On Thursday, the New York Mets fired manager Mickey Callaway after two seasons. The team’s play was mediocre at best, as they compiled a 163-161 record under the manager.
In the eyes of the Mets front office, the change suggests the coaches are holding the manager accountable, and that his tenure led to the team under-performing in recent years. The team has certainly regressed since their World Series loss in 2015. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said, “A decision like this is never easy, however, we believe it is in the best interest of the franchise at this time,” in a statement released by the team.
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Mets will be looking to replace Callaway with an experienced manager. Ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi and recently-fired Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon are presumed to be “high on the list”.
Callaway is a current holdover from a previous Mets front office regime, and expectations are high for the new group after adding high-priced free agents and acquiring talented players through trades during the last offseason that include Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, Jed Lowrie and Wilson Ramos. Whoever Van Wagenen hires to replace Callaway will be watched closely, as the franchise seems to be focused on winning now.
Van Wagenen also added, ” We want to thank Mickey for his consistent work ethic and dedication over the last two seasons and I’m certain these characteristics will serve him well in his next opportunity.”
If the next managerial hire doesn’t pan out for Van Wagenen, the exec may get one more shot before ownership decides to move in a different direction. Yes, he has proven he can acquire the talent necessary to compete. However, it remains uncertain whether or not he has the chops to find the right manager to lead New York’s “other” baseball franchise to a World Series victory.
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