Don’t get cheap on us – Leen Amin
It’s crucial that the Mets hire Joe Girardi. We all know Girardi is experienced: he managed the then-Florida Marlins in 2006 and the New York Yankees from 2008 to 2017. With the Marlins, he was working with the lowest payroll in MLB but still managed to finish the year with a 78-84 record while winning the NL Manager of the Year award.
He enjoyed ten consecutive winning seasons with the Yankees and impressively led them to a World Series victory in 2009, their first since 2000, after failing to even make the playoffs the previous year.
Yes, Girardi had communication issues with the Yankees’ young players towards the end of his time there and yes, the Mets are a young team, but he has admitted that communication styles between managers and players have changed greatly. Comments such as these indicate that he is willing to adapt to the new style of the game and honestly, he must adapt whether he likes it or not if he wants to manage in MLB for a long time.
Girardi is also known for being serious and not exactly warm or great with the media, unlike Mickey Callaway. It’s still worth the trade-off, without a doubt. After all, even though Callaway was always praised for being so friendly and easy to talk to, let’s not forget about the incident in late June in which he threatened to knock a reporter out.
The Mets will hire Girardi. The Wilpons, commonly referred to as the “Coupons”, understand the seriousness of the situation and what helps is that the Mets probably won’t be (and don’t really need to be) signing any players to big contracts. That leaves ownership with very few excuses.
Yes, Girardi will cost some money, but no other manager is worth it. He is the Mets’ best chance at making a run in 2020.
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