The other day Yoenis Céspedes, who was already in the process of recovering from last year’s season-ending surgery on his foot — suffered multiple ankle fractures from an accident on his ranch. Yesterday he underwent surgery and is, once again, expected to miss the remainder of the season as a result.
It wasn’t certain that Céspedes was going to make it back in any meaningful way in 2018 as it is, but obviously it’s somewhat less than ideal to, you know, suffer multiple broken bones in your ankles when you’re a professional athlete. At some point I’m sure we’ll get the story of just what happened to Céspedes — initial reports were that he fell off a horse, then that was quickly amended to a report that he did not fall off a horse — but either way it means at least two lost seasons in a row for the guy.
Céspedes turns 34 in October. He’s making $29 million this season and $29 million next season on the four-year, $110 million deal he inked following the 2016 season. That means that, assuming he heals properly, he’ll almost certainly be back at Mets camp for one more go-around in 2020, but it’s not insane to think that, at this point, his baseball career is in serious jeopardy.
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?