Could Benching Robinson Cano Help Mets Turn Things Around?

May 20, 2019 - 9:36 am

The Mets were swept over the weekend by the lowly Miami Marlins, have lost five straight games and managed just three hits in their last two outings.

Is it time for some changes in Flushing?

Manager Mickey Callaway's seat is now searing, although his job is reportedly safe for now. And while Boomer Esiason did criticize the Mets' skipper Monday morning, the WFAN morning host saved most of his anger for second baseman Robinson Cano, who failed to run out double plays twice in the Marlins series.

"I swear to God, I wanted to call Mickey Callaway and say bench the son of a bitch," Esiason said on the "Boomer and Gio" show. "Bench him. Bench him! Right now! Bench him! Enough!"

On Sunday, Cano stood and watched from near the batter's box as his tapper rolled back into fair territory in front of Miami catcher Chad Wallach, who fired to second base to start the double play. On Friday, Cano blamed a scoreboard error for not running hard on a double-play ball, believing there were already two outs.

"I don't want to hear that," Esiason said. "His ass should be benched. I don't care how good a hitter he is. I don't care what the back of his baseball card says. That is an absolute abject failure."

Cano, who was acquired in a December trade with the Seattle Mariners and is making $24 million this season, is hitting just .245 with three homers.

"We look at our second baseman, who has been PED suspended, who has gotten so much freaking money, who now basically is supposedly a leader of the team, and the leader of the team is embarrassing his manager," Esiason said. "And then by embarrassing his manager, his manager after the game is embarrassing himself by trying to explain away what the hell Robinson Cano is doing."

Esiason said the Mets' poor showing in Miami knowing their manager's job was on the line, revealed a lot about Callaway's leadership. 

"I like him," Esiason said of Callaway. "He's a really good guy, and he knows more baseball than I'll ever know. But the one thing that I do know is I know leadership and I know what leadership has to look like."

Esiason's co-host, Gregg Giannotti, said he'll be surprised if Cano is benched or Callaway is fired anytime soon.

"I would love to think that Mickey Callaway would flip a switch and pull Robinson Cano out of a game and bench him or sit him down tonight and say, 'This is disciplinary,'" Giannotti said. "Or I would love to think that Brodie Van Wagenen's going to say, 'We need a completely different personality. That's why I'm bringing in Buck Showalter. That's why we're going to throw a bunch of money at Joe Girardi.' But that will never happen for a number of reasons.

"One, general managers, first off, they don't want managers that have opinions any longer. They want a guy that they can funnel their bullcrap through, who's going to manage a clubhouse in the way that they wanted and be accepting of the general manager's ideas.

"The other part of it is the Mets don't want to pay a manager for not being there. ... (And) if you bring in Buck or Girardi, they're not working for peanuts."

To listen to the open from Monday's show, click on the audio player above.

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