It’s Saturday night and everything appears calm, but it’s not. The storm brewing around the New York Mets is beginning to gain momentum as the losses mount. The pressure is palpable.
Neither the old owners nor the new GM (are) going anywhere. If the time came to try to defibrillate the clubhouse or change the narrative or provide a human shield for those most responsible, Callaway was being set up to be the fall guy this year after Sandy Alderson was last year, as Terry Collins was the year before, and so on and so on in the Mets’ relentless blame game.
And let’s face it, the time is approaching. Fast. And what feels inevitably. Callaway is managing Sunday against the Marlins. No one at this point should comfortably bet on Monday at Citi Field.
But before Mickey Callaway officially becomes the sacrificial lamb for all that ails the Mets, I would love to ask a few questions; they are questions I do not intend to ever get answers to, but I would be remiss if I didn’t give the man a fair trial. Truth be told, he hasn’t received his due from those who cover the Mets.
- What was said in that notorious meeting between Callaway, Brodie Van Wagenen and Jeff Wilpon? The meeting was confirmed by the New York Daily News, New York Post and SNY. The team’s beat writers asked about the meeting and moved on after receiving a generic response. Why?
- If the decision-making process is “collaborative,” is the responsibility for success and failure also “collaborative?” If yes, what is the justification to fire only Callaway?
- Is the Mets failure to perform (win) on the field directly related to the manager’s decision-making?
- Does the “collaborative” team of decision-makers believe the team will win with the current roster?
- How would you grade the Mets talent at this point in the season?
- Are the Mets built to win now?
- Is Jeff Wilpon available to speak on the record and discuss the decision-making process for the 25-man roster?
Jeff Wilpon joined the @Mets front office in August 2002. From 2003-2018, the Mets have compiled 10 losing seasons and an overall record during the stretch of 1,271 wins and 1,320 losses (.490). The team has made three post-season appearances, one WS and zero championships. pic.twitter.com/slFz1Pwxy5
— John Strubel (@johnstrubel) May 17, 2019