Mets Cut Randolph Loose

Mets fire manager despite recent improvement
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2008 7:25 AM CDT
The New York Mets fired Willie Randolph, left, pitching coach Rick Peterson, second from left, and first base coach Tom Nieto. Bench coach Jerry Manuel, right, will take over as interim manager.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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(Newser) – The New York Mets have fired manager Willie Randolph, as well as two of his coaches, reports Newsday. The announcement came this morning after weeks of speculation about Randolph's fate, as the Mets continue to struggle just under .500 after last season's historic collapse. Bench coach Jerry Manuel will take over as interim manager.

Before his team sent him off with a 9-6 win in Anaheim yesterday, Randolph brushed aside rumors of his impending departure. "We spend so much time talking about all this extracurricular stuff, man, and it’s like, this team just needs to focus on playing winning baseball." General manager Omar Minaya will make a statement today at 5pm ET.