Steve Phillips: "I Would Hire Joe Girardi In A Second"

Phillips explains why Girardi is "the go-to-guy" for the Mets

Taz and the Moose
October 09, 2019 - 9:22 am
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After firing Mickey Callaway, who went 163-161 in two seasons, the Mets are looking for a manager. Any number of candidates could replace Callaway, including Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter.

What should the Mets do?

“I think one of the things that’s really going to be important is somebody that can handle the media,” former Mets executive and current Sirius XM MLB analyst Steve Phillips said on Taz & The Moose. “That doesn’t mean they have to have experience in a large market, but they need to have somebody that really understands how to answer the questions. When you don’t, we see all the other work that has to go into cleaning up the mess. And so, you want to avoid the mess. I think that having some experience, large-market experience, is good.”

The Mets, who went 86-76 this season, got off to a slow start but missed the Wild Card by just three games.

“I personally think that if you’re in a win-now position, going with a rookie manager just doesn’t seem to make as much sense to me,” Phillips said. “You need somebody who understands the X’s and O’s, understands where to take the game analytically. Although the Mets aren’t the most advanced analytics team, I think it’s certainly part of it.”

If it were up to Phillips, the Mets’ search wouldn’t last long.

“I would hire Joe Girardi in a second,” he said. “He can handle New York; you’ve got some element of competition with the Yankees, which is a nice storyline; you’ve got a guy that’s a win-now manager; he’s blended young players and veterans; and I think there’s some part of him that wouldn’t mind a second crack at it in New York. To me, he’d be the go-to guy.”