The Eddie Kranepool Society

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Adam Rubin has a book on on the 2005 Mets: {Mets beat writer Adam Rubin chronicles the organization's resurrection in "Pedro, Carlos and Omar: The Story of a Season in the Big Apple and the Pursuit of Baseball's Top Latino Stars."} There is an excerpt in today's Daily News and it deals mostly with Willie and how he handled his first season as Mets manager. Willie praises his team for not giving up and Rubin shows that it was a testament to Willie how the players play hard for him. That was one thing that was never doubted last year, the players had tons of respect for Randolph and never laid down a la the Howe years. It's one of Randolph strengths that he picked up from St. Joseph of Torre, be straight with your guys and they'll fight like hell for you. But for myself and many Mets fans our biggest gripe with Randolph is his game management and strategies and Rubin points these out in one long passage: I{t was inevitable that Randolph's moves would be scrutinized. It is New York, after all. There was the botched double-switch in Cincinnati in his second game as manager. There was allowing Shingo Takatsu to make his Mets debut in Florida against Cabrera at a make-or-break point in the season. There was also the decision to pitch to the Nationals' Vinny Castilla in September at Shea Stadium, with first base open and light-hitting catcher Keith Osik on deck. (Randolph insisted Nationals manager Frank Robinson would have pinch-hit with Brian Schneider had Castilla been walked. Apparently, Randolph was unaware that Schneider was unavailable because of a shoulder injury, though the responsibility for gathering that information probably belonged to bench coach Sandy Alomar Sr.; Randolph planned to flip Alomar and first-base coach and former White Sox manager Jerry Manuel's roles for the 2006 season.) Regardless, Robinson was one of the opposing managers who complimented Randolph about how hard the Mets had played down the stretch, a contrast with previous editions that swooned in September.} Let's hope with a year inder his belt Randolph will be better on the bench than last year. < |