Mets manager Mickey Callaway


Report: Mets Likely To Stick With Callaway Entering 2019 Season

July 16, 2018 - 9:02 am


Mickey Callaway is likely to return as the Mets' manager in 2019, according to a report.

An industry source who has regular contact with the Mets' front office told the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert that, because Callaway has a three-year contract, it's doubtful the Mets would fire him after just one season. The report indicated the soonest the Mets might make a chance would be next year's All-Star break.

After surprisingly starting the year 11-1, the Mets have won just 28 of 82 games since. At 39-55, they own the second-worst record in the National League and trail the NL East-leading Phillies by 13 1/2 games.

Callaway, a former Indians pitching coach, has looked lost at times managing the Mets, making questionable bullpen decisions, struggling with double switches and even watching his team bat out of order once.

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The way the season is going, of course, cannot be pinned soley on Callaway. The Mets entered the season with plenty of players on the wrong side of 30 years old, including Adrian Gonzalez, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier and Jason Vargas. And for the third year in a row, the team has seen too many of its players hit the disabled list, most notably Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard.

Mets officials have voice their support for Callaway publicly, but there is concern behind the scenes, according to the the Daily News. However, rather than severing ties with the 43-year-old skipper, the organization is “going to work with him” on his managing, the report said.