Sources close to the New York Mets would reportedly be “surprised” if manager Mickey Callaway is brought back next season.
The New York Mets are officially out of playoff contention. The Brewers defeated the Reds 9-2 on Wednesday, meaning the Mets organization is forced to look on to 2020.
One of the concerns the ballclub will have to take care of heading into next season is at the manager position. Does Mickey Callaway stay? He’s under contract next year, and the Mets did improve in the second half of the year. However, this organization was viewed internally as a playoff-type ballclub. So does that give the Brodie Van Wagenen-led front office reason to send Callaway packing? Team sources believe so.
Andy Martino of SNY writes: “The team’s surprising entry into the National League Wild Card race created a bit more uncertainty about Callaway, who is under contract for next year.
“But multiple people connected to the team have maintained following Wednesday night’s elimination that they will be surprised if Callaway stays. That is less newsy than it seems, given that he was never expected to last more than a year under a general manager who did not hire him. That expectation has not changed.
“All of this is likely to remain informed speculation until the front office meets after the season ends.”
The Mets have three games left on their regular-season slate, occurring this weekend. Therefore, next week is when the front office is set to meet to decide Callaway’s fate.
If you saw how this team was in June or July, it’s crazy to think how they held onto playoff contention until the final week of the regular season. That’s a reason to retain Callaway. Yet, with the talent within both this lineup and rotation, the Mets should’ve been a playoff ballclub. That’s a reason to can Callaway.
Fans await the lingering decision.