Randolph officially kicked off his second season in control of the club Friday, meeting with reporters for an hour-long conference session.
Feeling as though he has the attention of his roster, Randolph will consider relaxing some of his 'standards' - rules imposed last Spring Training to eliminate distractions and garner team unity - for the 2006 campaign.
"From year to year, I might change different things," Randolph said. "But right now, I'm just going to play it as it comes."
Last spring, Randolph surprised the Mets by mandating that no player was to wear facial hair - a shock for veterans like Mike Piazza, for whom the look had become an iconic statement - or play music in the clubhouse without the use of headphones.
Strict as the rules seemed to some players, they may have worked. Baby-faced and playing music only after victories, the Mets posted an 83-win season in 2005, their best finish since the club last made the postseason in 2000.
"I think the tone is set, put it that way," Randolph said. "I think [the players] got a good feel of how I want the game to be played."
Preparing for the upcoming season, Randolph said he hopes to expand on concepts, especially the teachings delivered to young players like shortstop Jose Reyes and third baseman David Wright. With the Mets' lineup built around speed, it is instrumental that players put balls in play and cut down on strikeouts if New York is to mount a serious playoff run - a challenge Randolph believes his club is up to.
"We've still got a lot to learn about each other, a lot to learn about winning," Randolph said. "It just feels good to get that first year out of the way. It feels good knowing coming into this camp that you know your personnel better and feel more comfortable with what you expect."
Randolph said he considers his 2006 club, on paper, stronger than the third-place team from last season. Buoyed by veteran imports like Carlos Delgado, Billy Wagner, Paul Lo Duca and Julio Franco, Randolph said the experience and influences could play a major role in helping him decide to lighten regulations on players.
"I'm not saying we're going to change anything," Randolph said. "We're just talking about being flexible."
That means both Victor Zambrano and Aaron Heilman are on the bubble entering the spring, with a slew of potential contenders arranged to provide competition. That group includes veterans Jeremi Gonzalez, Jose Lima and Darren Oliver, as well as younger pitchers like Brian Bannister and John Maine.
"We've got three or four guys on the depth chart who might step up and knock my socks off," Randolph said.
25 wins shy of 300, Glavine all but guaranteed he will pitch again in 2007, barring the unlikely situation that he racks up all of the necessary victories this year.
"Unless my arm falls off, I'm not planning on getting this close to 300 wins and shutting it down," Glavine said.
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