Brown: If Mets Miss Playoffs, They Must Ax Callaway

Jake Brown
September 18, 2019 - 1:51 pm
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The Mets' playoff hopes have quickly become a pipe dream, as they sit four games out of the second wild-card spot with 11 games to go. It would take a whole lot of losing from the Brewers and Cubs mixed with the Mets winning nearly every game. 

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While missing the playoffs after going on such an impressive run is quite disappointing, there is one silver lining to it all.

No playoffs = no Mickey. 

The Mets missing out on the postseason leaves the front office with a pretty simple decision -- fire Mickey Callaway. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway
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Everyone has grown tired of Callaway’s blunders. There’s something new almost every day that makes little to no sense with the second-year Mets manager. Whether it’s a mistake with how he uses the bullpen, a double-switch that takes one of his best hitters out of the lineup or comments about how a player “battled” when he had a historically bad outing. There’s a certain amount of accountability that needs to be held to players and yourself, and Callaway has lived in a fantasy land almost his entire tenure in Queens.

Last year, you gave the guy a break. It was his first year as a manager, and the team went through a lot of injuries and just was not deep. This year, the bullpen has definitely hurt badly, but Callaway’s mismanagement has cost the Mets several times. And in a season when you fall short, you look at a lot of “what ifs” when you go back to some of the close games when the Mets blew a lead or just fell short.

There have been some nightmarish, head-scratching decisions. There wasn’t a time when Callaway called himself out after a game and took the blame. He continued to defend his miscues and turn a blind eye with his rose-colored glasses. The Mets were missing a few arms in the bullpen and obviously guys such as Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia cost them brutally, but there were enough pieces there and depth on the roster to be a winner.

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The team’s performance in June and the first half of July was just a disaster. The losses compiled, and Callaway had no answer or changes to make. It was the constant “we’ll get 'em tomorrow” and our guys “battled.” 

Callaway was clearly in over his head when he came here. His happy-go-lucky demeanor just wasn’t truly meant to manage in New York. This city expects grit and toughness, and while the team has displayed that at times, the manager has not. You’re as good as the guy who is in charge, and while Callaway clearly never gave up, he let the team down with a lot of his moves. It didn’t help when he yelled at a reporter just for saying “see you tomorrow,” either. Callaway just doesn’t possess certain leadership qualities that are a must, especially for a major-market team like the Mets. 

We can look at potential candidates to replace Callaway at a later date, but the obvious ones are Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter. This team can’t go with another guy making his managerial debut. It needs a strong voice and a leader who has a championship pedigree. The Mets need someone who holds players accountable when they fail and holds himself accountable when he makes a wrong move.

Girardi and Showalter are winners. Girardi has World Series titles as a player and manager, and Showalter is a three-time Manager of the Year. The Mets may need to throw them a lot of money but need to realize that having a well-respected skipper coming in makes a huge difference, especially for a team with a lot of young talent like these Mets. 

The Mets beginning their October with no baseball will sting, but once Callaway gets the pink slip, fans can breathe a sigh of relief and hope for brighter days ahead with someone new at the helm. The Mets tried something different with Callaway, and it failed. It’s time they cut their losses and move on. 

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