Who will handle the Mets subsequent? 4 candidates to exchange Luis Rojas
There’s by no means been a staff in MLB historical past that had a season fairly just like the Mets did in 2021.
Positive, there are groups which have up-and-down years and undergo hot-and-cold stretches, however none to the extent of the Mets.
Because of these combined outcomes, the Mets introduced Monday that second-year supervisor Luis Rojas wouldn’t have his opton prolonged.
Rojas was employed on Jan. 22, 2020, after the Mets’ first selection — Carlos Beltrán — and the staff mutually agreed to half methods in gentle of Beltran’s function within the Astros’ signal stealing scandal.
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Earlier than being named supervisor, Rojas spent 13 years with the Mets and their varied minor league associates. In his two seasons on the helm of the massive league membership, he went 103-119 and did not make the playoffs each years.
The Mets job is the primary managerial opening of the 2021-22 offseason.
Here is who proprietor Steve Cohen and staff president Sandy Alderson ought to contemplate as they appear to exchange Rojas and attempt to construct a staff that may get again to the playoffs for the primary time since 2016.
Beltrán’s most likely the obvious selection among the many potential candidates, provided that he was really the Mets’ supervisor for all of some hours again in January 2020. The Mets named Beltrán their supervisor however then the 2 sides agreed to half methods after it was revealed that he was closely concerned within the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal as a participant in 2017.
Consequently, the Mets tried to save lots of face and promoted from inside, touchdown on Rojas because the supervisor.
But when it actually was Beltrán’s involvement within the scandal that damage his possibilities at turning into supervisor the primary time, he is bought precedent on his aspect now.
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Two different key figures from the scandal — former Astros supervisor A.J. Hinch and former Astros bench coach Alex Cora — every returned to main league dugouts as managers after serving one-year suspensions.
Hinch resurfaced with the Tigers and led them to a 77-85 file this season, his first with the membership. Cora was the supervisor of the Pink Sox from 2018 to 2019 and gained the 2018 World Sequence earlier than MLB’s report got here out implicating him within the Astros scandal. He was then suspended for the 2020 season however returned as supervisor this yr.
The Mets clearly had curiosity in Beltrán earlier than, and given the nine-time All-Star’s ties to town and the staff, it made sense then and it nonetheless is smart now.
Washington has loved a pleasant second act within the majors because the third-base coach and infield protection grasp in Atlanta, the place he is been since 2017.
However earlier than that, he was an achieved supervisor in his personal proper, going 664-612 in additional than 1,200 video games main the Rangers from 2007 to 2014. Whereas in Texas, he gained two division titles and made it to the World Sequence in 2010 and 2011. He resigned with 21 video games left within the 2014 season after stories surfaced he had an extramarital affair, which he confirmed. He additionally examined constructive for cocaine in 2009, at which level he provided his resignation to the Rangers entrance workplace, which they rejected.
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Washington is 69 years previous, however there are a number of distinguished and profitable lively managers — Chicago’s Tony LaRussa (76), Houston’s Dusty Baker (72) Los Angeles’ Joe Maddon (67), Colorado’s Bud Black (64) — who’re all properly over 60 and nonetheless proving they’ve what it takes to run a serious league membership.
The opposite issues Washington has stepping into his favor are his familiarity with the NL East, his means to attach with youthful gamers and his means to mould strong defensive expertise — three areas with which the Mets have struggled lately. He was additionally a finalist for the Braves’ managerial emptiness in 2016.
If Washington is considering managing once more, the Mets owe him a name.
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A blast from the Mets’ previous, Randolph already served one stint in Flushing, going 302-253 from 2005 to 2008 with an NL East title and three successful seasons underneath his belt.
He was additionally the sufferer of probably the most uncommon firings in MLB historical past, when then-general supervisor Omar Minaya fired Randolph hours after a 9-6 highway victory over the Angels in the midst of the evening. Because of the timing, most individuals did not discover out till Minaya put out a press launch at 3:12 a.m. informing everybody of his determination.
Earlier than his firing in 2008, the Mets had been 34-35 and 6 1/2 video games out of first place. He was changed by bench coach Jerry Manuel, who went 55-38 the remainder of the way in which and led the Mets to their solely successful season till 2015.
Not like Washington, Randolph hasn’t loved a training renaissance, final spending time in an enormous league dugout in 2011 when he was the bench and third base coach for the Orioles underneath Buck Showalter.
Possibly a shock identify and a protracted shot, however Venable is in his first season as a bench coach with the Pink Sox. Earlier than that, nonetheless, the 38-year previous spent 4 seasons with the Cubs, together with two as first base coach and the 2020 season as third base coach.
A nine-year MLB veteran, Venable can also be shut with longtime entrance workplace government and grasp rebuilder of groups Theo Epstein, who has lately been related to openings within the Mets’ entrance workplace.
Venable can be one of many youngest managers within the league if he bought the gig, however he comes from having coached underneath Joe Maddon and Alex Cora and has come from two groups that, in contrast to the Mets, are accustomed to successful lately.