For the third time in three years, the New York Mets are looking for a new manager. The Mets are now searching for their second manger since Mickey Callaway, and his replacement didn’t even get to manage a Spring Training game. Carlos Beltran was relieved of his duties because of his involvement in the 2017 Houston Astros sign stealing scandal. Beltran, then a player, was rumored to be the co-mastermind of the scheme, alongside former Red Sox Manager, Alex Cora. After an offseason where the Mets thought they had their guy, they must now go to Plan B. But who are the top candidates?
Terry Collins was the Mets Manager from 2011 until 2017. During that time, the Mets went 551-583, reaching the World Series in 2015. Collins retired at the end of the 2017 season and immediately rejoined the team as a Special Advisor to the General Manager. The only way he would possibly return is if he managed the Mets for only one more season. Collins will turn 71 this season, and I doubt he’d want to manage another seven years. Since Terry Collins left in 2017, a lot of the team has remained in tact. The Mets still have Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto, and others. If Collins wants one last shot at a World Series ring, this is an opportunity that he shouldn’t pass up.
Pérez was the runner-up in the Mets managerial sweepstakes, and is a current ESPN Baseball analyst. Pérez, unlike Beltran, has coaching experience. Pérez was the Miami Marlins hitting coach in 2011 and 2012, the Houston Astros bench coach in 2013, and has managed in Puerto Rico. Pérez obviously has a lot of coaching experience, and could make a great manager for the Mets.
Rojas is currently the quality control coach for the Mets. Rojas has been with the Mets organization since 2007, and has held many positions. Before taking the quality control job, Rojas managed the GCL Mets in 2011, the Savannah Sand Gnats from 2012-2014, and the Rumble Ponies from 2017-2018. Alongside coaching in the Mets organization, Rojas managed a team in the Dominican Winter League. Similarly to Terry Collins, Rojas knows this team, which is what the Mets need.
With Spring Training only a few weeks away, the Mets have little time to act. They are loaded with talent, and desperate for a return to October. Short term or long term, this is a very intriguing job for any candidate. New York thought they had the right man in Carlos Beltran, but it’s now on Brodie Van Wagenen to find a guy who can sail the ship. For now, all Mets fans can hope for is a manager who can properly handle the bullpen.