The resume speaks for itself, and includes a World Series ring in 2009 and six playoff appearances as manager of the New York Yankees.
Not too shabby. Plus, when you consider how Girardi navigated the team through the twilight games of the aging players combined with ushering in a new core of young talent, he had the look and feel of the perfect successor to Mickey Callaway.
Experience, New York savy and a flat-out winner.
Too good to be true right? Of course.
Last Thursday, Joe Girardi was announced as the next manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Double Whammy!
Girardi’s winning experience and steady hand not only doesn’t end up with the Mets, he finds his way to a team in the same division that the Amazin’s will face for close to 20 games every season.
The presence of Joe Girardi with the rival down I-95 should not be a comforting thought to a Mets fan.
Now, the Mets pool of candidates features a lot of inexperience. Is it possible that Tim Bogar or Eduardo Perez turns out to be the next Alex Cora or Aaron Boone? Sure.
It’s also possible that choice turns out to be the next Mickey Callaway.
The Mets will try to sell you on the fact that it’s necessary to have a collaboration between the general manager and the next manager, whoever the winds up being.
That’s fine, and if the Mets had a GM who had the track record and experience of Theo Epstein or Brian Cashman, I could give the choice the benefit of the doubt.
With Brodie Van Wagen at the helm, that’s difficult for me to do.
I hope there’s an about-face and an experienced choice ends up getting the job, but I get the sense the Mets will go down the same road as they did just two offseasons ago.
I’m not banking on this decision aging well for the Mets.
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