After being fired by the New York Mets, Mickey Callaway released a statement, thanking the Mets organization, players, and fans for the last two years. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo posted the full statement on his Twitter account.
"While I am disappointed by the decision to move on, I am grateful to have been apart of such a storied franchise," Callaway said. "I am thankful for the hard work and support of my coaching staff, the players, and all of those working behind the scenes in roles that made our jobs and lives easier. I'm proud of what we accomplished together."
Callaway continued, saying "these two years have humbled me, educated me, matured me, and motivated me all at the same time. There are only 30 jobs of this kind in the world- so losing one certainly stings a bit. Yet, I am filled with pride about some of the individual highlights of the last two years and that will stick with me."
All well said by Callaway. He also noted that he believes "the Mets are in a better spot today to be a World Series contender."
He may be on to something with that quote. The Mets clearly have the starting pitching and offense to be a playoff team going forward led by a solid core of Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and Michael Conforto, among others. What held them back in 2019 was the inconsistencies of their bullpen. If they clean up their bullpen, they will have a legitimate chance to win the National League East in 2020.
Callaway was fired by the Mets despite going 86-76 in 2019. It will be interesting to see who the Mets' next manager will be. A wide array of names have been thrown out there, but one that seems to make the most sense is Joe Girardi. The former New York Yankees manager found plenty of success in the Bronx, and has a proven track record of winning. It would be compelling to see how Girardi would handle the Mets' starting staff, and perhaps he could help fix struggling relief pitchers like Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia.
It will be interesting to see what's next for Callaway. It seems likely that he'd go back to being a pitching coach as opposed to getting another job as a manager.