Due to the fallout of the Astros sign-stealing scandal, the Mets cut ties with Carlos Beltran two months into his managerial tenure.
Beltran will go down as a great trivia question when it comes to managers who never made it to Opening Day, and the decision to move on was a polarizing one.
The Mets made the case that the distractions and fallout for Beltran after his involvement in the scandal would be impossible to move past.
It wouldn’t have been my decision, but then again I wouldn’t have hired Beltran to begin with.
But the Mets now have a perfect opportunity to wipe the slate clean with the next hire.
It may be chaotic, but the process has a chance to be a blessing in disguise.
The Mets need an experienced manager; it’s a win now team.
They went through the managerial growing pains of Mickey Callaway, and shouldn’t be thinking about doing that again in 2020.
The job description has also changed.
Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in less than four weeks. A first-time manager would normally have the entire winter to formulate relationships and get a sense for what exactly he is working with.
Those elements can be very tricky to handle, especially for somebody doing the job for the first time.
I’m not taking the risk of throwing a new, inexperienced candidate into the fire this prematurely.
The Mets missed out on Joe Girardi, but there are three candidates who would fit the team perfectly. Buck Showalter, Dusty Baker and John Gibbons are three experienced, capable winning managers that would not be overwhelmed by the complex circumstances of the job.
The Mets can’t look back in the aftermath of the Beltran debacle, they have to get it right.
Get a proven manager. Get a proven winner.