Round and round and round we go. For the fifth time in a five-year span, the Mets are searching for another manager.
Following Terry Collins’ stretch at the helm from 2011-17, the Mets have gone through three managers and recorded losing records in three of their last four seasons. From Mickey Callaway to Carlos Beltran (who never managed a game) to Luis Rojas, the Amazin’s are 266-280 in that span. The club has hired three consecutive first-time managers since October 2017 with zero playoff appearances to show for it.
Now, Mets owner Steve Cohen is looking for an individual who will not only stay with the organization for a while, but most importantly, will win. Keep in mind, the manager who lands the job will depend entirely on whom the Mets hire for president of baseball operations.
Here’s an early look at the names that have surfaced for Mets managerial candidates:
Washington, currently Atlanta’s third-base coach, won two American League pennants as manager of the Rangers from 2007-2014. Washington went 664-611 across eight years as skipper in Texas and made it to the World Series in 2010 and 2011. The 69-year-old has coached for the Braves since 2017, becoming the club’s infield defense guru, and is widely credited for the development of Atlanta’s young stars. Washington is an accomplished, veteran managerial candidate for the Mets who is already familiar with the NL East and the organization. He served as a minor-league coach for the Mets for five years in the 1990s.
He was a finalist for the Braves’ managerial vacancy in 2016 before the gig went to Brian Snitker, who currently holds the position. Washington is again being considered by the Padres, according to MLB Network, and he was the runner-up in 2019 behind San Diego’s former skipper Jayce Tingler.