NY Mets aren’t in the same tier as the Braves because of recent instability
An ownership change (for the better). Several different general managers (for better or worse). A revolving door of managers. The Mets have been incredibly unstable for the last few seasons. It’s hard to win when people are constantly coming and going. Will we finally get some sort of symmetry with the Mets long-term?
Braves manager Brian Snitker has been with the team since mid-2016. In that time, the Mets have employed Terry Collins, Mickey Callaway, Carlos Beltran, Luis Rojas, and now Buck Showalter. Alex Anthopolous has been their general manager since 2017. Google returns way too many search results for everyone the Mets have had in this position since that duration. Remember in 2018 when Sandy Alderson stepped down and they had three guys doing the job?
If there was any good argument to keep Billy Eppler beyond the 2023 season, it’s to keep the waters a little calmer. The Mets could bring in David Stearns to become the President of Baseball Operations and possibly even move Eppler into a different role. The same could be said of Showalter whose managerial effort this year hasn’t always been as pristine as it was in 2022. Is a reactionary firing really worth having to start all over again?
The Mets can catch up to the Braves in stability, but with a caveat. They shouldn’t get caught up like the New York Yankees do in feeling a little too stable with people like Brian Cashman and Aaron Boone.