Manuel, Minaya won't return for Mets

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FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets will have a new manager and general manager next year, as both Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya won't return in 2011.

The Mets declined to pick up the option on Manuel's contract and have relieved Minaya of his duties as GM, one day after the club finished a disappointing season with a record of 79-83.

Manuel posted a record of 204-213 after taking over for Willie Randolph on June 17, 2008. Minaya had been the club's GM since 2005.

"We are extremely disappointed in this year's results and the failures of the past four seasons," said Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon. "We need to hire a new general manager with a fresh perspective who will transform this club into a winner that we want and our fans deserve."

The Mets had winning records in each of Minaya's first four seasons as general manager and came within a game of the World Series in 2006, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. However, a historic collapse followed in 2007 when the Mets blew a seven-game lead with 17 to play and finished one game behind Philadelphia in the NL East.

Manuel fired Randolph in the middle of the night on the east coast while the Mets were playing in Los Angeles on that June evening in 2008 and Manuel took over. The Mets were in the race for a wild card that season and finished a game behind Milwaukee.

Injuries took their toll in 2009 with a 70-92 record and this year's team underachieved.

"We appreciate all that Omar and Jerry have done for the organization and thank them for their time and effort," Wilpon added. "Changes like these are never easy, especially when you are dealing with people you like and respect."

There were reports over the weekend that Minaya would remain with the team in another role, since he was under contract through the 2012 season with club options for two additional years.

The Mets said assistant general manager John Ricco will head up baseball operations on an interim basis during the search for a new general manager, who will then work with ownership to hire a new manager.


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