The Mets playoff hopes will be determined through these last handful of games and the future of Mickey Callaway is in his team’s hands. The Mets manager still has another year left in his contract, but his first two years have shown no reason to bring him back.
Watching Mickey Callaway manage in meaningful games should come with a Surgeon General’s warning. #Mets
— Mike Vaccaro (@MikeVacc) September 18, 2019
The organization has been rumored to use these last few games to make their final decision on Callaway’s future. If it is taking this long to figure it out, they have bigger issues than just the manager. Even if the Mets make it to the postseason, there is no guarantee he keeps his job for 2019. During Callaway’s first two seasons, expectations have been extremely high, but not met.
Is All The Blame on Mickey?
GM Brodie Van Wagenen brought in Edwin Diaz, Jed Lowrie and Jeurys Famila who have not produced at all. Robinson Cano also did not get things going until the last couple months of the season. This has played into the Mets failures this season, but this does not lift the blame off of Callaway’s shoulders. It only puts a little padding under it.
Mickey Callaway has Wilson Ramos on the bench, along with JD Davis. He chose to stick with René Rivera with the bases loaded, 2 out in the 6th, down a run. It didnt work out.
I would not have chosen that path. Nor would many of you, I assume. #Mets
— Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) September 18, 2019
The only consistent thing about his tenure as a Mets has been his inconsistent decision making. He will say things that he wants to implement and end up doing the opposite. Who knows who actually makes the in game decisions, but either way the finger is pointed at Callaway after each bad move.
Does He Stay?
The decision is a lot tougher than it seems for the Mets. The players and management seem to love playing for Callaway. His energetic and unwavering optimism is a trait very few managers have. It could be what gives him an opportunity to live out the final year of his contract.
In the end, his decision making is putrid and he needed experience managing at the minor league levels before earning an MLB job. The last handful of games he manages this season should be the final ones he manages as a Met.