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Manuel now has to figure out reasons for Mets' failures

Updated: October 4, 2008, 4:26 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Jerry Manuel was in a joking mood.

"I was trying to get 15 years on my deal," the New York Mets manager said Saturday. "They cut it down."

Manuel's "interim" tag was removed Friday night when the Mets gave him a two-year contract that guarantees him more than $2 million and includes a club option for 2011. Now he must figure out why the team collapsed in each of the last two Septembers and find a solution that gets New York back in the postseason.

"We have to grow ...

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