I think this is unfortunate, as Melvin would be a change of face, but not a change of type.
Melvin is a tinkerer who had, and lost, two managerial jobs in a relatively short span of time. Moreover, he is sub-.500 as a manager, and despite some success, his teams quickly floundered under his leadership.
In Melvin's first season as a MLB manager, he led the Mariners to a 93-69 record...and followed that with a 63-99 disaster and was dismissed.
He then went to the Diamondbacks, had two sub-.500 seasons, followed by 90 win and 82 win seasons, and was dismissed after starting the 2009 campaign 12-17.
Melvin took his teams to the playoffs a grand total of one time, in 2007, and they were swept by the Rockies in 4 games.
It's not exactly a proud record of consistent success.
Which brings us to another line of thinking....why not give Chip Hale a chance?
Chip Hale is the Mets current third base coach and has 6 years of minor league managerial experience under his belt and led his team to the Pacific Coast League championship in 2006 before receiving the call to become a major league coach.
He is a baseball guy, a thoughtful person, and he has quickly gained the respect of the players on the team.
Though I am usually against the "interim" tag, I believe this year it's warranted. The Mets are on the cusp of losing their season, and making a change at the top is the first step in righting this ship.
Chip Hale would have three quarters of a season to make his case, and I personally believe he would demonstrate to all that he is worthy of the position long-term.
Chip Hale Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2000||Missoula Osprey||Pioneer League||44-32||2nd||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|2001||Missoula Osprey||Pioneer League||52-24||2nd||Arizona Diamondbacks||Lost in 1st round|
|2002||El Paso Diablos||Texas League||76-62||2nd||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|2004||Tucson Sidewinders||Pacific Coast League||74-70||7th||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|2005||Tucson Sidewinders||Pacific Coast League||68-76||11th (t)||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|2006||Tucson Sidewinders||Pacific Coast League||91-53||1st||Arizona Diamondbacks||League Champs|