With Mickey Callaway gone, the Mets need a new manager. Here are a few options for them to consider:
1. The New York option: Joe Girardi
As one one-time rival executive put it, the Mets “need someone with experience in the market.” That is Girardi, a managerial free agent who spent this season working for MLB Network and Fox — the latter of which brought him around the Mets several times and gave him opportunities to gush about the team on-air for all to hear.
Girardi won a World Series and went 910-710 in a decade as the Yankees’ manager, fired after the 2017 season when the club finished a win away from another World Series appearance. As he mulls his return to the dugout, wouldn’t he want a chance to prove the Yankees wrong?
It’s worth noting, too, that Girardi’s first managerial gig came with the Marlins in 2006. He was fired because he didn’t get along with then-owner Jeffrey Loria, then was named National League Manager of the Year. The similarities between Loria’s Marlins and the Wilpons’ Mets are obvious to those within baseball — perceived as meddlesome, hard-to-deal-with ownership — and maybe Girardi would carry lessons learned in South Florida into his dealings with his new potential bosses.
The internal option: Luis Rojas
A member of baseball’s famed Alou family (son of Felipe and brother of Moises Alou), Rojas has been with the Mets since 2007, climbing the ladder as a minor-league coach and manager and, in 2019, joining the major-league staff for the first time. He was the quality-control coach, helping players digest the mass amounts of data available to them.
Rojas managed most of the Mets’ homegrown players in the minors — Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Seth Lugo, Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith and others — and has good relationships with the current Mets, especially the Latino players.