Mets ready in case of Manuel override

Odds are, Mets promote from within if slow start leads to quick hook for skipper

Updated: April 1, 2010, 11:54 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Jerry Manuel emerged as Mets manager shortly after 3 a.m. ET on June 17, 2008, once the Mets fired Willie Randolph at a Costa Mesa, Calif., hotel after the first game of a western swing.

Two years later, Manuel is the one needing a quick start or facing possible termination. He doesn't need his black-rimmed glasses to see the organization has accumulated no shortage of potential replacements.

"You know, perception would say, 'Hey, Jerry, turn around,'" ...

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