In one of the classier moves in the history of baseball management, the Mets finally dropped the other shoe on embattled manager Willie Randolph.
After making him go across the country.
Announced it by email.
In the middle of the night.
After beating the Angels in Anaheim.
Now that's class.
ANAHEIM - The Mets have fired manager Willie Randolph, pitching coach Rick Peterson and first base coach Tom Nieto, the team announced shortly after 3 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday.
Bench coach Jerry Manuel has been named the team's interim manager, while Ken Oberkfell, Dan Warthen and Luis Aguayo will join the staff.
The announcement came despite the Mets' 9-6 victory against the Angels hours earlier, which lifted the team's record to 34-35. Randolph's tenure as the organization's 18th manager ends with a 302-253 record, the second-highest winning percentage in franchise history, trailing only Davey Johnson.
It's no surprise that they fired him. It's the way they handled it.