Monday, October 4, 2010

Mets Fire Manuel & Minaya

The New York Mets have fired both manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya.

Manuel had been the manager since the middle of the 2008 season when he replaced Willie Randolph. Although the Mets did respectably under Manuel in '08 they went 70-92 and 79-83 in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Minaya had been the GM since September 2004.

The Mets have fallen on rough times since September 2007 when with only 17 games left to play they blew a seven game lead in the NL East. The Philadelphia Phillies won the division that year and have won it every year since.

The Wilpon family has indicated they are going to look outside the Mets organization for a new general manager. The Mets are said to be interested in former Arizona Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, Chicago White Sox Assistant GM Rick Hahn and former Oakland Athletics GM Sandy Alderson.

I wonder if they are considering Los Angeles Dodgers Assistant GM Kim Ng. She has been the Dodgers number two since 2001 and was previously Brian Cashman's number two with the New York Yankees from 1997 to 2000. She has certainly paid her dues.

Of course, who will be the Mets new manager all depends on who they hire as their new GM. So right now that's anyone's guess.

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