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Report: Mets to Fire Valentine

October 1, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Mets have decided to fire manager Bobby Valentine following a second straight disappointing season, Newsday reported Tuesday on its Web site.

The Mets scheduled an afternoon news conference, saying only that a ``major″ announcement would be made.

The Newsday report did not cite any sources, saying only that Mets owner Fred Wilpon decided in the past few days to fire Valentine. Wilpon previously had issued several votes of confidence for both Valentine and general manager Steve Phillips.

Valentine just finished the second year of a three-year contract and the Mets will be responsible for his 2003 salary of approximately $2.7 million.

The Mets finished with a record of 75-86, just two seasons after reaching the World Series under Valentine. It was their first last-place finish since 1993.

Last month, Newsday reported that seven Mets smoked marijuana during the season, although the newspaper said Tuesday that Wilpon’s decision was based on the team’s performance in the past two seasons.

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