Anaheim, Calif (AP) Willie Randolph is out as manager of the New York Mets.
The move comes 2 months into a disappointing season that has followed the team's colossal collapse last September.
Bench coach Jerry Manuel takes over on an interim basis for Randolph, who led the Mets to within one win of the 2006 World Series. They got off to a strong start again last year but plummeted down the stretch and have been unable to rebound.
A preseason favorite to win the NL pennant, the $138 million Mets had won two in a row when Randolph was let go early Tuesday morning. He's the first major league manager to get fired this season.
The mets also fired their pitching coach and first base coach.