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Minaya, Manuel finished as Mets

Posted on: October 1, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:20 pm
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Jerry Manuel Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel won't be returning to their respective roles with the Mets, SportsIllustrated.com's Jon Heyman confirms .

The fates of Minaya and Manuel (pictured) haven't been a secret, as its been assumed for quite a while now that the two would not return.

Manuel, the skipper, will have his 2011 option declined and will end his Mets tenure below .500. In roughly two and a half seasons, Manuel has a 202-212 record, with a current 77-82 mark that has the Mets in fourth place. While Manuel isn't a great manager, his struggles have been exacerbated by Minaya, who took over the Mets in 2005, by turning the team into an overpaid, aging and talentless squad kept afloat by the contributions of David Wright and Johan Santana.

The announcement, according to Heyman, will come prior to teams kicking off the postseason Wednesday. Since the Mets haven't contacted anyone about the GM opening, it will take a while to fill the position. The manager's gig will wait until after the general manager is found so the GM can have input on the hire.

Even though Minaya has a deal through 2012, the Mets are striking now because it's very clear Minaya did not and cannot do the job in New York. While he has an option to leave the organization, some feel he will remain and accept a reassigned role.

Names that could be the next GM of the Mets include White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, ex-Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and current MLB executive and former GM and president Sandy Alderson and Rangers GM Jon Daniels, who has an out clause in his deal. However, the Mets are reportedly concerned about ticket sales and may go after a higher-profile GM. Too bad they dragged their feet on Kevin Towers.

On the manager's front, Wally Backman and Bobby Valentine have been closely linked to the team. Valentine, of course, is a former Mets manager who returned from a successful stint in Japan and is now a television personality. Backman received the Diamondbacks' managerial job after the 2004 season but was fired days later when it was revealed he had significant legal and financial problems. A documentary, Playing for Peanuts , documented his return to managing in 2008 with the independent South Georgia Peanuts. Backman grabbed the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones gig for 2010 and won his division by 12 games.

As a popular ex-Met, Backman would go over with fans, as would Valentine.

UPDATE : Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets informed Minaya of his fate Friday.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: May 12, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2010 10:45 pm
 

Minaya, Manuel finished as Mets

I don't care if Minaya was white,black,asian.latino,or alien.He sucked as a GM and overpaid for players like Perez and K-Rod(sorry but no closer is worth that much).Minaya gave Oliver Perez a contract you give to a great pitcher,not a guy who had one good year and falls apart every freaky game.He just didn't do his job.As for all this race crap.Ever race thinks they are perfect.ever race is racist.The reason why America is failing is because races can't live together.Races don't even get along with there own kind and we think we can live together.It doesn't matter what race you belong too,all humans are a disgrace.We care more about money,hate,war, and religion than we do about our kids.Because if we cared about the kids in this world we wouldn't be fighting and killing each other for Diamonds,oil,gas and religion.We wouldn't be ruining the planet like we are.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2010 10:40 pm
 

Minaya, Manuel finished as Mets

Like every other Met fan, I say...finally.

I would prefer Bobby V over Wally because Bobby V has a proven record of getting a lot out of his players. He's a bit of a kook, but who cares? He knows how to manage and how to motivate. I like Wally, but he needs more experience. Maybe bring him on as a bench coach and possible successor to Bobby V. Of course, knowing the Mets, they'll probably back away from taking a chance on either and go for someone more vanilla, like Bob Melvin or Ken Oberkfell who are both in the organization.

GM? I have no idea. Rumors a while back had Billy Beane possibly being available. It would be interesting to see what he could do with a $140 million budget. Whoever it is though, it needs to be someone outside the organization because this organization is FUBAR and needs a change in culture.

The real key though is budget. If Fred and Barney Wilpon don't pony up some dough to make some major improvements to this team, they won't be going anywhere for a while no matter who is running the team, or managing it.



Since: May 12, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2010 10:23 pm
 

Minaya, Manuel finished as Mets

It's about time.Now Hurricane Minaya can leave New York and the Mets can pick up the pieces he left behind.Hopefully Minaya takes Oliver Perez,K-Rod,John Maine,Jose Reyes, and the rest of the bums he overpayed.Minaya didn't even deserve to sell hotdogs at City field.




Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2010 10:16 pm
 

Minaya, Manuel finished as Mets

Could have not heard better news today......it's about time....

Bottom line team wasnt performing, another disappointing season.....

Curious to see who they bring in.....



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2010 10:15 pm
 

Minaya, Manuel finished as Mets

WHy would you want Torre,  he said he can no longer relate to the players of today



Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2010 9:56 pm
 

Minaya, Manuel finished as Mets

Maybe now we won't catch talent at their peak with another team so we can sign them on the way down!


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Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2010 9:32 pm
 

Minaya, Manuel finished as Mets

I am glad Omar and Jerry are gone.  Now what to do next?  First hire a GM.  I have no idea who will get it.  He will pick his manager.  The question is will the Mets be active in Free Agency.  I am assuming K-Rod, Maine and Perez will not be Mets next year.  I am also assuming that Santana will not be ready for opening day 2011.  I am no doctor but from what little I know it is a very long recovery process.  We need at least two starters and one guy in the pen.  Due to his salary, Beltan will be a Met next spring.  I do not know if he will be on the DL or on the field but he will be a Met.  If they have to write off Perez's and Maine salary and depending on how K-Rod's grievance thing turns out, I do not see the Mets writing off Beltran just now.  Right now we have Pelfrey, Niese, Dickey and Santana returning sometime during the season.  One question, will Santana be the same Santana?  Time will tell.  I do not know what the general opinion of some of the young guys we used as Starters.  Gee, I thought was promising.  Jenrry Mejia, not so sure but he is only 20 years old.


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