For weeks, New York Mets fans have speculated how long management would leave Willie Randolph at the helm of their sub-.500 ball club.
Early this morning they brought the hammer down on Willie. “Pitching coach Rick Peterson and first base coach Tom Nieto also were cut loose in an enormous overhaul that was revealed in a fact-of-the-matter news release at a stunning time — about 12:15 a.m. PDT, nearly two hours after New York’s 9-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels,” reports SI.
“Bench coach Jerry Manuel takes over on an interim basis for Randolph… Ken Oberkfell, the club’s manager at Triple-A New Orleans, and Dan Warthen, pitching coach for the Zephyrs, will join the major league staff along with Luis Aguayo, a Mets field coordinator.”
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