New York Yankees or New York Mets who has the better manager?

Aaron Boone, New York Yankees. New York Mets. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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New York Mets. New York Yankees.
Mickey Callaway, New York Mets. New York Yankees. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /

Mike Esposito, Contributor, Empire Writes Back

Let me just preface this by saying that my bias may be showing here, but I honestly think that Callaway is the better manager of the two. Yes, Boone skippered the Yankees to a 100-win season and a playoff appearance last year, but he was pretty much handed the keys to a Mercedes in his first year at the helm.

Callaway, on the other hand, might as well have been given a used car that continually broke down throughout the season. As fans can attest to, the Mets finished with a disappointing 77-85 record last year thanks to a plethora of bad injuries plaguing the squad. However, the team’s post-All-Star Break performance is pretty telling as to the kind of manager Callaway is.

Callaway had to field a “Quadruple-A” roster for most of the season but he somehow skippered the club to a 38-30 record after the All-Star Break last season. Pretty respectable considering what he had to work with, but what makes it more impressive is that those 38 wins were the most that any National League East team recorded in the second half and, more importantly, the exact same number of wins that the Yankees tallied in their second half of the year.

Now that he has a much more talented team to manage, I think Callaway can establish himself as one of the best managers in baseball if he leads the Mets to the postseason in year two.