Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |
The Mets do not expect to make a formal announcement about the future of manager Mickey Callaway until after the season ends on Sunday.
According to people with direct knowledge of the process, team brass plans to meet early next week to discuss their decision. Those people insist that nothing is final.
Internally, the front office feels that the team was talented enough to reach the postseason, so by that definition has underachieved.
For most of the year, there was a strong expectation that the Mets would move on from Callaway after the season. Their thinking was that the fall would present a better opportunity to launch a thoughtful search for a better fit. In June, one team source noted that the team would want to request permission to speak with coaches employed by other clubs, and couldn't do that in-season.
The team's surprising entry into the National League Wild Card race created a bit more uncertainty about Callaway, who is under contract for next year.
But multiple people connected to the team have maintained following Wednesday night's elimination that they will be surprised if Callaway stays. That is less newsy than it seems, given that he was never expected to last more than a year under a general manager who did not hire him. That expectation has not changed.
All of this is likely to remain informed speculation until the front office meets after the season ends.