New York Mets won 86 games this season, but it turned out that this wasn’t enough for them to reach the playoffs or for manager Mickey Callaway to keep his job. The Mets confirmed on Thursday that they have fired Callaway after two seasons.
Callaway joined the Mets in 2017 as the 21st manager in the team’s history and posted a 163–161 (.503) record during his time with the organization.
“We want to thank Mickey for his consistent work ethic and dedication over the last two seasons, and I’m certain these characteristics will serve him well in his next opportunity,” – said Mets’ general manager Brodie Van Wagenen in a statement. “A decision like this is never easy, however, we believe it is in the best interest of the franchise at this time.”
According to reports, Van Wagenen and the team’s chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon met with Callaway on Thursday morning to discuss the previous season and the best way for the organization to move forward. The meeting resulted in Callaway being relieved of his duties and Mets joining the growing list of teams that will be looking for a new manager.
Mickey Callaway played in MLB as a pitcher, spending time with Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Anaheim Angels, and Texas Rangers during his short career. He also played in South Korea with Hyundai Unicorns.
Callaway started his coaching career with Cleveland Indians, where he served as a pitching coach between 2013 and 2017. He was hired by the Mets in October 2017 as a replacement for retired Terry Collins.