Betting on the All-Star game seems like the kind of thing that might finally convince someone they have a serious gambling problem, so I’ll pass this along purely from a “this is sort of interesting” standpoint: Tonight the American League are -140 favorites over the National League.
For the non-degenerates in the crowd, that means to win $100 betting on the American League to win you’d have to risk $140. For that to be profitable the AL would have win about 60 percent of the time (they’re the “home” team and home teams during the regular season have won 52 percent of the time).
On one hand the National League has actually won back-to-back All-Star games. On the other hand the American League has won interleague play every season since 2004. And on a third hand … don’t bet on the All-Star game.
As you no doubt saw already, Mets manager Mickey Callaway had a bad day yesterday. After some testy exchanges with the media over his bullpen use, he blew up at Newsday reporter Tim Healey after Healey told Callaway that he’d see him tomorrow, which Callaway took as sarcastic. Then Jason Vargas unhelpfully piled on, walking toward Healey and threatening him with violence. Healy spoke to his Newsday colleague David Lennon and explained the whole thing here. He’s pretty even-handed about it.
Callaway was already thought to be on at least moderately thin ice as Mets manager given his team’s underachievement this year. Thin ice or not, it’s not unreasonable to say that his behavior yesterday is something that a lot of teams would think of as a fireable offense. At the very least leaders in other businesses would think that way if one of their public-facing employees treated a reporter who covered him in that manner. In addition to it simply being bad form, it raises questions about Callaway’s temperament and his ability to handle pressure and adversity.
The Mets, however, do not seem to consider the matter to raise to that level. While they offered apologies to Healey and vowed that that he will be welcome in the clubhouse — for which Healey was appreciative — Callaway will be back to work as usual today, with the Mets announcing this morning that he will hold his usual pre-game press conference at 4PM in advance of tonight’s game against the Phillies.
Tell me: if you’re the GM or owner of a team and your manager does that, do you keep him? What do you do?