New York Mets General Manager Brodie van Wagenen officially relieved manager Mickey Callaway of his duties Thursday afternoon, per multiple reports.
As two seasons as Mets skipper, Callaway finished with a career record of 163-161, and without an appearance in the postseason.
The firing comes off of a season that some people may view as a success. The Mets finished the 2019 campaign with a 86-76 record, finishing three games behind the Brewers for the second wild card spot and four games behind the Nationals for the first spot. But looking at his decision making, the season was a failure.
Callaway cannot blame all 22 blown saves on him, players need to perform, but when something needs to be changed, like taking Edwin Diaz out of the closer role, you make that move earlier in the year, and by making those moves, takes a bunch of losses and turn them into wins, wins that could have propelled them into a playoff spot.
The good thing for him is that he’s not a bad coach. He was a fantastic pitching coach with the Cleveland Indians. A move he could easily make, and take the reigns of a pitching staff yet again.
Now everyone just has to sit back and see where the Mets go from here. Could the next manager be an established name like Joe Girardi or Joe Madden? Or will it be a newcomer like Carlos Beltran?
Either way, Brodie van Wagenen will get his guy. Unfortunately for Mickey Callaway, he was not Brodie’s guy.