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New York Mets: Examining the possible replacements for Mickey Callaway

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 12: Manager Mickey Callaway of the New York Mets looks on before the seventh inning of an MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on April 12, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 12: Manager Mickey Callaway of the New York Mets looks on before the seventh inning of an MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on April 12, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /
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FLUSHING, NY – AUGUST 5: Left fielder Joe McEwing #47 of the New York Mets takes off his batting gloves during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 5, 2002 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Diamondbacks won 2-0. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Wildcard Candidate

Joe McEwing

McEwing was reportedly a top candidate for the Mets’ managerial position when it last became available in 2018. While the team is now under new leadership, they may still have some interest in the former Mets’ utility player.

While McEwing does not have experience as the lead manager for an MLB club, he has spent the last eight years as a third base and bench coach for the Chicago White Sox.

While their experience with Callaway may steer the Mets away from another first-time manager, if the team did elect to pursue a young coach with a new vision, McEwing would certainly be worth their consideration.

Prediction

While the hope for a turnaround in 2019 still exists in many fans, it seems likely that Mickey Callaway won’t survive the season as Mets’ manager. I predict that the team will cut ties with their skipper before the All-Star break and turn to bench coach Jim Riggleman to manage the team on an interim basis to finish the season.

While I consider Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi to be the best available managerial candidates I am not convinced that either would be interested in managing the New York Mets.

I expect the team will come down to two former Mets Gibbons and Ventura as their top two candidates during the offseason. Gibbons’ experience in the postseason will give him the edge, making him the 22nd manager in the history of the New York Mets.

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