Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Movement Has Gone Mainstream

Everyone's talking about it. Lots of influential people want him to go. Except me?

Now I'm always a fan for seeing Willie get the axe, but I don't think you can do it in May - at least with the team playing over .500 with some key names on the DL.

The time to fire Willie was last year - specifically the day after a certain not-devastated someone went 0.1 innings. You just can't do it now, not a month into the season that has seen the Mets go 2 games over .500 with Pedro and Moises on the DL, Raul Casanova starting 10 games, and Perez and Pelfrey battling it out to see who does the best Lima impersonation.

There was a time to fire Willie. That time has passed and not yet presented itself again. At the All-Star Break when the team is still treading water? Yes. Getting swept by the Phillies to fall more than 3 games back of the division lead? Yes. But not today, not tomorrow, not anytime soon unless the wheels come off in a big way.

But in all honesty there's not much to worry about. Judging how the team has looked in every game save for the extra inning win against the Phillies and Friday night in Arizona - the wheels shouldn't take that long to come loose.


Matt Himelfarb said...

Marc, I think you bring up a very interesting point here. You know me, I was all in favor of firing Willie and would probably still do so now, but its' best to wait when the Mets hit a bump in the road. I remember one of the cheif concerns about firing Willie last year was if they could actually find someone willing to work here after they fired a manger who get them within a few outs of the World Series in 2006.

MP said...

I agree Matt - I just don't think it makes sense to pull the trigger now at all.

Who they would get to replace him is a whole separate question. Bring back Bobby V.

John Peterson said...

I agree that the time to do it was last year, but it would be tremendous if it happened when the Mets were doing relatively well. It would indicate that the decision was born of a recognition of systemic failure, not a knee-jerk reaction to short-term failure.