Callaway: Prepared for the Bright Lights of NYC

By / October 24, 2017 / Offseason

Who’s the leader of the club
That’s made for you and me

There are many who say Mickey Mouse can do a better job with the New York Mets than those who already are in charge. Well, ladies and gents, you now have your Mickey.

Meet Mickey Callaway. He hails from Texas, Anaheim and Cleveland. He has worked with managers Buck Showalter, Mike Sciocia, and Terry Francona. Each of these managers are among the top 25 with the most wins as a manager of a ballclub. He comes with high praises from those he has worked with including former New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians pitcher Joba Chamberlain.

“He isn’t over-analytical.” – Joba Chamberlain (Retired Pitcher)

He won’t have to be “over-analytical”. Leave that to the Mets fan base. They love to over-analyze. It’s a hobby. They may support him now, but give him about five games and see what they think after that. They’ll analyze every little detail. They’ll question every little move. They’ll question how he breathes. The man is under a magnifying glass.

“More times than not he takes what you have got and makes it better.” – Chamberlain

This is a good thing. Look at what the Mets are going to Spring Training with. More than half of the team will be going to Port St. Lucie coming back from injuries. Here you have a pitching coach that is now a manager. It will be interesting to see what Callaway has in mind for a team decimated by injuries and a poisoned clubhouse.

I can sit here and quote what people have to say about Mickey Callaway until Mr. Met comes home. It does not matter. What matters is how he is going to handle the pressures of New York City.

How is he going to handle a fan base that asks for blood when things go sideways? How will he handle the aggressive nature of the media who demand answers (even to some of the questions that can be answered by just watching the game)?

Is he capable of standing up to a player and not let the players dictate to him? This was a major problem I had with former manager Terry Collins. Too often players told him they wanted to play and were okay to play, only for the player to go down on the disabled list the very next day.

My advice to Mickey Callaway: Keep the media in their place. Turn off the television set and don’t listen to the radio. Do not read the newspapers or anything online.

Oh and here’s a great New York tip: Never apologize. It shows weakness. If people do not like what you did, that’s their problem.

I’m trying to keep an open mind. I would like to think some of what made Francona successful in Boston and in Cleveland has rubbed off on Callaway. As he says:

“[Francona] is the best out there, bar none. I couldn’t have been under anybody better to prepare me for this job in New York City.”

What do I think?

I love a manager who uses the term “aggressive”.

I think that if there were three words to describe what I’m looking for in players, it would be durable, it would be prepared and aggressive.

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