"I can't answer that [whether Willie will be the manager for the rest of the season]. He is my manager today, and I have the right to evaluate him as we go along. Let me put it this way, he is always being evaluated...It's a situation that I'm constantly evaluating."
- The Best GM in Baseball
Harold Reynolds made a good point last night on the postgame and I couldn't agree more: Until there is some certainty amongst the team regarding Willie's job status there will be an inordinate amount of pressure on the players - at least the ones who care about Willie.
Yes, they're professionals. And yes, they should be used to pressure, especially playing in New York. But it's hard to go out and play loose when you know that your next fuck up could mean your manager's job.
Not that this organization handles the firing of their managers gracefully. All you need to look at is how Freddie Coupons & Co. handled the departure of one Arthur Xavier Howe IV in 2004. It's always nice when the beat writers see your pink slip before you.
Instead of constantly evaluating Willie's performance why doesn't Omar sit down and evaluate this waste of a team he assembled. Sixth inning heroics aside, Robinson Cancel has no business on this roster. And as JF noted over at Productive Outs, the fact that Aguila was sent down to make room for Trot Nixon instead of Cancel is just migraine-inducing.