I’m a long-suffering fan of the Mets and over the past two years, I’ve had to deal with the underwhelming leadership of Mickey Callaway as the team’s manager. Callaway was never a manager and it showed. He was a successful pitching coach of the Cleveland Indians and he did a heck of a job in mismanaging the rotation and bullpen as Mets manager. So when Mickey was fired, the hope was that the Mets would hire an inexperienced manager. Well, they didn’t. They picked future Hall of Famer and former Met Carlos Beltran. I knew that successful managers weren’t going to get the job because the General Manager wouldn’t be able to control a Joe Girardi or Buck Showalter. Since Brodie Van Wegeman was going to pick the manager as general manager, he was going to pick a candidate that he could control.
The point is that when hiring employees, hire the best people for the job. Never let your ego or standing get in the way of hiring the best candidates available, period. If you’re incompetent and you just want to hire employees that are worse than you, they’re still going to eventually find out that you’re not up to the task.