MANAGERS

New York Mets managers through the years

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.

NEW YORK METS MANAGERS
Name Years G Wins Losses Pct.
Casey Stengel 1962-1965 582 175 404 .302
Wes Westrum 1965-1967 380 142 237 .375
Salty Parker 1967 11 4 7 .364
Gil Hodges 1968-1971 649 339 309 .523
Yogi Berra 1972-1975 588 292 296 .497
Roy McMillan 1975 53 26 27 .491
Joe Frazier 1976-1977 207 101 106 .488
Joe Torre 1977-1981 709 286 420 .405
George Bamberger 1982-1983 208 81 127 .389
Frank Howard 1983 116 52 64 .448
Davey Johnson 1984-1990 1012 595 417 .588
Bud Harrelson 1990-1991 274 145 129 .529
Mike Cubbage 1991 7 3 4 .429
Jeff Torborg 1992-1993 200 85 115 .425
Dallas Green 1993-1996 512 229 283 .447
Bobby Valentine 1996-2002 1003 536 467 .534
Art Howe 2003-2004 323 137 186 .424
Willie Randolph 2005-2008 555 302 253 .544
Jerry Manuel 2008-2010 417 204 213 .489
Terry Collins 2011-present 972 481 491 .495
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