Randolph's Job Appears Safe With Mets

Reports say the team won't fire its manager, despite late slide
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2007 9:21 PM CDT
New York Mets' manager Willie Randolph speaks about the season and other issues after it was announced that he will continue as manager of the Mets at Shea Stadium in New York City Tuesday, October 2,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Despite a late-season collapse that left the Mets on the outside of the playoffs looking in, manager Willie Randolph's job is safe, Newsday reports. The final decision will be made tomorrow, but the paper quotes an anonymous source saying that GM Omar Minaya won't give Randolph the boot. The Mets blew a seven-game lead with just 17 games remaining.

The Mets' brass issued a statement saying it was "bitterly disappointed" in how the season ended, but apparently not enough to fire Randolph, who has two years left on his contract. "I think looking what he has done here the past three years speaks for itself," Minaya said. The Mets came within a whisker of reaching the World Series last year.