The Mets on Thursday announced the firing of manager Mickey Callaway.
Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement:
“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. A decision like this is never easy, however, we believe it is in the best interest of the franchise at this time.”
This is both a bit surprising and definitely unsurprising. On one hand, the Mets did finish 10 games over .500 and were in the Wild Card hunt until the last week of the season. On the other hand, Van Wagenen inherited Callaway, and it is not unusual for a GM to pick his own man. Oh, and also, Callaway was not a particularly good manager. His moves were questionable, at best. And communication was not his strong point, unless it was to communicate profanities to a reporter just trying to do his job.
So who will be the next Mets manager? A proven winner who will cost the Mets millions of dollars a year? Or a newbie who will be cheap and take commands from the front office? I think we all know the answer.