6 Potential Replacements For Mickey Callaway

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By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Now that Mickey Callaway is out as Mets manager, who might be taking his place next season? Here is a handful of guys to keep an eye on as possible replacements.

JOE GIRARDI

Girardi obviously has plenty of experience managing in New York. He was the Yankees' manager from 2008-17 and has been honest about his desire to return to a dugout somewhere in the league. The 54-year-old won a world championship as the Bombers' skipper in 2009 and was named National League Manager of the Year with the Marlins in 2006. He has spent the past two seasons as an analyst on the MLB Network and as a regular guest on WFAN.

There could be a few teams after Girardi’s services this offseason, but the Mets would be able to offer him a roster that already has quite a few young, talented players. It’s unclear how Girardi would get along with Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen or the Wilpons, as the Mets have a slightly different way of doing business than the Yankees do.

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JOE MADDON

Maddon’s Cubs fell apart at the end of this season. They were in playoff position for much of the year, but a nine-game losing streak in September was their undoing. General manager Theo Epstein announced that Maddon’s contract would not be renewed, and now he’s back on the market after five years in Chicago.

The 65-year-old has also won a World Series, but it looks like he might be destined for the Angels job. ESPN reported that Maddon will interview for the vacancy left open following the dismissal of Brad Ausmus. Maddon spent 31 years working for the Angels in various positions.

He’d be a real coup for the Mets, but they may have already missed their chance.

BUCK SHOWALTER

The Orioles lost 115 games in 2018, which triggered the end of Showalter’s time with the franchise. Showalter spent nine years in Baltimore before the Orioles declined to renew his contract. He has also managed the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers, but he has never won it all.

The ending of Showalter’s stint with the Orioles could leave a sour taste in the mouth of possible employers. The 63-year-old also isn’t the biggest fan of analytics, and seems unlikely the Mets would overlook that with Van Wagenen involved in the hiring process.

BOB GEREN

Geren didn’t have a ton of success during his five years spent managing the Athletics from 2007-2011. None of those A’s teams made the playoffs.

He does have some familiarity with the Mets organization. From 2012-15, he was the bench coach in Queens. Since then, he has held the same role with the Dodgers, who’ve reached two consecutive World Series and are the favorites once again to win the NL pennant.

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JOE ESPADA

Espada has never been a manager in the big leagues, but he has been one of A.J. Hinch’s main advisers as the Astros' bench coach since 2017. In both 2013 and 2017, he was Puerto Rico’s coach during the World Baseball Classic.

The 44-year-old would be a surprising hire, but the Mets could decide to take a chance on a younger guy who they think has the potential to be a good manager. ESPN's Buster Olney reported last month that if Callaway were fired, the Mets would likely consider Espada.

BRAD AUSMUS 

The Angels fired Ausmus this week after just one year in charge. His tenure in Anaheim was disappointing given the talent that was present on the team’s roster.

Ausmus was more of a hot commodity after his time in Detroit, but he admittedly doesn’t look very appealing now after his one-and-done with the Angels.