Minaya, Manuel, Macha and Russell out


• The New York Mets have officially parted ways with Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations & General Manager Omar Minaya and Manager Jerry Manuel. In six seasons with Minaya in charge, the Mets had a .520 winning percentage -- third best in the National League in that span. However, they have just one playoff appearance to show for it, when they lost in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS.

Since then, the Mets are barely over .500, and blew division leads in September in both 2007 and 2008. That 2007 team is one of only five teams in the Divisional Era (1969) to lose a lead of at least 6 1/2 games on August 25 or later.

Manuel, who took over before the 2008 season, couldn't get the Mets back over the hump, and they lost a 3 1/2 game lead with 17 games left in his first season. In fact, their slugging percentage and on base percentage fell in each of Manuel's three seasons at the helm.

• Ken Macha, who was brought on just as CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets left as free agents, was let go by the Milwaukee Brewers after two seasons as manager. The Brewers' win percentage decreased in each of Macha's two seasons, finishing below .500 both years. It's Milwaukee's first back-to-back losing seasons since a string of 12 straight ended in 2004.

Macha won 90 games three times in four seasons as manager of the Oakland Athletics, including two AL West crowns. He had a .568 win percentage in Oakland and never finished lower than second, but finished third twice in two years with the Brewers, finishing 10 games under .500.

• And the Pittsburgh Pirates have fired Manager John Russell after three disappointing seasons. Russell took over a team that went 68-94 in 2007 -- and finished with a worse record in each of his three campaigns.

The Pirates bottomed out with 105 losses this season, their most in a season since 1952. And their .352 win percentage was their worst since 1954. The Bucs have now lost 90 or more games in six straight seasons, the first time they've done that since the six seasons from 1950-1955.

FROM ELIAS: The Pirates finished the season with both the fewest runs scored and the most runs allowed of any National League team. They are the first team to be tagged with that distinction in either league since 1988, when both the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles did it.

And this season, the Pittsburgh finished 17-64 on the road -- the 64 road losses are one shy of MLB's Modern Era record (since 1900), held by the 1935 Boston Braves. (The all-time record belongs to the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, who went 11-101 on the road and stopped playing home games.)