New York Mets: Will Mickey Callaway survive as the manager?
By Edward Lennon
New York Mets Manager Mickey Callaway hasn’t had a spectacular start to 2019. Will he survive the year as the team’s manager?
The New York Mets have a win-now mentality. General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen and the club care about making the playoffs this season. The question is: Is Mickey Callaway the right manager to lead this team into October?
Even though the Mets are clear contenders, there have been rumbles about Callaway’s future with the Mets this season. He has had a few mistakes already. The second-year manager missed the playoffs in 2018 and hopes to change things up this season.
Callaway has already had a few miscues when it comes to the bullpen. In Monday’s 11-inning 7-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, Callaway was reluctant to bring All-Star closer Edwin Diaz in during the eighth inning for a four-out save. Instead of bringing in the cornerstone of their bullpen with two outs in the eighth inning, he called upon right-hander Robert Gsellman with the bases loaded and a one-run lead. Gsellman ended up walking Jean Segura, allowing the tying run to score. Luckily, New York ended up scoring in the 11th and then brought in Diaz to close out the game.
The Mets ended up winning the game but basically tried to give it away. This was not Callaway’s first questionable call when it comes to the bullpen. There have been speculations of him misusing relievers since the first series of the season. As he continues to mismanage games, one can only wonder how much longer the Mets can trust Callaway.
If the Mets want to win this season, Callaway might not be the right guys for the job. Apparently, the Mets were keeping him on a very short leash this season. His job is on the line if the team does not play meaningful baseball every day.
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Callaway will be on thin ice all season. His job will always be on the hot seat. He is coaching for his position as manager every game with the team’s win-now philosophy. Currently leading their division, do not be surprised to see a change at the managerial position in Flushing if that changes.