Carlos Beltran’s departure from the Mets last week amid the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing caper has left general manager Brodie Van Wagenen hunting for a second manager this offseason.
If the Mets have an advantage over the Astros and Red Sox, who are also looking for new managers at this late date as a result of MLB’s investigation into the sign-stealing, it’s they are only three months removed from conducting a full search and have familiarity with the possibilities.
Below is a look at potential candidates for the Mets opening, only three weeks before the team’s pitchers and catchers will report to spring training.
Pros: He’s guided four different teams (Giants, Cubs, Reds and Nationals) to the postseason over a 22-year managerial career in which he has complied an 1,863-1,636 (.532) record. Baker is well-regarded for his presence and communication skills and would bring instant credibility to the position at a time the Mets are healing from the Beltran mess. The demands of dealing with the New York media would hardly faze Baker.
Cons: At 70 years old, does Baker still have the energy to manage a major league team? There are also questions…