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Mets Manager Search: Favorite choices, worst options, and predictions

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18: Manager Joe Girardi #28 of the New York Yankees talks with Manager Buck Showalter #26 of the Baltimore Orioles before the game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 18, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18: Manager Joe Girardi #28 of the New York Yankees talks with Manager Buck Showalter #26 of the Baltimore Orioles before the game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 18, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 21: Luis Rojas #60 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

An Alou by another name – Tim Boyle

The Mets seem to be ready to turn over every rock to find their next manager. Hopefully, they don’t literally find him under a rock. The Mets need someone who is a known commodity and experienced. I hate to repeat what most people are saying, but Joe Girardi seems too perfect for the job.

Girardi is best known for his time as the manager of the crosstown rival Yankees. Mets fans are familiar enough with him to understand what the team would get. Girardi is also knowledgeable enough about the team already thanks to his work as an analyst since his last days managing.

There’s no great argument I can make or number to cite to convince anyone who doesn’t want this Joe. Let’s call it a gut feeling.

The last man I want for the job is anyone who would be a puppet. Again, could I agree with the average person more?

Puppet managers can work and I think we see it with the Yankees. Aaron Boone does Brian Cashman’s bidding well. I trust Cashman and his team more than I do Brodie Van Wagenen and his. A guy like Joe Espada may turn into a fine manager. I worry with an unexperienced GM sending him lineup cards, things could get messy real fast.

Even with this, I would still prefer Espada over any ex-Mets who may just do what they’re told. I know John Franco is interested in the job. He’s probably my least favorite name linked to the team.

My expectations for this managerial search, like most, aren’t superb. I don’t think they will hire Girardi because of the salary he’d demand. I also think Franco’s interest is nothing more than that.

On Opening Day 2020, I feel the Mets go with a blend of a guy who has managed before and is willing to do some of what he’s told. After reviewing the candidates, Robin Ventura is the only guy who fits this description. That’s not happening.

Another feeling, the Mets could bring in a familiar name to appease the fans when they don’t hire one of the guys we all want. Again, I’m not so sure this actually happens.

I’ve delayed long enough. My final prediction is the Mets will promote Luis Rojas to the managerial position when Joe Espada takes a gig elsewhere. Get prepared to hear a lot of BVW gushing over him in a winter of selling him to the fans.

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