2. Joe Frazier, 1976
Joe Frazier had a much more common path to becoming Mets manager. He managed the team's minor league affiliate Tidewater Tides to the International League Championship in 1975 and was promoted to the big-league ballclub for the 1976 season. The Mets were coming off an underwhelming 1975 where the team went 82-80 and fired Yogi Berra midway through the season.
Frazier's hire sparked a positive plug for the Mets in 1976 as the team went 86-76, finishing 3rd in the N.L. East. The pitching staff did perform very well under Frazier as the legendary staff including Seaver, Koosman, and Matlack posted a 2.95 ERA. Expectation-wise however, Frazier's rookie season was also underwhelming. This would be the final full season for Seaver, meaning 1976 was the final push for the core that brought home a pennant in 1973. Though Frazier did pull off a few more wins than Berra did in 1975, the Mets still underperformed given the great pitching staff in 1976.