Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mets reportedly to announce firing of Manuel, Minaya

By: Clayton Collier

       As another lackluster season for the New York Mets ends so to does the era of Manuel and Minaya. According to multiple reports, manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya are to be fired following the end of season Sunday. Ownership stated that they will not make any announcement until after the end of the regular season. The Mets on Thursday clinched their second straight losing season and forth straight season where they have failed to reach the postseason.

      Minaya has been with the Mets since 2005 and over his tenure brought in Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Billy Wagner, Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo, Johan Santana, Fransisco Rodriguez and Jason Bay among others. Yet all these major pickups throughout this time, the Mets have only made the postseason one time. Considering roughly a 140 million dollar team budget, one would expect better results. If Minaya is removed from his GM role, he might be offered a different position in the franchise.

       Manuel joined the Mets halfway through the 2008 season replacing Willie Randolph. Following Manuel taking over in 2008, the club went 55-38 only to fall one game short of a playoff berth. But eventually Manuel's laid back attitude lost its effect. Since the 2008 season Manuel has had a disappointing 148-174 record in the 2009-2010 seasons.

     Even though Minaya and Manuel have given it their best shot, it is time for the club to go in another direction in order to make the club a winning team once again.

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