Update (October 6, 12:00pm): The Mets have officially fired manager Mickey Callaway.
In case you missed the news, the Mets have decided to replace manager Mickey Callaway with former manager of the Texas Rangers (and former managerial candidate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) and White Sox manager Rick Renteria.
This move by general manager Sandy Alderson is no surprise. He’s the guy who promoted Callaway to skipper, and according to various sources (see here, here, here, here, and here), Callaway will eventually return as manager before his contract expires next year.
But to stick Renteria in there? That’s a bigger shock. Alderson’s list of managers he had interest in for the next manager includes Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Max Scherzer, Josh Donaldson, Mike Trout, and Yoenis Cespedes.
Okay, we’re a little more upset about this.
So, what about 2018? We fully expected the Mets to make moves before the end of the season to improve the team, especially when it comes to building a bench with young players. However, we figured it would be under the theory that Renteria would be the greatest manager the Mets have ever had if they went one year without making any moves during the summer of 2018.
If you were paying attention to SNY earlier, however, it’s clear that the Mets brass felt strongly about breaking up the team’s core and replacing Callaway with another manager that could help develop players better.
So instead of making any of those moves this season, the Mets have used their strong position in the playoff race to control the flow of information. They’ve kept Josh Smoker and Devin Mesoraco (neither of whom are a great fit for the Mets) away from playing, and for the most part they have kept the same players on the field as much as possible. This obviously worked – the Mets won their last 18 games to secure a wild card spot, and now they are heading into the postseason under the new manager.
Good news for the Mets (and really, the National League) is that while Alderson must surely take some heat for letting another year go by without a splashy move, he’ll be back in 2019, and regardless of what happens during this playoff run, we can be sure he’ll figure it out next time around.