The New York Mets missed the playoffs in 2017 and decided to shake up their coaching staff before the new year. Were they right in doing so?
Coming into the 2018 season the choices that the New York Mets made generated plenty of buzz from the fan-base.
But as the Mets seem to be on pace to miss the playoffs yet again, conversations begin as to who deserves the blame and who should be on the hot seat.
Now that the first half of the 2018 season is over it’s time to evaluate how the coaches have done.
Mickey Callaway: C-
It has not been the most ideal season for the first year manager. Mickey Callaway came over from being the pitching coach of one of the most talented pitching staffs in the American League last year.
With Callaway pitching smarts and the Mets talented when healthy rotation, the hiring seemed like a perfect match. However, there have been many bumps in the road.
Callaway’s first half was not a total failure. Which is why he is given a C- as a grade. We can’t ignore the Mets 11-1 start and have to give credit for trying certain experiments such as hitting the pitcher 8th.
The way Callaway tried to set the tone for team morale in spring training was not a total failure with his main focus point being players earning their playing time and taking responsibility.
However, it’s impossible to give Callaway anything higher than a C- due to the constant blunders and the overall play of the team. For example, the time the Mets batted out of order, then to find out the Mets had given in the wrong lineup card to the umpire.
Combine that with some questionable decisions on who to start at certain positions and it complicates things further. Callaway made plenty of us scratch our heads when benching Amed Rosario for someone like Jose Reyes.
In the end, things are not totally Callaways fault. After all, as a manager, you have to make something with what you got. The Mets haven’t exactly given Callaway the best bullpen to work with or depth options on the bench.
One has to question if Callaway is being allowed to put his own spin on things given his explanation on why Jeff McNeil hasn’t been called up yet which sounded like something he was fed from the front office.
Overall it has not been a successful first half, but Callaway does deserve a second shot in the second half and next season.