Mets: Hopes of Joe Girardi managing in 2019 grow slimmer
The chances of seeing Joe Girardi manage the New York Mets next season were already slim. Today, it looks even less likely.
If you’re unhappy with New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway and the job he has done in 2018, you’re like most people. Congratulations. Life is a terribly lonely journey and on this particular ride, you have company.
In this group, there are a few Mets faithful who would like to see Callaway fired and replaced by Joe Girardi. Unfortunately for them, those hopes are growing slimmer.
When the St. Louis Cardinals fired longtime manager Mike Matheny earlier this year, it looked like Girardi had a perfect opportunity in “Baseball Heaven.” We won’t know until the offseason if Girardi comes back to manage in St. Louis. The Cardinals are finishing the year with an interim coaching staff.
St. Louis isn’t the only option for Girardi. Over the weekend, we learned Mike Scioscia may plan to leave the Los Angeles Angels after the 2018 campaign. He has since denied the rumors but hasn’t directly said they are untrue. A separate report also claims Scioscia will not step down at the end of the year. Rather, he will retire. If true, this looks like a great opportunity for Girardi to get back into managing.
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Even if the Wilpons did fire Callaway (which they won’t) it’s hard to imagine someone choosing them over other opportunities. The Cardinals are consistently contending while the Angels offer the chance to manage the best player in baseball, Mike Trout.
Between the three destinations, why would anyone choose the rudderless Mets?
There will be other openings this winter as well. Surely, there are managers in other cities on the hot seat. With each opening comes yet another contender to pluck away the best manager options out there.
Too much needs to fall into the Mets’ favor for them to have a chance at Girardi. First, they need him to even want to come back. By going from the New York Yankees to the Mets, it could also come across as spiteful.
Before this can even happen, we need to see the front office fire Callaway. They aren’t doing that after one year no matter how many Twitter accounts dedicate themselves to him losing his job.
Unfortunately for those desiring Girardi, the timing may not line up right. Callaway will stay in New York through at least a part of next season.
On Sunday, it was reported that Callaway will most likely return in 2019 regardless of who the general manager is. Believe this and conversations about Girardi joining the Mets are a moot point.
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By that point, Girardi may have a new job elsewhere. Once locked in, he may not go anywhere for a while.