Randolph Discusses New Mets 'Standards'

Mets manager Willie Randolph discussed his clubhouse standards, which include the team's new policy barring facial hair, with the media on Tuesday.

Randolph informed his club late last week that they were to abide by several new criteria for being a New York Met, which included normal tasks such as arriving on time, standing on the dugout's top step for the National Anthem and a 1 a.m. curfew during spring training.

However, it was the no-facial hair policy – strongly reminiscent of George Steinbrenner's long-standing ruling with the Yankees – that has been noted as the biggest change around Mets camp, especially with long-time beard-wearers like Mike Piazza and Jason Phillips undergoing drastic changes.

In the Mets' clubhouse and less visible to fans, some players are said to be unhappy with a new policy against playing music on the loudspeaker before games. Instead, players will be instructed to use headphones.

On how Randolph classifies the guidelines: "I don't consider them rules. To me, rules are like punishments, like you're punishing someone for something. I consider them standards. It's what I've always known."

On what Randolph hopes to achieve by implementing the policy: "It's not about achievements. Achievements are on the field, with wins and losses. This is about how a team should look. To me, it's more of being uniform as a group than anything else. It's symbolic. It's not for us to achieve winning on the field."

On barring music from the clubhouse loudspeaker this season: "I just think everyone should respect one another's space. We have a lot of guys in that room and for some guys, it's not fair to blare music that's going to make them uncomfortable. We need a working environment to study tapes and film. You can put headphones on and walk around the room, and that's the way to respect one another."

On whether he'd met any resistance: "Everybody seems to be on board. They have to be on board. I treat my players like men."


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