Amazin' Clubhouse

Mets shouldn't hire a first-time manager like David Wright with team's championship window closing

New York's next manager could be right under its nose.

David Wright's career didn't end the way he envisioned it. A Hall of Fame career derailed by chronic back and neck issues curtailed the slugger's likelihood of becoming the franchise's leading player in most if not all statistical categories. 

Last September his career came to an anticlimatic end as he was granted the opportunity for one last start in front of the Citi Field faithful. The roars from that night as Mets fans bid their captain farewell, isn't a day I'll soon forget. 

Wright represented so much more than just a baseball player in Queens. He was the eternal optimist, and even collapses at the end of the 2007 and 2008 seasons couldn't wipe that glowing smile off his face. He was a media darling and just a solid all-around guy. 


His managers loved him and teammates adored him, so while Wright is no longer a voice in the locker room with the team, he's still employed by the Mets as an advisor in the front office. 

That begs the question, will Wright gain consideration for the Mets opening?

The short answer is: yes. 

The reality is the Amazin's are looking for a candidate with a polished coaching resume a la Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon, Dusty Baker, or Buck Showalter. When Mickey Callaway was hired he had zero experience as a manager and wanted to bring over his wealth of knowledge as a pitching coach for the Indians and his time pitching in major leagues to the job. 

New York had to watch a first year manager make many first year mistakes as a nightmarish June doomed the Mets both in 2018 and 2019. With a win-now roster, the Mets don't want to play the waiting game and watch another first-year manager grow into the job. 

The Mets are a few bullpen pieces away from competing for a pennant and while Wright has the makings of a potentially talented manager in baseball, the timing isn't right for the Wilpons to make an inexperienced hire with the team's championship window starting to close.