The New York Mets once again need a manager after the firing of Luis Rojas. Many names have come up in the search for a new skipper to take charge of the Amazins, including former manager of less than three months, Carlos Beltran.
Beltran was originally hired by the team in November of 2019 after the firing of former disgraced manager Mickey Callaway. After being the only player specifically implicated in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, the Mets and Beltran agreed to part ways in January 2020.
However, Beltran is not the right man for the job and the Mets should steer clear of their former center fielder and manager at all costs.
The main reason isn’t because of his involvement with the Astros cheating scandal, or even because of his strikeout against Adam Wainwright in game seven of the 2006 National League Championship Series.
The big reason the Mets shouldn’t hire Beltran is down to one word, experience. When Beltran was first hired by the team, his only post playing career experience was as a special advisor to New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.
What and who should the Mets look for in their next manager?
The Mets should look for someone with experience managing in the big leagues. Their last two managers, Callaway and Rojas, were both first time managers at the major league level and each only lasted two seasons.
The Mets need to look for someone who has prior experience managing at the big league level. Buck Showalter and Ron Washington, along with Mike Shildt who was let go by the Cardinals after this season, are candidates the Mets should evaluate.
The team has already lost out on someone who would have been my personal favorite choice, as Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin was hired by the San Diego Padres.
One thing that could stall their pursuit of any managerial candidate is the unknown when it comes to the team’s front office situation. Acting GM Zack Scott is still on administrative leave due to his DWI charge this past summer.
Meanwhile, the team’s search for a president of baseball operations continues to hit roadblocks. The first three rumored targets this offseason Billy Beane, Theo Epstein and David Stearns all either turned the Mets down or were denied permission to speak with the team.
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The Mets would be wise to learn from the previous shortcomings of their last two managers, hire someone with big league experience. This team is ready to win and win now, and needs someone with experience to show them the way.