Mets fire skip­per Call­away af­ter two bumpy sea­sons

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MIKE FITZ­PATRICK AND RON­ALD BLUM

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.

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