Why Jerry Manuel's Days Are Numbered as Manager of the New York Mets

Joe FiorelloCorrespondent IApril 12, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 08:  New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel argues a call in the ninth inning against the Florida Marlins with first base umpire James Hoye on April 8, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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I remember being a fan of Jerry Manuel when he first got the job as manager of the New York Mets.

His easygoing attitude was a far cry from Willie Randolph, and at first, the players seemed to respond well.

How times have changed...

It now seems that Manuel and his laissez-faire demeanor have lost the team. 

The Mets have picked up right where they left off in 2009, underperforming in the field and at the plate. They look woefully uninspired, which is quite a feat considering they're only six games into the season.

I went into this year believing that both Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya were on thin ice and that a slow start would mean the end for both. Starts don't get much slower than dropping the first two series of the season to the bottom-dwellers of your division.

I'm not throwing in the towel just yet...but...

I'm starting to think that a bad start that gets both Manuel and Minaya fired might be just what this team needs. It might not mean immediate success as far as this season goes, but for the long haul, cutting ties with Minaya and Manuel can only make things better.

Anyone that goes with Mike Jacobs and Fernando Tatis over two promising rookies who tore the ball up in the spring should not be in charge of a fantasy baseball team, let alone my favorite team.

Is it time for Mets fans to sacrifice their season to see Manuel and Minaya go? I vote yes.