The 19th Mets Manager

February 5, 2009

As we get closer and closer to opening day, the Mets will be embarking on their forty-eighth Major League Baseball season. Along with playing their home games in a new ballpark, Citi Field, they will also be headed by a new skipper. This season, the Mets dropped the interim tag off of Jerry Manuel and made him their full-fledged field general. Below is a list of all the managers in Mets history along with the years they managed and their records.

    Name Years Managed Record

Jerry Manuel 2008- 55-38

Willie Randolph 2004-08 302-253

Art Howe 2003-04 137-186

Bobby Valentine 1996-2002 536-467

Dallas Green 1993-96 229-283

Jeff Torborg 1992-93 85-115

Mike Cubbage 1991 3-4

Bud Harrelson 1990-91 145-129

Davey Johnson 1984-90 595-417

Frank Howard 1983 52-64

George Bamberger 1982-83 81-127

Joe Torre 1977-81 286-420

Joe Frazier 1976-77 101-106

Roy McMillan 1975 26-27

Yogi Berra 1972-75 292-296

Gil Hodges 1968-71 339-309

Salty Parker 1967 4-7

Wes Westrum 1965-67 142-237

Casey Stengel 1962-1965 175-404

Manuel’s 93 games have already placed him ahead of other Mets managerial hopefuls such as, Mike Cubbage, Roy McMillan, and Salty Parker. If not for the early exit of George Bamberger, Manuel would be holding the record as the most visible interim manager in Mets history. As you can see, Frank Howard owns that distinction with 118 games under his belt for his role in the 1983 season.

Perhaps, some day, Manuel could be grouped together with the likes of Davey Johnson (1,012 games), Bobby Valentine (1,003), and believe it or not, Joe Torre with 706 games. Others worth mentioning are Gil Hodges (648 games), Yogi Berra (588), Casey Stengel (579), and most recently, Willie Randolph with 555 games.

Manuel’s prior experience as manager was his first and only other time. He managed the Chicago White Sox from 1998-2003 compiling a 500-471 record for a winning percentage of .515.

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