Randolph Will Be Back With The Mets

Despite a late-season collapse of record proportions, the Mets plan to bring manager Willie Randolph back for the 2008 campaign.

General manager Omar Minaya's announcement ends speculation that Randolph might be fired despite signing a contract extension before this season.

New York went 5-and-12 down the stretch, squandering its big lead in the National League East and failing to claim a wild-card berth.

The Mets are the first major league team that has failed to finish in first place after owning a lead of seven games or more with 17 remaining. New York, which led by seven games on September 12th, also matched the largest lead blown in September.