Rocky road trip leads to tough questions

HoJo understands the curiosity over coaching staff's security is inevitable

Updated: July 23, 2010, 2:01 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

LOS ANGELES -- The chatter about New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel's job security had reached a high-enough pitch that GM Omar Minaya offered an unequivocal vote of confidence before Thursday's series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"He's our manager, and I see him being our manager," Minaya said.

But on a day the Philadelphia Phillies fired their hitting coach, Milt Thompson, who presided over back-to-back pennant winners, Mets hitting coach Howard Johnson understands curiosity ...

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