The MLB season is coming to a close, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros are set to battle for the World Series title. Unfortunately, two of the thirty franchises that were unable to reach this destination in 2017 happened to be the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. In result, we witnessed both front offices depart from their managers this past week, as both John Farrell and Terry Collins were let go.
The Red Sox on one hand elected to hire Alex Cora, the former shortstop who represented the Red Sox from 2005-08, where he would win himself a World Series ring in the process.
Previously a part of the Astros’ bench staff, Cora will be tagged as the 47th manager in Red Sox franchise history. In addition, Cora is set to become the 22nd former-player to emerge as a manager for Boston, and is the first to do so since Butch Hobson from 1992-94.
With a three-year deal under his belt, as well as a club option for 2021, the gamble on Cora will either be viewed as a hit or a miss, with no in between.
Over in the NL, the Mets have chosen Cleveland Indians Pitching Coach Micky Callaway to be hired as the manager of New York. After an underwhelming 70-92 regular season, a change in scenery for the Mets seemed needed to an extent. While Alex Cora was interviewed for the position, the franchise has left their short-term future in the hands of Callaway.
Let’s not undervalue what Callaway has been able to accomplish with Cleveland, as he has molded the pitching staff into one of the most elite in the MLB. With a league-leading 102 wins this past season, there is no telling what changes will occur within New York.
After ongoing issues with Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Zach Wheeler, could we see the Mets starting pitching come around for years to come?
Both franchises have made logical moves within their managerial positions, but who will fulfill their legacy? Neither Cora or Callaway have debuted as a manager, yet both have experience behind the scenes within the MLB.
The Red Sox have secured themselves 90+ wins in three of the last five seasons, with back-to-back division titles at hand. Meanwhile, the Mets have secured 90+ wins once in the last five seasons, with the last time occurring in 2015, a season in which they dropped the World Series to the Kansas City Royals in a five-game set.
Cora may have the better situation at hand, but the standards are some of the highest in sports. Callaway on the other hand is walking into an endless amount of variables where he will contain full control of the Mets, for better or for worse.
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