New York Mets: Eduardo Perez vs Tim Bogar

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Reports suggest the New York Mets are leaning towards hiring Eduardo Perez as their next manager. Other reports say the search is not quite complete. Tim Bogar is still high up on the totem pole of potential managers.

Rumors state Perez could have the job within the next couple of days. Half the teams who were searching for new managers have already made their hirings. It has featured an interesting mix of experienced and brand new managers. The biggest issue surrounding the future Mets manager is the unknown amount of power they will receive.

Mickey Callaway Finds a Job

Former Mets manager Mickey Callaway has moved on to the Angels as their new pitching coach under new manager Joe Maddon. Callaway came into the Mets organization as a “pitching guru” but it never quite showed through his two years in Queens. Callaway played two seasons in LA when Maddon was their bench coach and should be able to help out a weak Angels pitching staff.

The new Mets manager will have an interesting relationship with Brodie Van Wagenen and Jeff Wilpon, much like Callaway. Since Terry Collins was replaced, we have seen their increased involvement in every aspect of the team. This led to Callaway garnering criticism he may not have deserved.

The one thing Van Wagenen and Wilpon will not have any input in is the clubhouse atmosphere. Perez is known for his great character throughout baseball. He has a very extensive background in the game and is one of the best baseball personalities the Mets could interview.

The on field decisions is a different discussion. Perez certainly has the knowledge to manage, but will the front office trust him enough to leave him alone?

 

New York Mets: Jeff Wilpon’s Power Struggle

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Stop me if you have heard this one before…Jeff Wilpon wants full control over the New York Mets decisions. The COO of the organization looks to hire a manager who falls in line. Instead their aim should be a manager who will do things their own way.

This does not rule out the possible hiring of Joe Girardi or Buck Showalter, which is why they are still receiving interviews. Both managers are guys who want to run the team their own way and leave the front office out of their decision making. This was part of the reason why the Yankees let Girardi go because they wanted someone who would know their place in the organization.

First Year Managers Only?

It is hard to think any veteran manager will simply fall in line with what Wilpon/Brodie Van Wagenen want. Much like Mickey Callaway they will take a chance on a manager without any experience who will follow what he is told. If this is the case, expect another year(s) of futility from the Mets.

This has been the issue since the Wilpons took control of the Mets. Everything has to be done their way and no World Series championships in the last 33 years should show that this is not working. Jeff and Fred Wilpon never worked in baseball outside of owning the team and their baseball opinions are just as good as someone you find on the street. They are single handedly killing their own franchise and their idea that they know best will continue to hold back the franchise.

As the list of candidates settle, the manager who will not be a “yes man” deserves the job. Girardi/Showalter and a potential future hall of famer in Carlos Beltran do not fit that mold. The selected manager will be very telling of what the future of the team will be.

New York Mets: Mickey Callaway Has Been Fired

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Our long national nightmare is over! The Mets have fired manager Mickey Callaway after two seasons as manager. Callaway was 163-161 with the Mets and was known for his positivity which masked his questionable in game decisions. The last two seasons were marked in disappointment and ignorance which led to the much needed change.

The Mets fired Callaway along with bench coach Jim Riggleman. Callaway still had one year to go on his deal, but it seemed like the walls were caving in on him all season. The first half of the season was a disaster and there were calls for him to be fired in mid-May. The Mets suffered some of the most grueling losses of the season and limped to a 40-50 record at the All-Star break.

Locker Room Commotion

On camera, Callaway was known for his unwavering confidence. After a brutal loss against the Cubs, Callaway uncharacteristically got in the face of reporter Tim Healey after Healey said “see you tomorrow, Mickey.” He told Healey not to be a “smart ass” and then it escalated to a point where Jason Vargas threatened to fight Healey.

That day signified how bad of a tailspin the Mets were in. Callaway seemed lost on handling his bullpen and there were reports of him being controlled like a puppet by Van Wagenen. Despite all of that, his players still fought for him and tried to dig the team out of the deep hole they were in.

Second Half Resurgence

The Mets never felt they were dead and buried. They were 46-26 during the second half and got as close as one game away from a playoff spot. It was too big of a deficit for the Mets to climb out of and they ended up just missing out on the postseason. The renewed confidence had somehow given a new life to the idea of Callaway returning for the 2020 season.

In the end, it seemed like a no brainer to move away from Callaway. He made multiple rookie mistakes over his two seasons at the helm. At times he was over matched and out managed. The best move is to wipe the slate clean, because there is plenty of talent on the roster going into 2020.

What is the next step now? New York is a huge market and the Mets will have high expectations going into 2020. Joe Girardi seems like the easy move, but the Mets are not willing to overpay for a manager. Carlos Beltran and Joe Espada have also emerged on what will likely be a long list of managerial candidates.

Callaway was a hold over from the Sandy Alderson regime. If Van Wagenen picks the wrong guy, it could be the only opportunity he has to hire a manager. For the sake of his future, Brodie should go with the safe option instead of aiming for a home run.

New York Mets: Mickey Callaway Held Out of Organizational Meeting

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Let the offseason rumors commence! The Mets have not announced a lot of information about their organizational meeting, other than the fact that it is this week. The other big chunk of news is that current manager, Mickey Callaway, will not be in attendance. This could speak volumes about what the future of Callaway looks like.

Excluding Callaway from the meeting will allow each member to speak their mind about his future. This does not necessarily mean Callaway will be fired, but it certainly is not a good sign for his future.

Player’s Manager

Throughout the ups and downs of the season, the players always stood up for Callaway. He had their back in return. Callaway always looked out for his players and brought a positive mindset throughout every situation. Sometimes, we wanted to see a little more fire out of him, but his positivity was one of the strongest parts of his managing. It is why the Mets had a “never say die” mentality and continued to play hard every night.

Where the questions come is with Callaway’s decision making. But seriously, who even knows if a majority of the decisions are his. There have been so many reports about the in game decisions and lineups coming from upstairs. In the end, Callaway ends up being the scape goat.

Has there been plenty of questionable moves? Yes and unless we hear otherwise, the blame has to be put on Callaway.

If the Mets decide to keep him, we will probably see more of what we saw this season. We can give Callaway the benefit of the doubt when it comes to decisions like Edwin Diaz. The Mets kept sending him out to close, when he clearly was no where near his best. Callaway and Phil Regan are experience pitching coaches who would have likely moved Seth Lugo to the closer role much earlier in the season.

Who Are The Replacements?

The replacement of Callaway will have a lot to say about the direction the Mets are heading in. If they hire a hands on manager like Joe Girardi or Joe Maddon, then the reigns of the team will be left to them. Either of those two World Series winnings managers are not going to take in game orders from an agent turned GM.

One of the other interesting variables is to see if anyone will put up with moves coming down from the front office. The top tier managers will not, but someone in Callaway’s situation may put up with it just to have their first managerial job.

The Preferred Pick

If the players love playing for Callaway, they will love playing for Girardi. He has a winning pedigree from his one season in Florida and his years with the Yankees. Girardi found ways to win with below average Yankees teams and he is itching to get back in uniform. It would be a perfect marriage to pair him with the young, growing team in New York.

Callaway’s managerial record is 163-161 through two seasons, compared to 988-794 in Girardi’s 11 seasons. Girardi has a 28-24 record in the postseason, with a 73.4% successful challenge rate compared to no postseason experience and 43.1% from Callaway. The only active manager close to Girardi on challenges is Aaron Boone, who also manages the Yankees. Girardi seems like the no brainer over Callaway.

New York Mets: A Bittersweet Victory

The Mets came into Wednesday night’s game needing the impossible to happen to keep their season alive. In a blowout victory, headlined by a masterful Jacob deGrom and an offensive onslaught that was overshadowed by the Mets being eliminated from playoff contention.

Jacob deGrom sealed his lock for the NL Cy Young award with his seven shutout innings. He struck out seven and only allowed three baserunners. deGrom finished his season with 23 consecutive scoreless innings and a 2.43 ERA. His last two months of the season have pushed him up the ranks as Hyun-Jin Ryu has not pitched nearly as well as he did early in the season.

Alonso Moves Closer

Pete Alonso blasted a 437-foot home deep in to the left-center field bleachers for his 51st home run. The home run moved him just one behind Aaron Judge for the most by a rookie. Alonso will now have four games to tie and potentially break the rookie home run record. The pitchers he will face though are no pushovers. Alonso will face Jordan Yamamoto, Dallas Keuchel, Mike Foltynewicz and Mike Soroka.

The Mets piled on 10 runs against the Marlins staff, but they lost Jeff McNeil for the rest of the season. He was hit in his wrist with a pitch and it resulted in the wrist being fractured. Despite the season coming to an end, the Mets certainly would have wanted to keep McNeil healthy through the end. In the two prior seasons they have suffered big injuries at the end of the year. Michael Conforto in 2017 and Brandon Nimmo in 2018.

Unfortunately, the Mets were eliminated from postseason contention after the Brewers won. The Mets magnificent second half should not go over looked. Coming out of the All-Star break we all knew the Mets needed a miracle to get back in the race. They went 36-20 in the second half and showed they are able to contend with the top teams in baseball. In 2020, they have to show they can play well from game 1 through game 162.

What Does The Future Look Like?

The Mets finally have a young core that will be in place next season. With the exception of Zack Wheeler, their entire starting rotation is under contract next season. If the Mets can solidify their bullpen, they will put themselves in a prime opportunity to contend for a division crown. Resigning Wheeler also would not hurt either.

The biggest questions lies in management. Mickey Callaway helped lead this team out of the gutter, but he was part of the reason why they played poorly. Callaway wants to stay, but in the end Brodie Van Wagenen will decide if he gets the boot.

New York Mets: Mickey Callaway Rumored to be Let Go After the Season

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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.

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.

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.

New York Mets: Another Day, Another Questionable Mickey Callaway Decision

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Mets manager Mickey Callaway making a boneheaded decision is as natural as the sky being blue and grass being green. During Sunday’s 10-7 loss against the Phillies, Callaway once against caused Mets fans to scratch their heads. Callaway should not be expected to be perfect all the time, but he at least has to make decisions with some sense behind it.

Pulling Thor Early

After Noah Syndergaard gave up four runs over the last three innings he pitched, Callaway pulled him from the game. He only had 78 pitches thrown and could have gotten the Mets through the sixth to leave it up to Justin Wilson and Seth Lugo to get the final nine outs. Instead, Callaway turned to Paul Sewald and Luis Avilan who allowed the Phillies to score three times in the sixth to take the lead. Even a fatigued Syndergaard was a much better option than Sewald and Avilan at this point of the season.

Callaway then replaced Justin Wilson with Tyler Bashlor after Wilson had 30 pitches in the seventh. Bashlor allowed a walk then a double to the Mets killer Maikel Franco before Callaway make his biggest head scratching move of the game.

Lack of Understanding From Callaway

Andrew Knapp was due up with runners on second and third while the score was 9-6. The pitchers spot was on deck and Bryce Harper was around the bat rack in the Phillies dugout. Callaway decided to walk Knapp to get to Harper who ended up being walked to bring in a run. Whether Harper was available or not, there was no reason to walk a guy who is hitting under .200 over the last two seasons.

Callaway tried to come up with an excuse for why he decided to walk Knapp, but there simply is not one. He assumed Harper was not available and did not have the confidence to get out a .190 hitter. When he could have made the same move to walk Billy Hamilton to get to an actual pitcher during their extra inning loss against the Braves, he pitched to Hamilton who won the game for the Braves.

His days as a manager are hopefully coming to an end along with his chances to make hypocritical decisions day in and day out. If Callaway was consistent in his decision making, he would survive in New York, but he is too unaware as a manager to keep his job with the Mets.

 

New York Mets: The 7-run Ninth Inning In Washington

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Tuesday night’s collapse against the Nationals left Mets fans speechless and it was the final dagger put through what was a disappointing season. It felt like a collapse was incoming, but I did not believe it was actually going to happen.

How Did It Start?

The bullpen was garbage once Seth Lugo left the game. The Mets padded the lead to 10-4 in the top of the ninth, but it was not enough for the bullpen. Bringing in Paul Sewald was move that is hard argue with. A six run lead should have been plenty to protect for him, but he had absolutely nothing on the mound. He only managed to get one out and Luis Avilan needed to pitch.

Avilan is where it went down hill, in terms of Mickey Callaway’s decision making. He was going to face Juan Soto and Matt Adams, the two lefties. Which was good move if Justin Wilson was already used and the Nats were out of right handed hitters. There was no chance Adams was facing a lefty whether Avilan retired Soto or not, especially with Ryan Zimmerman on the bench. Wilson should have been in the game because he can get hitters from both sides of the plate out and has been the team’s second best reliever.

Disappointing Diaz

The entire 2019 season has been a nightmare for Edwin Diaz. He has been in the middle of the worst losses the Mets all season. When he seemed like he was back, he proved it was just a fluke. Diaz came in and allowed Zimmerman to double and then Kurt Suzuki to win it with a three-run walk off home run.

We will get to why Diaz should not have entered the game later on, but lets dissect the Suzuki at-bat. Diaz got ahead with a nasty slider which has become his best pitch again. He followed up with another great slider that just missed away, then one in the dirt. After that one he had no choice but to throw a fastball and missed inside with that one. Diaz threw his best slider with the 3-1 pitch and Suzuki swing right over it.

Going with the 100mph fastball was a good move, especially when it was up in the zone. He had a good swing at that one along with the next one which was a borderline pitch. It was not fooling him and it seemed a slider would be the correct selection based on how the others were thrown in the at-bat. Diaz decided to try to come at him with the 100 mph heat and Suzuki yanked it over the left field fence to in the game. It is understandable to not put the winning run on base, but it would be better to have Eaton hit with the bases loaded against Wilson instead of throwing a fastball that Diaz was not spotting well.

Thankfully Mickey Callaway Will Be Gone Next Season

Diaz should not have been in the high leverage in the season. He had looked so much better lately, but still was not ready for a big moment. Regardless of the name and their past, Justin Wilson is a better pitcher than Edwin Diaz right now. It is not a tough concept to understand especially for someone who was a pitching coach like Callaway. Wilson should have been in the game when Avilan entered and at that point they would have had to live and die with Wilson.

It is tough to see Diaz playing with the Mets in 2020 and they would be better served to avoid using him again this season. They are still in the Wild Card race but it is hard to see them bouncing back from this loss. If Diaz was an average reliever this season, we would be talking about the Mets holding onto one of the Wild Card spots.

New York Mets: Mickey Callaway Shows His Lack of Knowledge Again

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The Mets suffered a grueling 2-1 loss in 14 innings against the Braves after a dominant start from Jacob deGrom. They had plenty of chances to win the game but failed to get a clutch hit. Those type of games will happen in a long season, but the horrible decision making of Mickey Callaway is inexcusable in late August.

Deciding to Pitch to a Hitter Instead of a Pitcher

The decision to bring in Jeurys Familia for a third straight day over Chris Flexen is a reasonable one. Flexen has been dreadful at the big league level and Familia could not do worse than him. He struggled with his control but still found his way out of the inning with only one run allowed, which could have been prevented if Callaway had an idea of how to manage a game.

It was a great move to challenge Adeiny Hechavarria’s RBI triple, which ended up taking away the Braves run. With second and third with none out, the Mets had to pitch to the seven hitter Rafael Ortega. Familia did a terrific job of striking him out to get to Billy Hamilton with the pitcher on deck since the Braves were out of bench players.

Why Even Mess With Hamilton?

It would be a no doubt intentional walk situation to load the bases for the pitcher. The middle infielders can attempt to turn two up the middle and the corners can come home for the force, if Max Fried did not strikeout. Callaway decided to pitch to Hamilton with a drawn in infield. His whole career is based around him slashing ground balls and he did exactly that to give them the lead.

The only possible reason to pitch to Hamilton was the hope they could get him and Fried out to avoid facing Ronald Acuna Jr., but that is an unwarranted aggressive move. If the play backfires like it did, now you more than likely will give Acuna a chance to widen the Braves lead. Thankfully they got Acuna out, but anyone would much rather face Acuna with the bases loaded and two outs.

Mickey Will Be Gone Next Season

It is unbelievable that someone with the lack of knowledge that Callaway has, is allowed to manage a Major League Baseball team. He has shown countless times that he is a fool and does not have a grasp of how to manage. Callaway covers up his stupidity with his positive speeches after games to avoid giving a real answer. Thankfully, no matter how successful the Mets are this season Mickey Callaway will be out of a job one the season ends. Unfortunately he will be the only thing that can stop the Mets from a wild card birth.

New York Mets: Mickey Callaway’s Mismanagement of the Pitching Staff

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There comes a time in a manager’s career where it is better to simply do nothing instead of over manage. Mets manager Mickey Callaway did not get that memo when he pulled Steven Matz out of the game with only 79 pitches after letting him hit for himself.

Callaway’s trademark is his extremely questionable moves during his tenure as manager. Throughout the Mets hot streak he did not make many tough decisions as the starting pitching went deep into games, making it automatic to use Seth Lugo. Callaway did not even have a tough decision to make with Matz. He could have fell asleep and done nothing, which he should think about doing more often.

100 Times Out of 100?

Callaway’s defense of his move is the same idiotic thinking that will push him out of a job next season. Matz cruised through 14 straight batters prior to his departure. He even started the two out rally which gave the Mets a 2-1 lead at the time. Allowing Matz to hit when they were down one was a good move. Partly because he had settled in nicely and partly because he is a better hitter than anyone on the Mets bench.

Callaway was also unprepared heading into the seventh inning. He should have warmed up Lugo before the rally even started, if he had ideas of bringing him in. He waited until Pete Alonso, who was the last hitter of the inning, came up to hit. Callaway has been very hypocritical throughout his time in New York and proved it once again. He claimed he wanted his “best pitchers to carry us” then only needed a week to prove he lied.

Remember the “Pitching Guru”?

To Callaway, it made sense to push Marcus Stroman to 115 pitches in 6+ innings when he did not need to, but not to stick with the 79-pitch Matz. Even if everything worked out, Callaway did not have a real plan following Lugo. Granted, Lugo has been one of the best relievers in baseball over the last month, but most of that happened because they did not overuse him.

Was Edwin Diaz actually expected to close out a potential one run lead against the Atlanta Braves? If that was the case, Callaway should never be allowed to manage again. You do not need to be Gil Hodges to figure out what the best move was.

Making Matters Worse

Once it was clear Lugo was no where near his best, Callaway decided to leave him out there long enough where he becomes unavailable for Thursday’s game. Then he used Jeurys Familia for the bottom of the eighth, which likely made him unavailable for Thursday since he threw in back to back days.

Familia did keep the Mets in the game but now they have to rely on the combo of Brad Brach and Edwin Diaz to close out a win. The Mets have the talent on their team to make a deep playoff run, but it is a shame their manager is not fit to run a little league team.