After two years, Mickey Callaway was relieved of his duties managing the New York Mets.
It’s the right course of action for the ballclub.
Mickey Callaway is a likable guy. I enjoyed chatting with him on WFAN throughout the summer, and he did do a solid job of keeping the Mets together when they easily could have quit on the year after the all-star break.
The Mets played hard for Mickey Callaway, and he deserves credit for that.
That said, can the Mets do better than Mickey Callaway? The answer is a resounding yes. The in-game managerial mistakes did not change much over Callaway’s two seasons.
It should be an offseason where the Mets as a franchise look to get to the next level.
Would they get to that next level with Callaway at the helm? My answer would be no.
When it comes to hiring the next manager of this franchise, the Mets must go down a simple path: the next manager of this team needs to have winning experience.
If this is a team that is going to take the next step, I wouldn’t want to risk hiring a manager who has never done the job and potentially fall into the same trap as Mickey Callaway.
There are two names on the market who would provide instant credibility: Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter.
They know the market, they know how to win, and they would be the sort of difference-making manager that would help the Mets go further next year.
The Mets won 87 games in 2019, but still have plenty of work to do. Hiring the right manager is the first place to start.
Don’t get cute, get a winner. Your move Brodie.
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