Okay, let's get to it On the night the Met was eliminated from the playoff picture, despite another masterpiece delivered by the alleged repeat of Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom, Mickey Calloway declared himself the best man for the job to bring the team to the promised land in 2020
But the 20-20 background is to assume that despite the club's delightful resurrection in the second half of the season and entering the race, much of the reason was such a dramatic upheaval after 40-51 stumbles in the first points and seasons – plus months is due at least partly to a number of incomprehensible decisions of the manager?
In fact, the decisions themselves are not necessarily as inconsistent as the attempts at explanations to justify them. Callaway always seemed less confident in his answers than in the course that triggered post-game investigations. The reasons he would give to make the steps were difficult to ascertain, and those related to the decisions of the composition were sometimes head-to-head.
But maybe, just maybe, because many of these decisions were out of his hands and many of his moves, both pre-game and in-game, were commissioned by his superiors in the front office, including the ubiquitous general manager Brody Van Wagenen. So there is something to be considered for the Mets, 83-75 with four games to go on, they are sure to end their third winning season of 2008.
If the manager delivered the Wilpon property announcement daily, will those in the executive suite really be so quick to change messengers, regardless of possible managers? After all, there was a meaningful home this month. If that was the tape, the manager could have cleared it.
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"You know, obviously I have the most confidence in myself," said Callaway, 159-160 as a major-league manager after two years with the Mets after being hired by former GM Sandy Alderson to replace Terry Collins. "I will never give up, I will never give up and I think I am the right person to lead the team there and do it in the best way I can.
The Bullets did not surrender to the items under Callaway's watch. They deserve some recognition for this, but not nearly as much as they seek to claim. Because trying from start to finish is a minimum requirement for professional athletes. You don't have to throw roses at the Mets because they turned their season around, went into the race, going 27-9 after missing the first game after the All-Star break and were within a game and a half of a playoff spot on Aug. 22.
But then, bolstered by a rotation of management dreams involving deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler and early acquisition Marcus Stroman, the Mets lost six straight at home to the Braves and Cubs and were essentially made, though they continued to miss. The fact is that the Rams have gone 13-15 in their previous 28 games before taking the last two of the Marlins. The race and the playoffs eluded them.
If the scourge is the site of tragicomedy, with the acquisition of Van Wagenen by Edwin Diaz in the winter slipping on banana peels more often than Charlie Chaplin, Collaway hardly deals with the pen bringing order into chaos. First, Diaz would be used to get three outs and no more. Then one day, maybe four. Of course, he often failed to get what he needed.
But Callaway, a pretty damn successful Cleveland landing coach before getting this gig, had his rotation that remained remarkably solid all year, with deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz and Wheeler making 122 starts. Any manager would like that.
He had Pete Alonso, now one shy of the Big League homer record in rookie season after breaking No. 51 in the second inning. He had reinforcements. He had a general manager who decided to deal with him by the deadline. The Mecca were on the threshold. They were not then.
Undoubtedly, there are sharper managers who may be able to gain further wins from this group that could have prevented a first-half catastrophe that could have driven the team into the postseason. But does anyone envision the property and Van Wagain give a strong manager in the form of Joe Girardi or Buck Schoulter or Joe Madden the keys to their car?
Callaway declared himself a man for the job in 2020. Whether this can be considered realistic depends on how the hierarchy defines this work.