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Mets fire Randolph; Peterson, Nieto also dismissed

Updated: June 18, 2008, 12:49 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Once he decided to fire Willie Randolph, New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya caught a flight to the West Coast, went to the team hotel and waited to deliver the news in person.

"Eye to eye," Minaya said Tuesday. "It was done quick."

Even if it seemed to take forever.

The late-night hit came as chants of "Fire Willie!" grew louder at Shea Stadium and on New York's sports talk radio stations. Yet when Minaya did just that, the news shocked most everyone ...

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