We all knew it was coming, but here’s the official announcement:
The New York Mets today announced that Omar Minaya has been relieved of his duties as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations & General Manager and they have declined to exercise the club’s option on Jerry Manuel’s contract as manager for 2011.
A search is under way for a new general manager who will run the team’s Baseball Operations department. Ownership will lead the process with assistance from Vice President, Assistant General Manager John Ricco who will in the interim direct the department. The new General Manager will work with ownership to identify and hire a new manager.
“We are extremely disappointed in this year’s results and the failures of the past four seasons,” said Jeff Wilpon, Mets Chief Operating Officer. “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.
“We appreciate all that Omar and Jerry have done for the organization and thank them for their time and effort,” Wilpon said. “Changes like these are never easy, especially when you are dealing with people you like and respect.”
Mets ownership will meet with the media today at 1:30 p.m. in the Press Conference Room at Citi Field to address these changes.