Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon directly addressed the departure of Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya in this morning's press release:
``We are extremely disappointed in this year's results and the failures of the past four seasons," Wilpon said. ``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."
Wilpon later said of the pair, ``I think we handled it in the most humane way we could.'' Wilpon said Manuel was ``appropriattely disappointed,'' when informed of the decision not to renew him.
Wilpon said the decision to remove the pair was made ``a few weeks ago.''