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Mets must not wait to fire Mickey Callaway, hire Joe Girardi

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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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Manager Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets listens to Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen speak during a press conference at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The New York Mets need to move on from Mickey Callaway sooner than later and see if it’s at all possible to replace him mid-year with Joe Girardi.

New York Mets skipper Mickey Callaway has arguably been the most problematic manager in MLB this season.

His team is not performing nearly as well as everyone expected them to come into the season, he has shown little to no skill when it comes to managing different aspects of the game (most notably, the bullpen), and he has been the source of clubhouse drama.

It seems that his sole positive attribute is that the players like and get along with him. Mets General Manager Brodie van Wagenen said in a post-All-Star break press conference that Callaway would definitely finish the season with the team, but that does not mean he does not need to be replaced.

There are a lot of things wrong with this team, and firing Callaway will not automatically make them title contenders by any means, but it’s a start.

Callaway has become notorious for his mismanagement of the bullpen. Granted, I believe he is blamed for this more than he should because he definitely does not have much to work with in regard to relief pitching, but he has made more than a fair share of mistakes.

We have all become aware of the fact that the team has less than a handful of decent relievers, but it is nearly impossible to defend Callaway when he brings Luis Avilan into a three-run game or when he overworks Edwin Diaz by having him pitch the ninth inning in a seven-run game.

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