Rojas was originally named skipper for the New York Mets prior to the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season after new manager Carlos Beltran was let go due to the 2017 Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
Heading into both years, the Mets were projected to be contenders, but after 2 consecutive losing season’s, the Mets front office agreed that it was time to move on from Rojas, and now one of the big stories to watch heading into the offseason is:
Who will be the Mets next manager in 2022?
As usual, whoever the next skipper for the New York Mets is will have come into the position with high expectations. With a core of All-Star players like Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Francisco Lindor, fans will expect a winning season at minimum, with a hopeful playoff berth.
The last manager to lead the Mets to the playoffs was Terry Collins in 2016, and since he left the team following the 2017 season, the two who have succeeded him, Mickey Callaway and Luis Rojas, each assumed the position with no experience at the major league level, and neither delivered on the team’s expectations for them.
With each change at manager can often come as a change for the team as a whole. Young rookie managers can often signal a “youth movement” or rebuilding period for a team, where as teams often bring in more seasoned and experienced skippers when they plan on being contenders.
While the Mets have several big questions regarding their roster in 2022, the core team they have set to return next year is one that could make a run at a championship under the right leadership.
Given the disorganization that the Mets have experienced over the past few seasons, a seasoned manager with a successful track record may be what is best for the team the go around in order to get the franchise back on track, and back into contention.
Luckily for the Mets, there are several experienced managerial candidates available this offseason, many of whom have had success in the playoffs, as well as a few World Series championships under their belts.
Without further ado, here are 5 experienced managers the New York Mets should consider: