Sport Mets had to fire Mickey Callaway; new approach is World Series or bust
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Pete Alonso hit his major league-leading 49th homer to tie the record for most by a rookie, then drew a bases-loaded walk during a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the New York Mets over the Colorado Rockies 7-4 Wednesday. The Mets began the day tied with Philadelphia, four games behind the Cubs and Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card spot. Alonso hit a long solo home run to left field in the sixth. He matched the rookie mark set by Mark McGwire for Oakland in 1987. Jeff McNeil also went deep for the Mets, who set a franchise record with 225 home runs this season.
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets could have waited, and gone into next year with Mickey Callaway one bad game decision away from being fired, but why wait?
They knew last season he wasn’t right for the job, and twice was almost fired, but even after finishing with a winning record, didn’t believe he was capable of leading them to the promised land.
the first Mets manager in history to be fired with a winning record, 86-76, after a full season. The Mets believe they are ready to win now and no longer had the patience to tolerate Callaway’s mistakes.
Cubs, Mets eliminated from postseason contention
The Brewers eliminated both the Cubs and the Mets on Wednesday with a comfortable 9-2 win over the Reds.The Cubs will be watching the postseason from home for the first time since 2014. The club entered Wednesday on a seven-game losing streak and are currently tied with the Pirates late in the game. Their disappointing play down the stretch has many believing manager Joe Maddon will be let go.
“This isn’t easy,’’ said Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, who flew to Florida with COO Jeff Wilpon to inform Callaway of their decision. “Conversations like this are difficult, especially when people are putting their hearts and souls into their work.’’
preferably one who has led teams into the playoffs. Experience is not an option, but absolutely necessary to become the next Mets manager. They already have formed an “expansive list’’ of candidates, Van Wagenen says, and many names are familiar.
They’ll be calling former Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Joe Maddon, too. And Buck Showalter. And John Farrell. And Mike Matheny. And perhaps Dusty Baker, Fredi Gonzalez, John Gibbons, Ron Washington and Ozzie Guillen, too.
Joe Maddon: Angels are no sure thing to land former Cubs manager
The Los Angeles Angels fired Brad Ausmus after one season, but Joe Maddon's return to the franchise is not imminent with other jobs opening up.Within minutes, well, maybe seconds of Ausmus' ousting, the speculation started that Maddon, fired Sunday by the Chicago Cubs, will be the next Angels’ manager.
Really,but Maddon would jump at the prospect of going to the Mets. Maddon, 65, is a long shot simply because he views the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres managerial openings as more desirable, while also wanting to earn close to his final $6 million salary with the Chicago Cubs.
This is a job that will require someone who can immediately lead the Mets to the postseason, deal with the New York media and all of the meddling that may come from the front office and Wilpon family. And yet it’s a prime job.
He'll inherit a team loaded with All-Star caliber players. He'll have Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom atop the rotation, along with Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman. He'll have the franchise home-run king in Pete Alonso. And he'll have a GM who plans to be aggressive again this winter to fix the bullpen.
There are six other managerial openings in baseball: The San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cubs, Padres and Angels. Yet none are quite like New York.
Joe Girardi: 'I want to manage again'
Joe Girardi made it clear in an appearance with Mully & Haugh on 670 The Score AM Wednesday morning that he’s interested not only in the Cubs’ current vacancy but in any of the managerial gigs available this winter.“Any job out there is going to interest me, because I want to manage again,” said the 2006 NL Manager of the Year. Girardi added that he won’t comment on whether he has an interview lined up with the Cubs or any other team.
You win in New York and you’ll forever be a folk hero in these parts, under the biggest and brightest lights in the country. This is a franchise that last won the World Series in 1986, has been to the postseason only six times since, missing the playoffs the last three years.
The Mets will never be mistaken for the Yankees, but suddenly, losing is no longer accepted in Queens. They will steal the Yankees’ mantra: World Series or bust. And, simply, they weren’t going to the World Series with Callaway.
He wasn’t the leader they desired. He wasn’t the strategist they envisioned. He wasn’t the manager they believed in. They had no choice but to fire him. It was different in the past, when the Mets would have stayed patient and waited for Callaway to develop into a good manager. If nothing else, saving themselves $1 million before they started a managerial search next winter.
But times have changed. Their vision is clear:
The future is now.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY:
Former manager Joe Girardi reportedly doing his due diligence on Mets .
Joe Girardi is doing his homework when it comes to landing his next managerial job.Girardi began doing his research on the Mets a couple of weeks before Callaway was let go, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. His ability to co-exist with the front office was one of the driving factors of his dismissal as manager of the New York Yankees, despite having managed them to a World Series title in 2009. If Girardi does return to the dugout — whether that be in New York, Chicago or elsewhere — the foundations of a solid working relationship with upper management will be an important box to check.
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