Freelance Journalist

DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHO MANAGES THE METS?

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Mickey Callaway is still officially the manager of the New York Mets, but that hasn’t stopped the media and fans from recommending his replacement.

Jim Riggleman was named the team’s bench coach last winter. He already has one foot in the door, knows the players and, most importantly, the expectations of those who would be his co-collaborators.

Riggleman is a baseball man. He has 13 years of major league managerial experience with five different teams (San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds). He has only two winnings seasons. He compiled a 90-73 record with the 1998 Cubs and 38-37 with the 2011 Nationals. He has made a career out of being a stopgap for many teams.

There is also another name waiting in the wings: Terry Collins. He managed the Mets for seven years (2011-2017), five losing seasons, one World Series appearance and one Wild Card. Collins knows New York, its owners and their long list of foibles.

Then, there is the wild card (Wally Backman) and the outsider (Joe Girardi).

Despite his ties to Mets history, Backman will never manage in Flushing. His reputation precedes him; his unpredictable disposition terrifies management.

Girardi seems like a comfortable fit. He managed the team in The Bronx for 10 years — and won. He never had a losing season with the Yankees. He won three division titles and a World Series in 2009.

On Friday he was asked by Yahoo! Sports if he wanted to manage again. Girardi responded:

“I love it because I love the strategy of the game and trying to put players in the best situation to be successful and instilling confidence in them … and always having their back and building that trust with players. That’s really enjoyable to me.”

Was he sending a message? Did the Mets hear him? Were they even listen, or interested? Then again, as long as Jeff Wilpon is COO, does it really matter who manages the Mets?

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John Strubel

Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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Freelance Journalist

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Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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