By Mike Steffanos
Will Carroll at Baseball Prospectus is reporting that pitching coach Rick Peterson has been fired by the New York Mets:
Sources tell me that Rick Peterson has been fired as pitching coach of the New York Mets. As yet, this cannot be confirmed, though reports this weekend have been leaning this way. We'll know more shortly.
I kind of figured this was coming, but it just seems pointless to me. I think Peterson did a pretty good job given what he had to work with. It seems like the Mets felt that they had to fire somebody, and Peterson drew the short straw.
Then again, I have yet to see confirmation of this from any other source, and Carroll states that he can't confirm the rumor.
Update: Carroll has updated his item:
UPDATE: The sources were both incorrect. My apologies for the error. I consistently got "no comments" from Mets sources and do believe that Peterson remains in jeopardy. However, that decision has not yet been made ... or made public.
I don't know. Those "no comments" he mentions are mighty telling. Perhaps the rumor is correct and they're waiting for Minaya to arrive out there for the axe to fall. Again, stay tuned.