After two years, the New York Mets are looking for their next manager.
Luis Rojas lasted two seasons and after spending 103 days in first place, the Mets finished under .500 and the 40-year-old was dismissed as the manager. Rojas was never meant to be the Mets manager, as Carlos Beltran was hired and then left his post due to the Houston Astros cheating scandal.
But with new ownership in Steve Cohen, he will get to hire his first manager as the team owner. Who should the team be looking at?
You have to start with him because he was hired to be the Mets manager before the 2020 season and never got to manage a single game.
Beltran should be given a chance to show what he can do, especially since AJ Hinch and Alex Cora both got hired after they served one-year suspensions after the Houston cheating scandal.
He’s the current Astros bench coach under Dusty Baker and many feel he’s ready to take the reigns as a manager. He was Joe Girardi’s third base coach with the Yankees, so he already has a taste of the New York life.
Could he handle the big seat though while in New York?
The 65-year-old has fixed every organization he went to and it seems like the Mets are a perfect place for him considering they need a quality name.
The last few Mets candidates and hires have been first-yer candidates and they haven’t exactly worked out well, so an established name like Showalter would be a good person to look at.
If the Mets wanted to look at someone else with experience and isn’t as old as Showalter, there’s Ausmus, who hasn’t managed since 2019.
He only lasted one season in Los Angeles before he got dumped when Joe Maddon became available. Before then, he lasted four years with the Detroit Tigers and had two winning seasons with them.
He’s 69 years old and hasn’t been a manager since 2014, but his name has come up a lot as someone the Mets should consider.
Washington has been the third base coach for the rival Atlanta Braves for the last couple of years and 10 years ago, he got the Texas Rangers to two consecutive World Series appearances.
He’s the current manager of the Oakland A’s and is under contract for another season, so some maneuvering would have to happen here.
The Mets have reported interest in Billy Beane and that could be a luring angle. Melvin was a finalist for the job in 2010 before it went to Terry Collins.