Who should the New York Mets turn to now after Carlos Beltran steps down?

New York Mets, Terry Collins

The Astros sign-stealing scandal has rocked the baseball community in ways we haven’t seen since the steroid era. The reach of this scandal is widespread and has impacted other organizations, including the New York Mets.

As a result of the investigation, the Mets and their newly hired manager, Carlos Beltran, agreed to part ways leaving the Mets with the unenviable task of trying to find a new manager with just 23 days left before pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie.

The questions surrounding this conundrum are plentiful. Do they choose someone from within the organization?

Do they reach out to one of the potential managers they interviewed this past off-season? Do they reach out to a veteran guy like Dusty Baker or Buck Showalter in hopes that their experience can bring a certain level of calm to an otherwise chaotic situation? The reality is, there’s only one man who has both the veteran presence and a familiarity with most of the players on this roster, Terry Collins.

New York Mets: Why Terry Collins is the Man for the Job

Terry Collins is beloved by the Mets fan base, he has the respect and the ear of the players in that locker room, and he’s been with the Mets organization since he was the minor-league field coordinator in 2010. This year will make it an entire decade that Collins has been with the Mets, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a man more qualified for the job at this juncture.

The Mets’ best course of action would be to hire Collins as the manager for the 2020 season. Bringing someone in from the outside with such little time to prepare a spring training program and schedule is not ideal. Having Collins run the show this season and then going into the off-season with a new list of candidates who are far removed from any sign-stealing scandal is the Mets best bet to avoid a lost season.

Whether or not Collins is interested in the job remains to be seen. Still, the fact that he’s the most qualified and would provide the smoothest transition of any potential candidate is indisputable. The Mets may take a different approach and turn to one of their fallback options from this past off-season like Eduardo Perez, who was considered a serious candidate for the job when the Mets were conducting interviews.

With very little information being made public about the Mets thought process, it’s hard to tell what direction they will end up going in, but  Collins seems like the most logical choice given the current situation. Whatever the Mets choose to do, they need to do it fast because the sand in the hourglass is almost all settled.

New York Mets Have Interest in Dusty Baker

The New York Mets manager search is back open after the organization parted ways with Carlos Beltran. One of the candidates drawing a lot of attention is the long-time veteran manager Dusty Baker.

Baker has managed four different franchises and has won everywhere he has gone. His career record is 1863-1636 to go along with 22 years of experience managing along with 19 years spent as a player. If the Mets are looking for expertise from a manager, it does not get any better than Baker.

Playoff Success?

The one knock on Baker has always been his inability to reach a World Series Championship. For his ten 90-win seasons, he only has one pennant to show for it. His 23-32 postseason record taints his three manager of the year awards. Baker has not made it to a league championship series since 2003 with the Cubs.

Each of his jobs has left sour tastes in the respective fanbases mouths. All four teams he managed have playoff series end where they had two games to close out a series and could not win either game. Baker is also 4-9 in win or go home games.

Focus On the Positives

Baker is a manager who gets it. There is no situation he has not managed before. Baker’s current streak of four consecutive 90 win seasons is intact despite managing two different teams. The only managers to do that in the last decade are Dave Roberts, Joe Maddon, and Joe Girardi (if you carry over the 2009 season). Baker sits between the hall of fame manager Bill McKechnie, and future hall of famer Lou Piniella on the all-time manager wins list.

The combination of the imperfect manager and franchise known for chaos could be a match made in heaven. Both sides have been longing for a World Series championship, and for both, this is their best shot. At age-70, it will likely be a one-year stay for Baker unless both sides are satisfied with what happens in year one.

If the Mets bring in Baker, the expectations should be at the same level, if not higher, than they were when Beltran took the job. He has managed many different teams to winning season, and there is more talent on this roster than on any he has managed in his 22 seasons.