The Mets lost out again on the final day of the season, but that failure isn't expected to cost anyone a job.
General manager Omar Minaya's four-year contract extension became public knowledge a few days back, and after today's 4-2 loss to the Marlins, major-league sources said that it's almost certain that Jerry Manuel will remain as manager.
Manuel took over as interim manager when Willie Randolph was fired late on the night of June 16. The Mets, who were a game under .500 at the time (34-35), went 55-38 under Manuel. Mets players have repeatedly praised Manuel, and several Mets players endorsed him again after today's loss.
"I believe he should be back," Carlos Beltran said. "He's a great man, and he did everything possible. He did his part, and he did his best."
Minaya also praised Manuel, saying he did "a very good job going into a difficult situation."
Minaya wouldn't directly comment on Manuel's future, saying he first had to discuss the situation with club ownership. But it's believed that the decision has already been all but finalized.