thinks that the Mets owned SNY network is operating a conspiracy to make him look bad.

That’s pretty paranoid.

As for his other observation, let me tell you kiddies about a man named Bud Harrelson.

Buddy was one of the most loved Mets of all time. Bud was a middle infielder, much like Willie.

One day Buddy was asked to manage the New York Mets, a team he had played for. He said yes. He replaced Davey Johnson who had been to the World Series once, much like Bobby V, but management felt it was time for a change.

In 1990 Buddy managed a pretty good team to a 2nd place finish. Disappointing. but the fans were hopeful about the upcoming season

That next season the Mets were not playing well and the fans booed and booed and booed, and poor Buddy got tortured by WFAN. Eventually Buddy stopped going out to the mound. He didn’t make it to game 162.

Now it’s 2008 and it was hard for me to even find a picture of this once beloved Met for this post.

So Willie, please reflect on what you said and please give the fans a little more credit.

Willie Randolph Wonders if Race Is Contributing to the Rumors
AOL SPORTS, NY – 8 hours ago
Randolph had avoided taking the bait to offer his own opinion until before Sunday night’s game. Ian O’Connor of the Bergen Record spoke to him and reports

Willie’s Comments In The Record


Willie won’t make it through the year.

His comments in The Record suggest that he thinks that the Mets owned SNY network is operating a conspiracy to make him look bad.

That’s pretty paranoid.

As for his other observation, let me tell you kiddies about a man named Bud Harrelson.

Buddy was one of the most loved Mets of all time. Bud was a middle infielder, much like Willie.

One day Buddy was asked to manage the New York Mets, a team he had played for. He said yes. He replaced Davey Johnson who had been to the World Series once, much like Bobby V, but management felt it was time for a change.

In 1990 Buddy managed a pretty good team to a 2nd place finish. Disappointing. but the fans were hopeful about the upcoming season

That next season the Mets were not playing well and the fans booed and booed and booed, and poor Buddy got tortured by WFAN. Eventually Buddy stopped going out to the mound. He didn’t make it to game 162.

Now it’s 2008 and it was hard for me to even find a picture of this once beloved Met for this post.

So Willie, please reflect on what you said and please give the fans a little more credit.

Willie Randolph Wonders if Race Is Contributing to the Rumors
AOL SPORTS, NY – 8 hours ago
Randolph had avoided taking the bait to offer his own opinion until before Sunday night’s game. Ian O’Connor of the Bergen Record spoke to him and reports

>Down On The Farm

>Since the Mets are off tonight now is a good time to take a look at what the farm clubs are doing.

At AAA, the New Orleans Zephyrs (I will never get used to that) went 1-5 this past week, finishing the week in 3rd place in the PCL American South Division at 21-23 overall.

OF Jesus Feliciano led the team going 9 for 26 (.346) with 3 RBIs. Meanwhile Tony Armas, Jr. went 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings (when will he get called up?)

The Binghamton Mets (AA) had a much better week going 5-1, improving to 21-22 on the season, 6.5 games behind Trenton.

The team as a whole batted .297 for the week, led by OF Caleb Stewart (9 for 23 .391) and 1B Nick Evans (8 for 24 .333).

Down in the Florida State League at Port St. Lucie (A), the Mets have lost 11 straight, and are now 19 games out of first place with an 8-36 record. The team batted a pitiful .183 this week – obviously no stand outs here.

Finally, the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) went 3-4 this week, holding on to 7th place in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division. Jordan Abruzzo (C/DH) maintained his .333 season batting average, going 9 for 27.

Down On The Farm

Since the Mets are off tonight now is a good time to take a look at what the farm clubs are doing.

At AAA, the New Orleans Zephyrs (I will never get used to that) went 1-5 this past week, finishing the week in 3rd place in the PCL American South Division at 21-23 overall.

OF Jesus Feliciano led the team going 9 for 26 (.346) with 3 RBIs. Meanwhile Tony Armas, Jr. went 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings (when will he get called up?)

The Binghamton Mets (AA) had a much better week going 5-1, improving to 21-22 on the season, 6.5 games behind Trenton.

The team as a whole batted .297 for the week, led by OF Caleb Stewart (9 for 23 .391) and 1B Nick Evans (8 for 24 .333).

Down in the Florida State League at Port St. Lucie (A), the Mets have lost 11 straight, and are now 19 games out of first place with an 8-36 record. The team batted a pitiful .183 this week – obviously no stand outs here.

Finally, the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) went 3-4 this week, holding on to 7th place in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division. Jordan Abruzzo (C/DH) maintained his .333 season batting average, going 9 for 27.

>Willie Asks: Is It Racial?

>
Real article folks. I pass along with editorial comment, and you can read the entire thing in the Bergen Record.

Tomorrow, editorial comment. Tonight I’ll let the words speak for themselves.
http://www.northjersey.com/sports/Angry_Randolph_attacks_critics_who_hurt_me_to_my_core.html

“Is it racial?” Randolph asked. “Huh? It smells a little bit.”

Asked directly if he believes black managers are held to different standards than their white counterparts, Randolph said: “I don’t know how to put my finger on it, but I think there’s something there. Herman Edwards did pretty well here and he won a couple of playoff [games], and they were pretty hard on Herm. Isiah [Thomas] didn’t do a great job, but they beat up Isiah pretty good. … I don’t know if people are used to a certain figurehead. There’s something weird about it.

“I think it’s very important … that I handle myself in a way that the [African-American managers] coming behind me will get the opportunities, too … .”

Willie also mentions SNY’s coverage:

“Why [isn’t] SNY shooting me when I’m ready to go down the dugout clapping my hands and patting guys on the butt, schooling them during the game? I’m on the top step every game. … Why don’t you show that side of me so people can say, ‘Wow, jeez, Willie’s fiery’? … You watch any manager in baseball, you see him look like a bump on the log sitting there. They don’t move, they don’t talk. I’m as animated and as demonstrative and as involved and as intense as any manager in baseball.”