Dec 15

This Day in Baseball History: Ordonez traded.

ORDONEZ: Traded on this date.

ORDONEZ: Traded on this date.

Shortstop Rey Ordonez is traded to Tampa Bay for two minor league prospects. Ordonez had a love-hate relationship with Mets’ fans. He once called them stupid. Not a nice thing to say.

I remember this guy was slick with the glove, but I didn’t cover him on a daily basis so I never got the chance to get to know him. For those who saw him regularly, any moments that stick out?

Nov 03

This Day in Baseball History

Such promise back then in 2004 when the Mets named Yankees coach Willie Randolph as their new manager. Coincidentally, on this day in 2004 the Phillies hired Charlie Manuel as their manager.

Can an argument be made the Mets acted too hastily with Randolph?

Randolph seemed destined for the Milwaukee job, but that went to Ken Macha. Randolph turned down an offer to coach in Washington under Manny Acta, which probably was a good thing. There could be other jobs.