It's all in the timing

New Yorkers woke up this morning to the news that the New York Mets had fired its coach Willie Randolph. This wasn't a surprise;...

New Yorkers woke up this morning to the news that the New York Mets had fired its coach Willie Randolph. This wasn't a surprise; after the team's historic collapse last fall and disappointing start this season, New York media have had a field day putting Randolph on death watch. What was surprising was the timing; the team had just made a trip to the West Coast and Randolph, along with pitching coach Rick Peterson and first base coach Tom Nieto, were fired after the Mets actually won a game against the Anaheim Angels. But with the news release being sent out after 3am ET, it was way too late for it to make the back page of The New York Post or Daily News. And while Web sites, radio hosts, and TV sportscasters will be dissecting this decision ad nauseum today, the back pages of those two papers still carry significant weight among New Yorkers. So, one has to wonder if the timing of this firing was more of a media strategy than anything else.

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