Mets Fire Their Bench Boss

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ANAHEIM, CA -- After being a target on sports talk radio for weeks, Willie Randolph lost his job as manager of the New York Mets early this morning. He was fired in Anaheim, after a win over the L.A. Angels inched the preseason favorite in the National League East to within a game of .500 at 34-and-35.

Bench coach Jerry Manuel has been named interim skipper. He
served as bench boss for the Chicago White Sox from 1998-2003,
winning AL Manager of the Year in 2000 after guiding his club to a
league-best 95-and-67 record.

The Mets' disappointing start follows last September's historic
collapse that cost them a berth in the playoffs.

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