Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |
A fresh perspective is what we need in Queens. Let me rephrase, a young, fresh perspective who can better relate to players is what we need in Queens.
And the Mets have that right now with Mickey Callaway. Soon, they may also have it with their pitching coach, and with their head of training -- at least the fresh perspective part anyway.
Why is this exciting? Because after last season, changes needed to be made. And they have been. We will have new faces making decisions and calling the shots on the field. And that's part of what this organization needed.
Was this because the organization listened to the pulse of their fan base? It was no secret that the majority of Mets fans wanted Terry Collins gone, and even more Mets fans were calling for the firing of Ray Ramirez. That could have played a part in it -- we are the ones who buy tickets and generate revenue.
But, it could also be the fact that the injuries, the miscommunication, and the absolute failure of the 2017 season couldn't be ignored. And the fact that changes are being made is a breath of fresh air.
The 2018 Mets team will be full of young players who have the potential to make it big, and who want to prove themselves on a big stage, in a big city. The 2018 Mets now also have a young manager, who is known for relating to players, and who also wants to prove himself on a big stage, in a big city.
The fact that Callaway is known for getting along with his players and communicating well with his players is something that shouldn't be taken lightly.
We saw countless forms of miscommunication this past season -- from the organization not knowing about Steven Matz's diagnosis to Noah Syndergaard flat out refusing an MRI, and that's yet another thing that needs to be changed. And bringing in a new manager -- one that players have felt comfortable with in this past -- is a step toward fixing this communication issue.
Will everything be fixed in the span of one season? As much as I wish it could be, that may not be possible. But, the Mets are on the right track.
And the kids need to grow. They need a manager to not only help them grow, but to grow with them. And from everything I have heard about Callaway, he seems to be the type of guy who can help this process along. I'm excited to watch him interact with Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, and Michael Conforto. And with his background as a pitching coach, I'm very excited to watch him work with the starting rotation, and curious to see how the new pitching coach -- reportedly Dave Eiland -- will do in place of Dan Warthen.
Clean starts are good. And it's about time for the Mets to have theirs.