Mickey Callaway and hidden messages

Everybody knows that the expectations of New York sports fans and media are skewed. New Yorkers are generally a passionate bunch, especially those of the Mets who have endured the wave of optimism and disappointment throughout the years. Along with this passion comes a keen sense of failure due to years of experience. Met fans started to capitalize on this sense and perked up with concerns around their manager’s abilities, leadership and communication early in the 2018 season. Long gone is the 11-1 start to his career where every move seemed to click into place masterfully. These days the tabloids are littered with contradictions and deflections by the New York manager. Amidst all of the unfortunate ‘distraction’ storylines it’s difficult to read between the lines of what Mickey Callaway is really trying to say. Herein is an educated assessment of Callaway’s hidden message amongst his more recent quotes.

Re: The team’s record after moving into fourth place in the division.

“Our record is what our record is. We’re concerned” – Mickey Callaway

What Callaway meant to say was “Our players are who are players are. We’re concerned that they’re just not all very good.

Re: Jeurys Familia after a poor outing.

“[Familia’s] still the guy — he’s the guy that has to have success there.”

What Callaway meant to say was “We’re going to exhaust as many scapegoats as we can this season.”

Re: Dominic Smith batting leadoff against Cardinal pitcher Dakota Hudson.

“He’s one of our best guys against this pitcher.” (Dom Smith had never faced Hudson before)

What Callaway meant to say was “He’s one of our best guys against this pitcher.” (I truly believe that Callaway believes that he’s correct here.)

Re: Robinson Cano hitting in the third spot of the lineup

“At some point we have to get him going”

What Callaway meant to say was “At some point he will hit a home run and we’ll see who’s laughing then.”

Re: Utilization of Edwin Diaz and if he would consider changing that plan

“Absolutely not, we have a very good plan, we know what we are doing and we’re going to stick to it.”

What Callaway mean to say was “We never prepared Edwin for the possibility of an extended role beyond a traditional closer, and therefore he’s not ready to assume such responsibilities.”

Re: A speculated message from Brodie VanWagenen ordering Callaway to remove deGrom from a game

“I think that we got information from all parties and we made the decision to take care of our ace pitcher that’s going to be here for a long time. We all thought it was prudent at that point.”

What Callaway meant to say was “Brodie texted me to take him out of the game and I’m going to listen to my boss every step of the way. Didn’t you hear that Kevin Durant is coming to town? I’ve got to stick this New York thing out at least one more year.”

The jokes at Callaway’s expense aside, it’s not difficult to pinpoint specific instances of utter confusion, mismanagement and more recently anger during his professional arc. At this stage it’s not a matter of ‘if’ as it is a matter of ‘when’ he will be fired. Callaway is a legacy employee from the Alderson era and the Mets General Manager would be wise to name him a scapegoat of his own by jettisoning him out of town. By removing Callaway from the equation, perhaps it will provide a fresh perspective amongst the players and a newfound sense of purpose.

The Mets should even consider bringing in someone from within the organization to temporarily fill the role. It just so happens that they have a clubhouse presence and respected voice in David Wright on the payroll already. Who better to inspire confidence and act as a calming presence to the media, fans and players? Wright can execute BVW’s hidden agendas the rest of the season, with seasoned manager Jim Riggleman providing supplemental support along the way. With the expectation that Wright’s responsibilities are concluded at the end of the season, this will allow the front office to start a proper search for their next fearless leader, and hopefully someone who knows how to execute a plan.

9 comments for “Mickey Callaway and hidden messages

  1. NYM6986
    June 26, 2019 at 10:20 am

    What a great post. Thanks.

  2. Mike Walczak
    June 26, 2019 at 10:58 am

    The Mets need help. Can start with new manager, who can motivate them and fire them up. Please, lets get an experienced big league manager. Even Riggleman as interim for the rest of the year would be better.

    No pitching depth. poor defense, too many AAA players on the roster. Poor signings. Cespedes bone spurs and ankle. Lowrie not showing up. It all adds up.

    • BVac
      June 26, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      Feels like we’ve been facing similar problems since 2016

      • Chris F
        June 26, 2019 at 11:10 pm

        Pretty much since the Alderson era. every year its the same hog wash about “our year” and every year its the same thing…we all believe it, and never learn from it.

        This team is not good. Period. And there is literally no way out on the path this team is on.

        Charlie Brown meet Lucy.

    • Chris B
      June 27, 2019 at 12:45 am

      Mike I think the issues run a bit more high level than the manager. Systemically not everything works or makes sense. From PR, to analytics to minor league management to media relations to player development. We don’t know a lot of what’s going on behind the scenes. And supposedly there are new guys and gals who have been hired who specialize in this sort of ‘baseball operations’ realm. We’ve seen change in their drafting this year, three big talents aquired.

      This season could the false start of something good, or it could be a slip into a faceplant.

  3. Bugsy
    June 26, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    here’s one for you:
    When brodie vw says
    “Mickey’s our manager for the foreseeable future”
    What he means is
    “Are you kidding? If he’s out of the line of fire, i’m held accountable.
    He isn’t going anywhere”

  4. MattyMets
    June 26, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Real nice post, Chris. Sometimes, as Mets fans, all we have left is a sense of humor. Aside from the many other issues, we have a bullpen that is not capable of getting anyone out or holding even a four run lead and this is going on for a month like some sort of epidemic.

    • Chris B
      June 27, 2019 at 12:49 am

      Thanks Matty! Here’s another quote from today.

      Mickey said: “We were so far back last year, and then we had the best record in the National League the second half. I’m not saying that’s OK, but we worked. We continued to work. We’ll always do that.”

      The Mets had the sixth-best record in the National League in the second half of last season. They tied for the best record in the NL East. There is literally no sample size through the end of the season in which the Mets had the NL’s best record – Tim Britton

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: