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On the crisp, clear morning of October 4, in the year of our Lord 2010, the New York Metropolitans parted ways with their beloved General Manager Omar "The Architect" Minaya, and Manager Jerry Manuel. Fans around the greater Tri-State area were left dumbfounded by the decision by the Wilpon Family to fire "The Architect" after another solid forth-place finish. One Met's fan who asked not to be named, (let's call him Timmy McNally of 1412 Tubbs Road in Bay Shore, NY) snidely remarked, "I'm puzzled by this...I mean 4 out of 5 is pretty good, no?" referring the the Met's 4th place finish in their five team division for the second consecutive year.
But in all seriousness folks, this move was long overdue. The last 4 seasons in Flushing have been nightmarish. Two consecutive collapses (2007 & 2008) followed by two outright failures (2009 & 2010) were more than enough to justify the end of the Minaya era. In a way, it's really kind of depressing. Minaya and company started out so well in 2005 with big moves that truly energized the struggling franchise. But soon enough, hope gave way to hype, and a number of horrible signings (Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo, K-Rod, etc) and strategic blunders (Tony Bernazard!!) left the Mets' organization in disarray.
Now for the first time in years there is light at the end of the tunnel for Mets' fans. To say the next move for the Wilpon family is huge would be an understatement.