The New York Mets have started the second half of the season strong by taking two of three from the Rockies in their first series after the All-Star Break. However, no matter how well the rest of this season goes for the Mets, it is very likely that 2017 is the last year that Terry Collins will be the Manager of the club. This is less about the Mets performance and more about the health and age of the 68 year-old skipper in the last season of his contract. Collins even mentioned before this season, that there is a very good chance that this would be his last rodeo in a big-league uniform due to health issues. So with the Mets, 13 games back in the NL East what better time to talk about a management change then the present?
For what seemed like forever, Wally Backman was the obvious choice to manage the Mets when the position was to open. Once Alderson and Backman had a falling out, that resulted in Backman’s resignation from the Las Vegas 51’s (Mets AAA Affiliate), the position has been up for grabs.
The hands down, best option for the Mets would be to name David Wright the manager of the club. Yes, Captain America should manage the Mets – and here is why. Its time to face the music, Wright’s career in the hot corner is all but over.
Even if he eventually comes back from this spinal injury, there is no telling as to what kind of player he will be after being away for so long. Additionally, spinal stenosis is a serious condition, if something were to happen while playing he could endanger his future well-being – something that no father should be willing to risk. Financially, this would not cost the Mets any additional money; David is still under contract until 2020.
The situation is vaguely reminiscent of Jake Taylor’s in Major League 2. Guys like Mike Matheny and the Cardinals have proven that the transition from Big League player to Big League coach is something that can go very smoothly. The current guys on the team, management, and the front office respect Wright; he is only the fourth captain in the clubs 55 years of existence. David earned his nickname of Captain America because of his leadership on and off the field for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball classic, it is safe to say that Wright could lead just about anyone.
Terry catches a lot of flack, but he did lead the Amazins’ to two playoff appearances and the 2015 World Series. If David Wright were to call the shots, The 7 Line Army and the rest of Mets nations would be thrilled. Not to mention, Wright has a great baseball IQ and could definitely help the club win more games.
Just go back to this article when the number five is retired for David’s accomplishments as a player and a coach.