Updated 11:30 AM
According to the latest 20/20 news update on WFAN, Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel have been relieved of their duties. A press conference has been scheduled at Citi Field for 1:30. Mets CEO Jeff Wilpon released a brief statement that reads,
“We need to hire a new General Manager with fresh perspective who will transform this club into a winner that we want and our fans deserve”
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco has been named Interim GM. He will be leading baseball operations on interim basis while the team searches for GM.
I should be thrilled, but I’m not. It’s kind of a somber feeling instead, not as overjoyed as I thought I would be.
Just got a copy of a statement the Mets sent in an email that reads:
Thank you for your support during another extremely disappointing season. Like you, all of us at the Mets had high expectations for 2010 and we did not come close to meeting them. Since reaching the National League Championship Series in 2006, we have underperformed. The failure is unacceptable and we share your anguish.
As Ownership, we are ultimately responsible and have determined that changes are necessary to produce a winning team for the long term.
Earlier this morning, we relieved Omar Minaya of his duties as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations & General Manager, and advised Jerry Manuel that we are declining to exercise the club’s option on his contract as Manager for 2011. We appreciate all that Omar and Jerry have done for the Organization and thank them for their time and effort. Changes like these are never easy, especially when dealing with people you like and respect.
We feel a fresh perspective in the leadership of our baseball department will elevate the performance of our club. That person will work with Ownership to hire a new Manager and will be responsible for creating a winning culture.
We have a lot of work to do to regain your confidence and support. Thank you for the opportunity to do so.
Updated Post 11:00 AM
Kevin Burkhardt just tweeted that Jerry Manuel is at CitiField and reported to the owner’s office.
By the way, beat reporters all say the locker room is empty and it looks like players are avoiding CitiField like the plague today. I don’t blame them one bit..
Original Post 5:00 AM
I’m glad to see that this part of the process will not drag on, because despite their faults and ineffectiveness, both Jerry and Omar are very likable guys and do deserve a dignified process under these circumstances.
I’m a little excited about the possibility of real and hopefully lasting change in a new and positive direction.
At this point this team has been adrift at sea for a couple of seasons, never knowing what the destination was or how to get there.
Here’s to a new organization, with a clear vision, better communication, and hopefully a lot more wins.