Mets' Mickey Callaway: ‘Synergy Unbelievable’ Ahead Of 2019 Season

February 23, 2019 - 3:07 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Manager Mickey Callaway begins his season with the Mets after a roller coaster of a season last year.

He talked with WCBS 880’s Ed Coleman ahead of the Mets’ first spring training game against the Atlanta Braves in sunny Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Listen to the full Mickey Callaway interview:

A lot of people might think Callaway may be looking over his shoulder with the new GM and front office, but he says that’s not the case.

Callaway said the team looks good, the new additions have been very promising and there’s confidence in the air. 

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He says the depth is also better, the pitching staff is back and healthy, and the overall culture that new GM Brodie Van Wagenen brought has trickled down to him and the players.

“They’re giving me confidence,” Callaway said. “Brodie gave them confidence in the way he built this team. And we’re going to go out there and do everything we can every single day to prepare ourselves to be the best we can.”

Callaway says the team and management are in sync.

“The synergy here is unbelievable. Not just what we’re doing on the field, but the things that nobody sees.”

Callaway says things got better for him and the team in the second half of last season as he got more comfortable with the role. 

“When you’re going into a job like this, some things are, you know, foreign,” he said. “And they’re still going to be foreign to everybody no matter how long they’ve been managing. You’re going to see something new every single day in baseball. That’s the beauty of it.”

Listen to the full Brodie Van Wagenen interview:

Brodie Van Wagenen, meanwhile, got his first taste of live baseball as the Mets' general manager on Saturday. He said the most fun thing is seeing the team taking shape and getting to witness them play towards one goal. 

"I think seeing the roster come together and seeing all these players in camp and in uniform and now being able to root for them to win games," Van Wagenen said. 

He said his relationship with Callaway as GM has been great so far, and he talked about how the manager's role continues to evolve.

"To build a coaching staff around Mickey that gives him a little more experience and is allowing him to slow the game down and focus on some of his responsibilities. It's a big job managing in New York and managing for your first time, but he learned a lot last year and now its' a matter of trying to give him the resources to build off of what he learned last year," Van Wagenen said.