Art Howe knows that he might not be managing the New York Mets much longer. He just wishes someone would tell him for sure.
With their manager’s future up in the air, the Mets continue their five-game series with the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium.
The New York Daily News reported Monday that during a meeting of club executives last Friday owner Fred Wilpon was persuaded to fire Howe at the end of the season. After repeatedly declining to comment for television cameras, Howe came back to the subject on his own and said that if the team was planning to let him go, he’d rather be fired now.
“Why put me through this?” he said. “I’d rather have it happen now. There’s no sense in waiting.”
General manager Jim Duquette said no decision had been made, but was vague about Howe’s future with the team. The Mets, whose $101 million opening day payroll is the fourth-highest in baseball, have lost 20 of 23 and are 18-41 since July 9.
New York split a doubleheader with the Braves on Monday, winning the first game 9-7 and dropping the second 7-1.
Wilson Delgado, Richard Hidalgo and Mike Piazza homered in the first game for the Mets, who came back from a three-run deficit. Mike Cameron hit his first leadoff homer since May 9, 2000 in the nightcap fFor New York, which is just 2 1/2 games ahead of last-place Montreal in the NL East.