Listen to me now and believe me later: Despite the Mets' remarkable preference for chaos, their suddenly available administrative job is desirable.
Therefore, the pressure on Brodie Van Wagenen to correct this increases.
Van Wagenen sniffed his first manager, Carlos Beltran, when the legendary former player was eliminated by Astros in the tsunami. Now there are two for the troubled general manager who is preparing for his second season. He should feel encouraged by the fact that he can choose from a crop that includes a bevy of seasoned managers (Mike Puma from Post reports Dusty Baker's bid has gained momentum, though there has been no contact since Friday afternoon ) Trainer, broadcaster – ESPN's Eduardo Perez was a strong opponent of Van Wagenen and his company a few months ago – and all other creative options that come to mind alongside the current Mets trainers.
Even if you consider the opening of the Mets to be less interesting than the vacancies that have just surfaced in Houston and Boston, you would still be in strong third place. Most who miss the management gigs of Astros and Red Sox would like to accept the Mets spot.
Why? Because your squad clearly has talent. And because you only have to watch Terry Collins' second career as a broadcaster to estimate how many doors can open for you if you get enough for a New York team.
That hasn't really changed since the Mets could have hired Joe Girardi to succeed Mickey Callaway in October last year. Van Wagenen could sooner rather than later persuade Girardi to pass on instead of letting him go to the neighboring Phillies. But that's not important at the moment.
What has changed is the canvas. When the Mets abandoned Callaway a year before his contract expired, they were one of eight teams looking for a new manager. This time they are one of only three who all want to win in 2020.
To be fair, the Mets are the only club in the trio that haven't won a World Series since 2017. As a group Beltran interviewed too late after participating in the "17 Astros" program. As the team that hires Jessica Mendoza, a consultant, who used her other job as an ESPN baseball commentator to beat whistleblower Mike Fiers for courageously calling his misbehaving former teammates in Houston. Yeesh. What a terrible look for the Mets, who exacerbated this embarrassment with Van Wagenen's ridiculous statement that "Jessica spoke as an ESPN analyst and not as a Mets spokeswoman." Where can the rest of us get jobs where we are not always held accountable for our words?
Of course, thanks to the number of more traditional front office employees, including pirate Ben Cherington, Indian Mike Chernoff and twins Thad Levine, who have given an interview, Van Wagenen will have his baseball operations after the 2018 season To lead Mets. There were concerns, among other things, about the franchise's focus on the profit zone and the strong commitment of the owners.
The difference here? Baseball Ops has become such a monolith that someone can make a difference, even if they're not the boss. However, there is a big gap between the trainer and the bank coach in the dugout. The 30 senior jobs are estimated.
There will be some numbers. David Wright, for example, enjoys his life in Southern California as a part-time advisor. However, most of the candidates whose names are known would encounter an offer from Mets.
If Van Wagenen does not have all the tickets here and the Astros and Red Sox also buy skippers, the GM of the Mets has enough missteps thanks to the roster that he helped build and the stage he took on despite his appearance. He has no one else to blame if he cannot play this hand successfully.