Mets manager Jerry Manuel never was in danger of being fired earlier this season, according to the New York Daily News.
As the Mets struggled through the early portion of their season, speculation began to mount that Bob Melvin would be promoted from his scout position with the team to take over for Manuel. One report even insinuated that members of the Mets’ front office had informally interviewed Melvin for the job. However, a source told the Daily News that never was the case.
Melvin managed the Diamondbacks from 2005-09 and won the N.L. West in 2007, and managed the Mariners from 2003-04.
Since a four-game sweep at Florida dropped the Mets to 18-20 and six games back in the N.L. East, New York has won eight of 14 to move within 3 1/2 games of the division lead.