The New York Mets are reportedly more likely to interview Joe Girardi than Buck Showalter for their vacant manager position.
It’s officially the offseason for the New York Mets, as they failed to make the playoffs for the third consecutive year. And already, they have a huge task at hand: find a new manager. New York parted ways with Mickey Callaway on Thursday after two seasons, a combined 163-161 record, and zero postseason appearances.
It’s unclear when the Mets will make the decision on who to interview and eventually hire. However, it’s safe to assume that there’s a shortlist of individuals. That list could very much include former managers Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter, who last spent time with the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, respectively. Of the two, Girardi is apparently more likely to receive an interview, according to Andy Martino of SNY.
Joe Girardi is interested in the Mets job. Buck Showalter is interested in the Meta job. Hard stop. Team is weighing the fits and all sides will of course have to see how they hit in off in an interview. Of the two, Girardi appears most likely to get interview
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) October 5, 2019
Girardi last managed for the Bombers in 2017. The Yanks have since gone in a different direction after his contract expired, now employing Aaron Boone in that position.
Both potential candidates said they’d be interested in the position if they were to receive the call. Former Yankees pitcher and current YES Network color commentator David Cone also noted he would be intrigued if the Mets pursued him. New York could also include former Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon on the shortlist.
It’s also unclear how many individuals the Mets will end up interviewing for the position. That’s just one of the numerous questions for New York heading into the offseason.