Mets fire skipper Callaway after two bumpy seasons
NEW YORK — Mickey Callaway went 11-1 in his first 12 games as manager of the New York Mets. After that, nothing ever seemed to go smoothly for him again.
Following more than a year of near constant speculation about his job security, Callaway was fired Thursday by the Mets after missing the playoffs in both his seasons at the helm of the Major League Baseball team.
The move came four days after New York wrapped up an 86-76 campaign that marked a nine-win improvement over his 2018 debut. But a strong second half wasn’t enough to save the embattled Callaway, who had one year remaining on his contract.
New York went 46-26 following the all-star break and made an unlikely charge into the National League wildcard race, only to be eliminated during the final week.
“I feel unfulfilled. I feel we left some games on the field that we should have won, and we didn’t fulfil what we really had as a goal, which was get to the postseason,” Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said on a 30-minute conference call with reporters. “We’re not playing October baseball, and that’s what it’s about.”
The Mets became the seventh team seeking a new manager this off-season, joining the Angels, Cubs, Giants, Padres, Pirates and Royals.
Joe Girardi, the former Yankees and Marlins skipper, and Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada have been mentioned as potential replacements.