Mickey Callaway’s tenure as the New York Mets manager is over after just two seasons. The team made it official on October 3rd that Callaway was relieved of his duties. There has been speculation this was coming ever since the beginning of this season when the Mets had a rough start to the 2019 season. The Mets were 40-50 at the All-Star Break, but went on an incredible run in the second half and finished the year 86-76; only four games out of a wild card berth. Callaway’s tenure with the Mets was not as bad as people think. He finished with a 182-181 record with the Mets. The former Indians pitching coach and now Ex-Mets manager will need to find work somewhere else.
So who’s next is the question? Fortunately for the Mets, there are a lot of experienced managers available on the market. As it stands now, seven MLB teams will be on the lookout for a new manager. Joe Maddon, Clint Hurdle, Andy Green, Mickey Callaway, and Brad Ausmus were all fired by their respective teams. While Royals Manager Ned Yost and Giants Manager Bruch Bochy both retired. But probably the biggest name on the Mets radar is Joe Girardi. He was fired in 2017 from the Yankees after managing there for 10 years and winning the 2009 World Series. He is one of the most successful managers in Yankees history. He earned 910 regular-season wins and 28 Postseason wins. Girardi has recently been working on the MLB network. He is expected to get extreme consideration for multiple teams, but the Mets will certainly be aggressive in their pursuit.
Another possible name the Mets may pursue is Buck Showalter. He was fired before the start of the 2019 season from the Baltimore Orioles. Showalter is another manager that will get a lot of attention. Reports have said Manny Machado has been pursuing the Padres to Hire him. Showalter has been managing since 1992 and has 1,551 career wins. He is a three-time Manager of the Year award winner. He would instantly add key knowledge and experience to a younger Mets lineup.
Possibly the top manager on the market is Joe Maddon. He was fired by the Cubs last week after 5 winning seasons. Maddon also brought a World Series trophy to Chicago in 2016. Every team should and is expected to pursue Maddon, but early reports appear that he has his eyes set on the west coast, specifically the Los Angeles Angels. Nevertheless, he should be signed very soon.
Most of the teams that fired their managers are in the rebuild stage. The Mets seem to be close to breaking through the Playoff window and hoping to get back to the big dance for the first time since 2015. Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets will have a big decision ahead of them in the coming days. Whoever gets the job will have high expectations, especially in the cut-throat city of New York.