While so many of his colleagues spent the past week hysterically fermenting fake outrage and making a martyr of deposed manager Willie Randolph, beat writer Adam Rubin of the Daily News gets the real story on the complicated unraveling of the Willie Randolph Era, revealing not only Willie’s wild paranoia and churlishness, but the politicking that could make Tony Bernazard the new king of Metland before long. As always, the real story is considerably more nuanced than a 144-point headline would indicate.
As I’ve said before, I felt bad for Willie right up until the end but I have begun to think that the Mets very much did him a favor by firing him as “controversially” as they did, since it detracts from the very strong argument for having done it in the first place. Three games in and I’m thrilled with the Jerry Manuel Era.
Manuel is the 19th manager in Mets history, and the first to wear No. 53: Following is a list of all Met managers and their uni numbers: