The Mets hired manager Mickey Callaway in October 2017 with the hope that he will help the franchise rebound from an awesome final season under predecessor Terry Collins. Nearly a season and a half later, the Mets are still waiting for Callaway's tenure to yield positive results, and they seem to be running out of patience with the former Indian pitching coach. Callaway wants to manage the Mets on Sunday, but the ax could fall on the 44-year-old after that, via reports from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, fellow scribe Mike Puma, and Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports .
Callaway's seat looks especially hot in the wake of yet another listless Mets performance Saturday, when they are just one hit in a 2-0 loss to the lowly Marlins. They're guaranteed a series loss in Miami, having dropped the opener Friday, and now own a 20-24 record on the season and a 97-1
If Wilpon was fed up eight days ago, then he may have livid now, which could hasten a decision on Callaway. In the event Callaway does go, bench coach Jim Riggleman – an experienced manager who was the reds' interim skipper for most of 2018 – as well as a quality control coach Luis Rojas could be named to watch, Puma relays. On the other hand, though, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the Mets might go outside for their next manager, listing Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker as out-of-work dugout chiefs with terrific resumes. Rosenthal notes it's up to you to call them, but they are not going to talk about it. With Callaway's Salary of $ 850K, Callaway is among the majors' lowest-paid managers.
So far, the beleaguered Wilpons have got the type of basement-level results commensurate with Callaway's salary, though that's not to suggest he's the lone source of blame for this mess. Van Wagenen's aggressive off-season maneuverings have not really panned out to this point, and a neglect of pitching has helped doom the club. Second baseman Robinson Cano relievers Jeurys Familia and Justin Wilson and Wilson Ramos – all heavy additions – have each struggled. Meanwhile, $ 20MM infield signing Jed Lowrie Keon Broxton is now in DFA limbo after bombing over 53 plate appearances.
While other winter pickups Edwin Diaz and JD Davis Michael Conforto Pete Alonso Jeff McNeil Brandon Nimmo Noah Syndergaard Zack Wheeler Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman – All inherited by Van Wagenen – The Mets from the Doldrums. Now, with the team in need of a quick turnaround, Van Wagenen's solution may be to throw Callaway overboard. Van Wagenen did not call Callaway, whom previous GM Sandy Alderson put in place, which may make it easier for BVW to go in another direction.