Hey Joe… – Nicholas Kyriacou
With the current Mets roster, I think Joe Girardi is the right guy at the right time to lead this team. He’s someone who would not only bring credibility to their playoff-hopeful roster but is also someone who would be able to develop their young core of players into bonafide championship contenders.
The managerial candidate I don’t want the Mets to consider is Dusty Baker. SNY’s Andy Martino was the first to report the Mets internal discussions about Baker as a possible candidate for the vacant managerial role, but I hope it was only a discussion and that no formal interviews have been scheduled.
I don’t want an old-timer who will have to be replaced after a few years with the team. I want someone who’s seasoned and with the potential to be the Mets manager for the next five to seven seasons.
However, it’s not always what the fans want, but what Brodie Van Wagenen and his front office think is best for the team. Still, I think Van Wagenen has a passion for winning that has been absent from this franchise under the frugal Wilpon ownership and careful leadership from Sandy Alderson.
As a result, he understands what needs to be done to get this ballclub back into the postseason – and that road begins with the hiring of Joe Girardi.
To that end, I think the Mets will ultimately offer him the position, as he proved to be an excellent in-game manager as the former Yankees skipper and is someone who I believe has the best managerial instincts out of the large field of managerial candidates this offseason. Moreover, there is no doubt that he would be able to handle the stresses of managing in New York.