Former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson and Sports Illustrated baseball writer Jon Heyman join WFAN’s Mike Francesa at Bar A.
Mike Pelfrey was named the National League player of the week. The New York Mets pitcher has won six consecutive games and has a 2.26 ERA in his last nine starts. Pelfrey has just been phenomenal for the last month and a half. I know that this run started under the tutelage of Rick Peterson but new pitching coach Dan Warthen has clearly had a tangible impact on the Mets pitching staff.
Former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson spoke to XM radio yesterday about being fired by the Mets. He said that Omar Minaya delivered the news of his firing with sympathy. He said the he hopes that the Mets can get things turned around. About the Mets he said:
I don’t have any animosity or vindictive or angry thoughts. I’m sad, you’re always sad when you leave a home that you felt very comfortable at.
Too much Zen and too little pitching from Peterson this year. John Maine, Oliver Perez, and Aaron Heilman regressed this season and the Mets can’t have their young pitchers moving in the wrong direction. If you’re a regular reader, you know that my opinion is that Peterson deserved to be fired for recommending the Scott Kazmir trade. So if anything else that he did went South, he was probably on thin ice with the Mets front office.
The Mets announced at 3:15 am Eastern time that they fired manager Willie Randolph, pitching coach Rick Peterson, and first base coach Tom Nieto. The move was completely expected after multiple media reports over more than a month. Mets bench coach Jerry Manuel will take over on an interim basis, Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell, and pitching coach Dan Warthen, and scout Luis Aguayo will join the Mets major league staff.
Update June 17 11:00 AM EDT: Since the decision was made for us early this morning. I decided to take the poll down.
Since it appears to be imminent that someone is going to get fired. I’d like to get your take on who should get the axe. See the poll on the right side of the page. If you’re using a feed reader, visit the site to participate in the poll.
There have been a variety of reports about what Omar Minaya may do to shake this team up. It seems that the latest hot story in the mainstream media is that Willie Randolph will be retained as manager for now, but several coaches could be fired as soon as this week.
Pitching coach Rick Peterson and first base coach Tom Nieto are the two coaches named in the stories that appear to be on the hook for the Mets’ troubles this season.
Somebody has to be the scapegoat for this disappointing season, so why not the coaches?
I’ve wanted Peterson to go since shortly after the 2004 non-waiver trading deadline deal that sent Scott Kazmir to the Rays for Victor Zambrano. The reports were that the trade was made mostly on a recommendation by Peterson that he could “fix Zambrano in ten minutes”. That trade has hurt the Mets for years.
I have no idea what Nieto did to land on the chopping block, but Peterson sure deserves to be there.
David Lennon and Ken Davidoff of Newsday are reporting that Willie Randolph has this weekend to show management something or he’ll be fired. The last couple of days have given us opinions from Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal that Randolph’s job is day-to-day at this point. Only Jayson Stark from ESPN is reporting that Randolph is safe for now.
"He’s got the weekend," a person familiar with the situation said.
It’s also interesting to note that Rick Peterson and Howard Johnson’s fates are being tied to Randolph. That’s bad news for them.
All reports seem to be in agreement that Mets bench coach Jerry Manuel will take over the team for the rest of the season.