What a surprise!
Well, no–not really. Via David Waldstein of the NY Times:
The Mets announced late Monday morning that they had relieved Omar Minaya of his duties as executive vice president and general manager and that they would not bring back Jerry Manuel as manager in 2011.
Both decisions had become foregone conclusions. The Mets made them official in a statement in which Jeff Wilpon, the team’s chief operating officer, said the club was “extremely disappointed in this year’s results and the failures of the past four seasons.”
“We need to hire a new general manager with a fresh perspective who will transform this club into a winner that we want and the fans deserve,” Wilpon said.
Although there had been some speculation that Minaya might remain with the Mets in a new job that would emphasize player evaluation, he told reporters shortly after the statement was issued that no reassignment had occurred and that he was no longer a member of the organization. He still has two years remaining on his contract as general manger, which the Mets will have to honor.
Not Yankee-related, but still relevant, of course. Anyone surprised this didn’t happen sooner?