But in many ways, the timing of the move makes perfect sense. Sure, it doesn’t make sense to make Randolph fly 3,000 miles to Los Angeles and manage last night’s game if the outcome of last night’s game didn’t matter to Randolph’s job security.
However, Anaheim may have been the worst team for the Mets to be playing while Randolph was on the ropes. What team better contrasts the Mets lackadaisical play than then the aggressive to the point of almost being reckless style of baseball Anaheim plays.
There was Anaheim last night, going first to third at almost every opportunity, daring you to throw them out.
There they were, with 30-something players like Gary Matthews, and Garret Anderson, and Torii Hunter, playing aggressively, daring you to throw them out, and throwing the ball around the field themselves.
There was Mike Scioscia calling no less than three hit-and-runs last night.
There was Mike Scioscia cajoling a less than effective Jared Weaver through the later innings. There were the Angels, battling back to within two runs after being down by as many as five.
The Mets may have won last night, but there is no question who is the more aggressive, more disciplined team, more competitive team.
There is no question that a manager DOES have an effect on the play of a team’s players, despite those who will now try and convince you of something different.
The timing may have sucked, but in many ways it makes perfect sense that Willie’s last game was against Mike Scioscia and Anaheim.
More later . . .