Listen to me now and believe me later: Despite the Mets’ remarkable penchant for chaos, their suddenly available managing job is a desirable one.
Hence the pressure intensifies on Brodie Van Wagenen to get this one right.
Van Wagenen whiffed on his first managerial hire, Carlos Beltran, when the legendary former player got wiped out in the Astros’ sign-stealing tsunami, so now it’s take two for the beleaguered general manager as he prepares for his second season. He should feel heartened by the reality that he can pick from a crop that includes a gaggle of accomplished managers (The Post’s Mike Puma reports Dusty Baker’s candidacy has gained steam, though there hadn’t been any contact as of Friday afternoon), other teams’ coaches, broadcasters — ESPN’s Eduardo Perez fared strongly with Van Wagenen and company a few months back — and whatever other creative options come to mind in addition to current members of the Mets’ coaching staff.
Even if you rank the Mets’ opening as less intriguing than the vacancies that just emerged in Houston and Boston, it would rank a strong third. Most who miss out on the Astros’ and Red Sox’s managing gigs would…