Trouble in Paradise?

MetsToday is not in the habit of starting rumors … but helping spread them is another issue altogether.

Diehard readers of MetsBlog may remember frequent contributor Luke Halpert, who is now blogging at NyJer. Anyway, according to Halpert’s “sources”, there is trouble in the Mets clubhouse.

Purportedly, Mets manager Willie Randolph is unhappy with Carlos Beltran’s lack of passion and his lollygagging around the bases. Further, a racial divide has occurred in the clubhouse, separating the Latinos and non-Latinos, and some players are complaining about Carlos Delgado batting cleanup despite a .220 batting average. The major stars of this made-for-TV drama are Julio Franco and Paul LoDuca.

Can it be true? Is New York City large enough to hold two baseball soap operas?

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  1. JimmyJ June 19, 2007 at 11:27 am
    How can Willie possibly be unhappy about someone else’s lack of passion? If there’s anyone to blame for the lack of passion on the team, it’s the skipper. Willie is an all-around nice guy and handles himself professionally, but it would be nice to see him pull a “Lou Pinella” every once in a while.
  2. joe June 19, 2007 at 12:21 pm
    c’mon Jimmy, you’re too tough on the man. For example, one time I saw Willie start tapping his foot in the dugout after a bad call. If that’s not the sign of a ticking time bomb, and a man who is ferociously intense, I don’t know what is.