Show's almost over for Manuel

Even when he makes the right moves, the Mets skipper looks bad, and that ain't good

Updated: May 22, 2010, 2:16 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Jerry Manuel did the right thing when he pulled John Maine, a pitcher forever projecting the body language of defeat. The manager did the right thing when he showed his other 24 Mets he will not allow a noncompetitive player to remain on a major league field.

Maine deserved to be humiliated Thursday night in Washington, and humiliate him Manuel did.

But the odds this righteous act will hurt Manuel's already fragile standing in his clubhouse increased when the manager mocked ...

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