Bring in Joe Girardi
Everyone is on the same page in believing that Callaway should absolutely be fired, but then the question of who should replace him arises. My answer: Joe Girardi.
While he was on the job, Girardi was always one of the league’s very best managers. He won 2006 Manager of the Year with the then-Florida Marlins, his in-game managing skills are phenomenal, he is a World Series champion, and his record is an impressive 910-710 over the course of ten seasons.
He is currently working as an analyst for MLB Network and Fox Sports but continues to express interest in returning to MLB as a manager. Even though van Wagenen claimed that the Mets would finish the season with Callaway as their manager, the organization, and van Wagenen himself have apparently been asking about Girardi quite a bit.
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No one doubts Girardi’s managerial skills, but he does come with some blemishes. He is very intense and stubborn. We all remember Girardi from his time with the cross-town rivals, the New York Yankees.
The main reason the Yankees fired him, albeit reluctantly so, was because he lost the clubhouse and was incapable of communicating properly with the young players. However, since being fired, he has admitted that communication styles, especially between manager and player, are much different now than they were ten years ago.
Based on this statement, we should expect him to treat and deal with youngsters much differently and more effectively. Girardi was never great with the media: he’s a serious and competitive guy who wants to win and never focused on building an amicable reputation with the press.
His intensity may be a deterrent but, at this point, we can’t act like Callaway is any better. Even though Girardi isn’t the easiest manager for a reporter to talk to, at least he can successfully manage baseball games and help teams win.
Girardi comes with some baggage as well as a heftier price tag, but I believe he is worth it. After all, as an executive said, “you don’t last a decade with the Yankees without doing a lot of things right.”
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The Mets have a great deal to work on throughout this season as well as during this upcoming offseason but firing the joke of a manager that Callaway is and replacing him with one of the best in the business in Girardi is a move that must be made.