New York Mets: The Manager Search in Perspective

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The search for the next New York Mets manager seems to be dragging along as each day without them playing goes by. As less and less news continues to come out about the next skipper, how does this search compares to the ones from the past?

When the Mets hired Mickey Callaway the search only lasted three weeks after the season ended. As Callaway proved throughout his time in Queens, the quick move did not pan out. The rest of the final candidates for the job were Kevin Long, Manny Acta and Joe McEwing. Neither have earned manager jobs elsewhere, so we never quite got to see what the Mets missed out on. It is hard to think they would have done worse than Callaway.

Good ol’ TC

The search for the new manager after the 2010 season was more extensive than the one we currently have now. It was an intense seven week hunt, where Wally Backman was actually the top candidate with Bob Melvin and Chip Hale in the background.

Boy, how nice would it be to have Backman manage the Mets…but that is a topic for another day.

The Mets surprised most when they went with Collins. It seemed like a short term move to prepare Backman for the job in a couple of years. Fans and the organization ended up loving Collins and he lasted seven seasons with the Mets, guiding them to the World Series. Bachman ended up growing tired managing in Triple-A/with management and ended up parting ways with the organization.

The Mets hiring of Willie Randolph took about a month, which is about the time it would be should the Mets hire a manager with the next few days. Randolph interviewed in 2002, but the Mets deemed him too inexperienced for the job. Turns out it only took two years to become experienced enough. Randolph was the second most successful manager in Mets history, but never earned another managerial gig after the Mets fired him.