The Hot Corner is Heating Up
Norm has returned. The Shea Hot Corner is back. Stop by and check out his recap of the last month or so of activity.
A blog dedicated to the New York Mets with some other baseball thrown in.
I have a large ball for a head.
"No one really gave me credit for doing what I did. They just criticized me," "The manager countered that Wright might not have had as good a year had the manager not protected the youngster by placing him down in the order early in the season."
Riiiiiiiiight. That does not even deserve a response.
"I guess I'm a show-me guy, I want to see that David can keep making the adjustments," Randolph said.
I'm a show me guy too. Show me why you should still employed. Hint #1, treat your best hitter like your best hitter. Don't punish someone for being young.
"I let them play," Randolph said. "It's not always going to come down to average and statistics. It's just how you play the game. Managers look at players and it's what they see."
Your gut decisions have worked out oh so well so far, so why change?
"He was just one of the guys we had," Randolph said. "Who knows? We may even pick someone up. The competition just started. It doesn't change the whole picture at second base for me at all. The fact that he's not here, we have to just move on."
That was when Brett Boone retired and that was followed up by...
"Keppinger really wasn't in the mix. Keppinger was kind of a long shot, and he's still kind of a long shot, but he's there."
Willie, wait. I thought you just said the competition just started? Now Keppinger had no shot and since A Hern has been playing short (a very foreign position from second) he is out too?
"I'm not concerned at all"
That was Willie commenting on Victor Zambrano's inability to actually resemble a good pitcher. I know Willie is not going to throw his guy under the bus, so I give him a free pass, but I wouldn't mind a comment about him needing to step up and perform in the next week or so.
"He's still a nice player, but let's not get crazy," Randolph said. ~ 4/15/08
Willie telling Angel Pagan to not get too excited because chances are, he really is not good.
"He's not going to be in that tree all year," Randolph said of Pagan, who is also tied with David Wright for the team lead with 10 RBIs. "We've seen a lot of players come through the pike and do what Pagan's doing, so let's keep this in perspective." ~ 4/15/08
Willie 'motivating' his team in their time of need.
"I like Luis in the No. 2 spot," Randolph said. "He's still one of the better No. 2 hitters in the game." ~ 4/15/08
I rest my case.