New York Mets: What’s Next After Firing Mickey Callaway?

The New York Mets decided to fire Manager Mickey Callaway on Thursday. Jeff Wilpon and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen traveled down to Florida and they fired him there. This was one of the most critical decisions New York has made in a while.

Even though Callaway went 163-161 in his first two seasons as the manager, the Mets felt like they needed to head in a different direction. New York did finish in third place in the NL East this past season with an 86-76 record. However, it was not enough for them to qualify for the postseason.

The reason why they made this move is that the New York Mets have not made it to the postseason in 2016 and they are serious about making it to the postseason in the immediate future. New York wants a manager that allows them to be in win-now mode.


Mickey Callaway made a ton of bad in-game decisions this season and they could have easily won 90 games if that wasn’t the case. Another reason why his job might have been cost is because of how bad closer Edwin Diaz was.

According to Van Wagenen, Edwin Diaz and Noah Syndergaard will be back next season. It is very likely Zack Wheeler won’t be back, but it is possible that they give him a qualifying offer.

Some of the names that have come up for the managerial job has been Carlos Beltran, Dusty Baker, Joe Maddon, Joe Girardi, Edgardo Alfonso, A.J. Hinch, Joe Espada, David Wright, Alex Rodriguez, and Buck Showalter. It is going to be very interesting to see what direction this franchise goes in with this managerial decision and it is going to say a lot about this franchise moving forward if they make a serious hire.

This roster is very good with Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Wilson Ramos, Brandon Nimmo, and J.D. Davis. Robinson Cano and Joe Panik are not that bad either. It is going to be interesting to see if anyone gets traded in the offseason.

New York needs to upgrade the bullpen as well especially in mid-relief. Seth Lugo should be the closer moving and not Edwin Diaz. He is not the answer moving forward. Luis Availan and Justin Wilson were nice in mid-relief, but they need more than that.

Jeurys Familia was not good either last season and I don’t understand why he was brought back in the first place. There is no chance that Brodie Van Wagenen stays pat with this roster in the offseason. He is going to be signing free agents. Also, Van Wagenen might need to make some trades. However, there is no way he can trade away some top prospects once again.

They don’t have a strong enough farm system, to begin with. It would upset fans even more. People in the front office know that the Mets need to be playing meaningful games in the month of October and not only in the month of September.

With the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals reaching the postseason this season from the National League East, it will put more pressure on New York to make the postseason in 2020. The Philadelphia Phillies will also be good again next season and I don’t expect them to underachieve again.

This is the biggest offseason since after the 2015 World Series loss to the Kansas City Royals in five games. Some others will say it isn’t because they hired a new general manager last offseason and the New York Mets hired Mickey Callaway two years ago, but it didn’t pan out in the long run for them.

New York also did bring back Bench Coach Jim Riggleman and it will be interesting to see what kind of staff the new manager has in store for this team.

What do you think is next for the New York Mets? Who is your choice for their next manager? Leave a comment below.

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