Here we go again, the best manager available on the market and we can’t get him. To make matters worse, he signs with our division rival Phillies. I’ll tell you what: whoever Brodie Van Wagenen does hire, they go up or down together.
Do the Mets have to make everything hard? I mean, Beltran played for us, had some great years as a player, is a borderline HOF’er and seems like an all-around likeable guy who would especially appeal to the Latino players on the club. But like Mickey Callaway did before the Mets hired him, Beltran also has zero managing experience (at least Callaway was a pitching coach) and thus would need someone with a wealth of experience to serve as his bench coach. And I get whole ex-players-with-no-managing-experience-becoming-managers being a trend of late, but when you got the kind of experience, know-how, passion and winning that comes with Joe Girardi, to me should be a no-brainer: hire Girardi already.