The team’s hot play in the second half of the season couldn’t save Mickey Callaway’s job. Today the Mets announced that they had fired the skipper that led the club the past two seasons. A search will get underway immediately.
Without a playoff berth, it was unlikely that Callaway was going to return for his third season. After all, he had been hired by the previous management regime. No doubt Brodie Van Wagenen wanted to put his own guy in charge. It will be curious to see who emerges with the job next.
Last time, the Mets opted for a first-time manager and a former pitching coach. It’s unlikely the next hire will be either of those things. It should be interesting to see if it’s an old pro, like Dusty Baker or Buck Showalter, or if Van Wagenen opts for a younger guy with previous management experience.
With guys like Terry Francona and AJ Hinch, we’ve seen managers find success in their second go-round leading a team. A guy like Robin Ventura, with his time spent as a player in New York and his previous managerial experience with the White Sox, might be a good fit.
Perhaps no one but me will find this interesting but Callaway gets the ax despite acing all of the “intangibles” stuff. He kept the clubhouse together, his team didn’t quit on him and he earned praise from players and management alike for these skills. But his terrible in-game decisions were too much to sweep under the rug.