“It’s gonna take a miracle” – Mickey Callaway

Mets manager Mickey Callaway was on WFAN and while speaking with Mike Francesa the manager was asked “Where is this team right now?”

Callaway said “We’re in a tough spot. It’s gonna take a miracle… I’ve seen miracles before”

Callaway then went to speak about it being the 50-year anniversary of the ’69 “Miracle Mets”, in which how they made an almost impossible comeback to eventually win the World Series.

He also added “We’re optimistic we can get this thing going.”

I don’t know if he’s talking about himself at this point because I know I’d be most optimistic about Callaway going and possibly opening a door for Joe Girardi.

Source: SNY.tv

The end is nigh for young Callaway

It’s time to fire Mickey Callaway.

Now, that’s not the hottest take out there – in fact, this is just one of many columns you’ll see written in the next few hours that makes this same “bold proclamation.”

However, I was one of those guys supporting Mickey. Even through the losses to the Reds and Brewers at the beginning of the month and the pathetic showing against the Padres, I still wasn’t sold on the idea that the Mets needed to make an immediate change. After getting swept and one-hit by the Marlins (one-hit by committee, no less) it’s time for Mickey to pack his things and return to the pitching coach ranks.

The lovable loser that Callaway had become, is no longer so lovable as the Mets sink deeper and deeper below .500.

After being in the top 5 overall for batting average earlier in the season, the Mets have dropped to 16th. The Mets team pitching ERA has improved slightly to 4.54, 12th in MLB – still not good enough for a rotation as strong as the Mets have.

Three out of four of Noah Syndergaard’s most recent starts have been quality starts, including the complete game shutout, where he had to provide the game’s only run with his second solo home run of the season. Today, Noah pitched 7 innings, giving up only 2 runs on 5 hits, but the Mets lost the game, because they were shut out.

It’s not just what can be shown in the stat book however, even though that is damning enough. SNY TV posted the following on their twitter saying that “Listless. No energy. Something Missing. Pathetic. Something needs to change” were many of the comments overheard from “several veteran evaluators, executives and former players” said after the Mets 2-0 loss on Saturday.

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That was the game before the Mets were one-hit on Sunday.

So, if it’s a given that Mickey’s days are numbered – and lets hope they are, in the immortal words of President Josiah Bartlet, “what’s next?”

WFAN’s Sal Licata said on Twitter, “Buck, Backman, Girardi.” He added “or bust” on a later tweet.

Licata tweet.jpgI’m not sure I agree entirely. Wally Backman is a fan favorite, because of his hard-nose attitude both as a player and a manager, but he really wore out his welcome in the Mets organization when he was the Manager of the Las Vegas 51’s. The fact that he had trouble finding a job after his departure there is also very telling.

Buck Showalter would be an interesting choice. The middle of the road between the three options laid out by Licata. Showalter also has a hard-nose attitude, but it comes with a quality MLB managerial record and a lot of respect across the league.

Joe Girardi, however, is a bit of a no-brainer. He doesn’t have a job, he knows the New York media very well, having been manager of the crosstown Bronx Bombers, whom he led to a World Series victory in 2009 and he has National League coaching experience, having coached the (then) Florida Marlins in 2006 – while collecting the NL Manager of the Year award along the way.

Robin Ventura, Jim Riggleman and Dusty Baker are some other names that have been bandied about as possible replacements, but I think, if the Mets decide to go outside of the organization, rather than promoting Riggleman, I think Licata named the three top candidates.

The reality of the situation, however, is that the Mets foresaw this as a possibility and that’s likely why Riggleman was brought in. Riggleman is well respected across the league and also possesses a rougher exterior than Mickey Calloway, despite his mediocre MLB managerial record. There’s no way to know how much things would change under Riggleman, were that to happen, however, if Riggleman’s body language and longer conversations with Callaway are any indication, the managerial styles might be quite different.

Regardless of who steps into the still burning hot seat after Callaway’s departure, it’s time for him to go. Last season’s mishaps could be easily explained away as “on-the-job training” or “rookie mistakes”, however, it’s his sophomore year and such performance is no longer tenable.

Mets Junkies Exclusive Interview: Al Dukes (Producer) from “Boomer & Gio”

By Gino Gallo,

Hello, I’m here with Al Dukes Producer of the most popular morning show in The Country. Al has agreed to give some insight on the New York Mets Along with a few other things.

Gino: Good Afternoon Al, how are you doing buddy?

Al: Oh hi there Gino

Gino: So Al, the Mets have started out pretty good, But that’s not something we haven’t seen before……Do you think this season can be different? Can this team Sustain?

Al: The baseball season is so long it’s impossible to predict this early on. Check back with me at the All Star Break

Gino: So coming into the season we heard a lot about Pete Alonso…..So far so good, How long does he have to hit this way before we can say we have a legit All Star first baseman?

Al: He has to hit this way until at least the All Star Break. Evidently this is my measuring stick

Gino: Because of Dominic Smith’s excellent start, Do you think perhaps he is being, not shafted, but maybe a little bit buried do to Alonso’s fast start?

Al: Yes, he is second fiddle to Alonso right now…but that could change…by the All Star Break J

Gino: Do you think this Bullpen straightens itself out?

Al: I hate bullpens. They always ruin great games by the starters

Gino: Al, between you Gio, Boomer, Jerry, and Eddie, Who is the most optimistic regarding the Mets this year?

Al: Probably Boomer…then Eddie…then Jerry…then Me…then Gio

Gino: Currently, who is your favorite Met? Who tickles your fancy Al?

Al: I’m going to go with Jacob deGrom as my favorite Met right now

Gino: So the Mets have this bad habit of bringing up their good prospects at advanced ages…..McNeil looks awesome but hes 27, Degrom didn’t come up till he was 26, Even Alonso is 24…….The Braves and Nats and many other teams have their guys up at 19 20 years old, Do you think the Minor league player development is a problem?

Al: This question is way too deep for me

Gino: Ok Al, here’s the real pressure cooker question, Boomer and Gio, Have made several references to your beautiful girl Gina……As a neurotic mildly Social awkward guy ( As am I ) How did you do it? Was it Confidence? Was it a perfect personality match, or was it luck? (Don’t answer this if you don’t want just trying to be affable with the readers)

Al: Well, it took until my late 40’s that I finally realized women like a funny guy and it doesn’t really matter what you look like unless you are a complete mess. Plus, texting and connecting on Facebook messenger is easier than actually speaking to someone so it’s easier to reach out that way. That’s how I did it

Gino: ok Al let’s here it finish this sentence for The “Mets end this season………”

Al: By missing the playoffs…