The More Things Change|Baseball Digest

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People like to make comparisons between current Mets manager Jerry Manuel and former Mets manager Willie Randolph, mainly lauding the former’s coolness under pressure and the latter’s unyielding stubbornness that alienated a clubhouse.

The team’s current resurgence is being used as an example of how loose Manuel was during the team’s 4-8 start, which, some say has led to the team’s current 6-1 run entering today’s doubleheader against the Dodgers.

It’s an excellent point, but it’s also a helluva lot easier to do one’s job without an owner’s son, assistant GM and a cadre of veteran players looking to can you at every waking moment. The Mets hierarchy wants Manuel to succeed, which cannot be said for his predecessor.


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