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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates the 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves with Ozzie Virgil Sr after the game on September 26,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates the 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves with Ozzie Virgil Sr after the game on September 26,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 09: Manager Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets gestures during action against the Philadelphia Phillies in game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field on July 9, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

Mickey Callaway Now Has Experience

Rookie manager Alex Cora won the 2018 World Series. The Boston Red Sox leader took the team with the highest payroll in baseball to the Promised Land. Fellow rookie manager, Mickey Callaway, didn’t have the same type of luck. His team batted out of order early on and after the 11-1 start, the freshman mistakes began to cost his team games.

Now that he has walked over the hot coals, we should expect Callaway to perform better. He has Jim Riggleman as a bench coach, which many suspect will help him with decision-making. Other changes to the coaching staff may pay off as well. Most important of all, Callaway is a year wiser.

I don’t know how much a manager can learn in one year. I do know Callaway was lost at times in 2018.

Hiring Callaway to manage the team was a questionable decision. Within weeks, many called for his job. Reactionary fans are impatient, after all.

In addition to his own gained knowledge, the players know Callaway better. He knows them, too. In such a short period, Callaway had to learn Hansel Robles was a dud and doesn’t belong on the mound at any time other than a Home Run Derby. Since he’s no longer one of the new guys with the organization, I’m hoping Callaway is a little more ruthless with his decisions.

Callaway shouldn’t shy away from sitting a slumping veteran. Pitchers who struggle should get the hook early if needed.

Regarded as a pitching guru before he joined the Mets, Callaway needs to think bigger. Baseball is a chess match. In year one, Callaway was playing backgammon and he seemed to know as much about the rules as anyone under 70.

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