The New York Mets are in the midst of one of the most embarrassing stretches in franchise history.
On July 8, following the final game of the unofficial first half of the MLB regular season, the Mets were flying high and feeling good at six games over .500 (46-40) after winning seven-of-11 before the All-Star break.
Since then, things haven't gone anywhere but south.
The Mets entered the second half of the season a half-game back of the Atlanta Braves for the second wild-card spot, but have compiled a record of 23-43 as of Monday afternoon to fall 12.5 games out of the wild-card race.
That would indicate that a managerial change could be in order for the 2013 season. However, Terry Collins job appears safe (via ESPN).
The most logical replacement for Collins would be Wally Backman, former Met and manager of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
While there are numerous reasons Collins should be back next season, the pros of bringing in a new guy must be addressed. Surely, Collins excels in particular areas where Backman may not, but the same can be said of Backman.
This isn't meant as an attack on Collins or his managerial skills, but rather as reasons why Backman would be a smart choice for the job next season.