He's Out: Mets Fire Manager Mickey Callaway

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October 03, 2019 - 12:13 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mickey Callaway is out as manager of the Mets after two season with the team.

The team announced Thursday that they have relieved Callaway of his duties, effective immediately.

“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,” General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “A decision like this is never easy, however, we believe it is in the best interest of the franchise at this time.”

The team parted ways with Callaway, who had one year remaining on his contract, after he failed to lead the Mets to the playoffs in his two seasons at the helm.

The question now is: Who will replace the manager?

Mets broadcaster Howie Rose spoke with WCBS 880’s Michael Wallace about the names that are currently being floated.

“I think that's a predictable ones of course are Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter and Joe Maddon, who all the sources seem to indicate is going to the Angels, and then today Ken Rosenthal of Fox tweeted that don't forget about Carlos Beltrán, who interviewed for the Yankees job,” Rose said.

He notes, however, that there seemed to be no indication from Van Wagenen about how important major league managerial experience is going to be when they make their selection.

“I really feel, this is just my opinion, that this club needs a manager with a strong presence and hopefully winning pedigree,” he says.

Van Wagenen said as they begin their search the focus will be "to provide our players with the support they need to succeed at this level and to put them in the best position to win every game, every day."

The general manager said they have spent "a good amount of time" identifying an "expansive list" of potential candidates.

Callaway posted a 163-161 record during his time with the Mets.

The Mets now join the Angels, Cubs, Giants, Padres, Pirates and Royals in searching for a new manager in the offseason.