The Mickey Callaway era in Queens was short-lived as the New York Mets fired their manager after two years at the helm.
Callaway compiled a 163-161 record during the last two seasons for the Mets, but it was not good enough for him to keep his job.
Callaway's future was in grave doubt following a terrible start to the Mets 2019 season, but a strong second half push only seemed to delay the inevitable.
The team was 10 games below .500 entering the All-Star break, and was never able to regain the ground that was lost over the first half of the season.
Even though the Mets fought valiantly in August and September to give themselves an outside chance of qualifying for a wild card spot, General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, and the rest of the Mets brass, believed that a regime change was needed.
“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,” Van Wagenen said in a statement. “A decision like this is never easy, however, we believe it is in the best interest of the franchise at this time.”
This move should not have caught Mets fans off-guard because the former Cleveland Indians pitching coach was on the hot seat for seemingly the entire season.
Callaway was much maligned for his in-game management, and especially for how he utilized the pitching staff during games. Callaway never seemed to have his hand on the pulse of the team, and this led to poor managerial decisions, and constant second-guessing by the media.
Callaway saw the collapse of a New York Mets bullpen that never got on track all season, and the Mets finished with a team E.R.A. of 4.95 which was 25th in the league in 2019. The former pitching coach could never sure up the one part of his resume that led to him being hired by Sandy Alderson.
Two pitchers the Mets had high expectations for entering this season, Noah Syndeergaard, and Edwin Diaz, had the worst statistical years of their career this season in Flushing.
Diaz, who was ineffective all season, became a late-game liability for Callaway which placed the manager in a no-win position. Whether he used the former All-Star closer too much or too little he would still find himself subjected to criticism regarding his managerial acumen.
The 2019 Mets off season is one full of question marks, and with the firing of Callway, that question has risen to the top of Van Wagenen's list. Who Will lead the Mets on Opening Day 2020?
Some names for possible Mets managers in 2020 are: Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon, Carlos Beltran, and a host of others.
The Mets hope that with the firing of Callaway earlier today, and the bringing of a new manager, the team could usher in an era of prosperity for years to come.