The New York Mets have had 20 team managers since their inception in 1962.
The incomparable Casey Stengel led the Mets during its so-called “lovable losers” days. Stengel managed 582 games (175 wins, 404 losses) and holds the dubious franchise record of the lowest winning percentage as a manager (.302).
Willie Randolph holds the Mets mark for highest winning percentage (.544), compiling a 302-253 record during his three-and-one-half year stint with the team. It should be noted that nine of the 20 managers also played for the Mets during their career. That list includes: Gil Hodges (1962-63), Yogi Berra (1965), Roy McMillan (1964-66), Joe Torre (1975-1977), Bud Harrelson (1965-1977), Dallas Green (1966), Mike Cubbage (1981), Bobby Valentine (1977-1978) and, most recently, Randolph (1992).
Johnson edged out Valentine for the most games managed in a Mets uniform. The former managed 1,012 games before his quick departure in May 1990 and the latter managed 1,003 games before being fired following the 2002 season. Collins, the current Mets manager, will likely pass both in mid-May.
On the other end of the spectrum, Cubbage holds the franchise record for shortest managerial tenure: seven games. He finished the 1991 season after the Mets fired Harrelson in late September.
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