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Joe Girardi is reported to be “keenly interested” in the New York Mets managerial position after the team fired Mickey Callaway this week.

The New York Mets are heading into the initial stages of the offseason without a manager. They made the decision to fire Mickey Callaway this past Thursday after two seasons and zero postseason appearances.

So who will the Mets interview and eventually hire? That’s unclear at the moment. But, there are names that have definitely floated around, one of which is Joe Girardi. The former New York Yankees skipper hasn’t managed a game since the Fall of 2017 but is reportedly in on the lingering possibility.

The Chicago Cubs, who Girardi will be interviewing for, recently decided to part ways with Joe Maddon. This comes after the Cubs failed to make the postseason this year, finishing 84-78 and in third place in the National League Central division. Maddon, 65, had been managing the Cubs from 2015-19 and won a World Series title with them in 2016.

Former Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter also said he’d show interest if the Mets pursued him for the position. The same goes for David Cone, former Yankees pitcher and current YES Network color commentator.

Ultimately, if the Mets retained Callaway, there would’ve been reasoning behind it. This team finished 10 games above .500 (86-76) after falling to as many as 11 games under .500 this year. However, with the talent within this lineup and rotation, this should’ve been a playoff ballclub. That, along with Callaway not being a hire of general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, gave the front office enough justification to relieve him of his duties.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.