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Mets manager Jerry Manuel is back on the hot seat again

Jul 22, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post has a lengthy column today entitled “Manuel’s job in jeopardy” and says “this looks to be the point of no return” for Jerry Manuel as Mets manager. Here’s more:

The other day in San Francisco at AT&T Park the interview area for manager Jerry Manuel was moved to around the corner from the clubhouse. When Manuel emerged from the clubhouse and saw that his usual spot near the door had been relocated down the hallway, he said jokingly that “the street” would be the next stop for him. That day could be just around the corner for Manuel.

Manuel being on the hot seat is nothing new and in fact has been true for much of the past two years, although when the Mets were playing really well about a month ago he started to get praise for their success.
For instance, just 30 days ago Jon Heyman of SI.com wrote: “Time to give Jerry Manuel an extension. He fostered positive vibe around Mets.”
Manuel and the Mets have gone 9-16 since Heyman wrote that. Apparently the “positive vibe” vanished when the winning stopped. What a weird coincidence, right?

  1. BC - Jul 22, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    C’mon Mets… keep losing…. we need Manuel and Minaya to go!
    (Commentor’s Note: I was not in favor of giving Manuel any sort of extension even when they were in or around first place. You knew Pelfrey was going to suck eventually, and for all the hoo-hah, Ike Davis is hitting .253 with an OBP of .327 and 82 strikeouts in 300 AB. Management deluded themselves into thinking they were more than a 78-81 win team. Time to clean house! Please!)

  2. john j pileggi - Jul 22, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Manuel did not get dumb all of a sudden. The team played over its head for awhile and has come back to earth with a thud. They need another starter and another bat. The team as it is currently constructed may contend for a Wild Card, but is likely to struggle quite a bit. Manuel cannot add 25 homers to Jason Bay, nor get KRod to throw strikes.

  3. MC - Jul 22, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Awful series in Arizona.

  4. YankeesfanLen - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    What’s most interesting about his article, and shows either that it’s just a recycle or failing to really preach to the choir, is that Bobby V.’s name doesn’t come up as the replacement. In the Daily News, one player said he didn’t understand why the team meeting was called, either before or after it.

  5. Simon DelMonte - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    I agree, for the most part. The question is, can firing a manager who is generally well-liked by the team but cannot handle the bullpen in the least get enough wins to make the wild card? I can’t see it myself, in which case you stay with Jerry till season’s end.

  6. Benny Blanco - Jul 22, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Cmon BC, Now your down on Ike Davis? Give the kid a break. He’s having a very simialir year to the phenom Jason Heyward with a bright future ahead of him. As for pelfrey, is it so imposible for him to get it together again and pitch well down the stretch?
    I think Manuel needs to go simply for the fact they need a change. But there gonna win more then the 70 games you predicetd in the pre-season.
    Your the worst type of Met fan, Been down so long you cant even root for the young players?

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