Peter Gammons makes his choice for the position of manager
A whole generation grew up watching Peter Gammons on ESPN. Late summer nights watching recaps and analysis made those days good in the pre-Internet era. Gammons, whose opinions aren’t always the most obvious, has pitched a few names for the New York Mets to hire this offseason.
Along with Brian Sabean and Ron Washington, Gammons dismissed Walt Weiss as the Mets’ next manager.
I don’t have much to say about Sabean or Washington. Their role with the Mets, as proposed by Gammons, is above my salary. Managers are easier to understand. While it doesn’t really matter if those above or below him on the totem pole below aren’t the right people, the Mets still need to hire the right guy to run the club in 2022.
Is Walt Weiss the right man to run the Mets?
Weiss doesn’t have a good track record as a manager. From 2013 to 2016, he was the guy who led the Colorado Rockies shots from the dugout. His 75-game winning season in 2016 was actually the best year he has had as a skipper. He would finish with a record 283-365 for a winning percentage of just 0.437.
A bad stint as manager shouldn’t take away the possibility for Weiss to return to work. These Rockies teams weren’t bad just because he was the manager.
For the past few years, Weiss has coached the Atlanta Braves bench. There has been much more success, although the contributions of a bench coach tend to vary. How much does he really matter to the success of the team?
Beyond what he can provide the Mets from the bench, Weiss has a connection to New York. He was born in Tuxedo and attended Suffern High School. It would be a bit of a homecoming for him if he actually landed the managerial job.
In the sea of potential management candidates for the Mets, Weiss is one of many to wonder. No favorites have yet emerged, with the emphasis on hiring a president of baseball operations. Weiss’ priority right now is helping the Braves defeat the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS. The urgency to hire the next manager is not quite there for the Mets. You want to get it right, not right away.