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Three teams fire managers

NEW YORK — The Mets, Brewers and Pirates gave their managers the boot, firing them Monday after poor seasons with underperforming teams.

And they might not be the only ones with job openings.

As expected, the Mets got rid of manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya after the high-payroll team's fourth consecutive season out of the playoffs.

"The last four years have been the most painful to me," Mets owner Fred Wilpon said.

The Brewers officially dismissed Ken Macha after consecutive losing seasons following their 2008 NL wild card appearance.

"When you get these jobs, it's just a matter of time before there is a change," Macha said.

John Russell was booted by the penurious Pirates after 299 defeats in three seasons, extending the franchise's consecutive losing years to a record 18.

Pittsburgh's payroll was a majors-low $35 million at the start of the season.

"We asked John Russell and his staff to compete against some incredible odds," said GM Neal Huntington, who remains through 2011.

Meanwhile, Foxsportsmidwest.com reported that Tampa native Tony La Russa is contemplating whether he'll return in 2011. His contract expires at the end of the season.

The website reported that La Russa, who just finished his 15th season in St. Louis, will make a decision fairly quickly.

ASTROS: Reliever Jeff Fulchino had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. … The club will exercise a $900,000 club option on OF Jason Michaels.

DIAMONDBACKS: Kirk Gibson, named interim manager in midseason, got the job and signed a two-year deal with a team option for 2013. Interim GM Jerry Dipoto also will remain as vice president of scouting and player development.

INDIANS: Mark Shapiro was promoted from GM to team president and assistant GM Chris Antonetti will replace Shapiro as GM.

REDS: Manager Dusty Baker got a two-year contract extension through 2012 after leading Cincinnati to its first playoff berth in 15 years.

Three teams fire managers 10/04/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 4, 2010 11:10pm]
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