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New Mets Manager is Mickey Callaway?? Who the hell is he?

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Mickey Callaway won over Mets because that’s what he does
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Have you heard the one about Mickey Callaway walking into a room?

He never goes in the favorite. He never leaves without a job.

Three times with the Indians and now for the managing gig with the Mets, Callaway began an interview process as an underdog. So, he now has as many wins in the job market (four) as in his journeyman major league career.

The Callaway pattern begins with a foot — by getting it in the door — and then he overwhelms future bosses with brains and heart.

“I can remember what he was wearing, that is the kind of impression he left,” said Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins of the first time he sat down with Callaway. It was 2008. Atkins was the Indians farm director. Callaway was 33, had just made the last of his pro pitching stops in Laredo in an independent league after three years in Korea.

Atkins had a Low-A pitching coach job open. He had a relationship with John Courtright, Callaway’s agent. Courtright had a feeling the think-tank philosophy of the Indians would fit his client’s curiosity, smarts and need to learn. Atkins thought he was doing a friend, Courtright, a favor. He met Callaway at the Indians’ minor league complex in Goodyear, Ariz.


“The interview begins and you do so many and some guys just stand out, and it was obvious from the beginning with Mickey — the intellect and authenticity,” Atkins said by phone. “I thought we will continue the [interview] process, but I am offering this guy a job. I was thinking I am not letting this guy interview for the Boston Red Sox or whatever. I’m not going to compete for him. I’m going to hire him.”

To Atkins, it was “abundantly clear” that Callaway had been thinking about coaching and what his values would be and how he would teach while he was playing. He brought that and confidence in himself to the process, and validated Atkins’ beliefs by doing well in the job and moving to High-A Kingston the following season.

He had just those two coaching seasons when the minor league pitching coordinator position opened.

“He was not a lead candidate,” Atkins said.

But, by then, Atkins and Callaway had become good friends, and Atkins thought it would be good for Callaway’s future to go through the interviews for this kind of slot.


“You want the interview to be a piece of the equation, but you don’t want it to drive the process,” Atkins said. “You want all the background work you do talking to people and going through references to carry the weight of who the candidate is. But it was just abundantly clear again that he was the best candidate. He actually produced a written vision of how we can impact our pitching in our system that aligned with our values.”

After the 2012 season the Indians hired Terry Francona to manage. He did not know Callaway. He knew Kirk Champion, who was expected to be named his pitching coach. Atkins was among a group of Indians executives who suggested Francona meet with Callaway.

Yeah, you see the trend? Callaway got the job, came to be seen as invaluable by Francona, rose to be one of the top pitching coaches in the game.

“Sometimes when a guy walks in the room it just becomes crystal clear,” Atkins said. “With Mickey, it is crystal clear. Some guys interview well, but his body of work also is now exceptional. He can articulate why the Indians had a lot of success with pitching, not just because he is prepared, but he did it. He is exceptional at body of work and exceptional at articulating it.”

That is why he became a hot managerial commodity this offseason. Still, Kevin Long was viewed as the favorite to replace Terry Collins, and others were mentioned more prominently than Callaway. There were supposed to be two rounds of interviews. But the Mets called that off after one round with Callaway.

Atkins said he believes Callaway will succeed in the new position, though there will be growing pains doing game management for the first time and dealing with the media “more than telling them why Corey Kluber has such a good slider.” Atkins believes from Day 1 Callaway will excel at running a bullpen and in lineup construction because he will collaborate with staff and front office to maximize a roster.

“This is a smart, confident, authentic guy,” Atkins said.

Now, Callaway has another room to win — perhaps the most vital yet: the Mets locker room.


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Rank	ERA	Fewest runs allowed	Fewest hits allowed	Fewest home runs allowed	Fewest walks	Most strikeouts

2012 15 15 13 9 14 14
2013 7 7 3 2 14 2
2014 6 7 8 4 7 1
2015 2 2 1 3 4 1
2016 2 2 1 8 4 1
2017 1 1 2 1 1 1


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If he can handle the bullpen better than it has been, that alone will make him a good choice.

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For a franchise allegedly built on pitching it makes sense to take someone with the reputation as a guru to lead them. More Marc Carig comments today about how much worse things were in the clubhouse than even what he'd reported in September. It actually surprises me that the front office got the media to swallow the whole "everyone loves and plays hard for Collins" line of BS when it was clear to even Stevie Wonder that the man alienated everyone around him except his few veteran favorites. There's nowhere to go but up and good riddance to the past. This outside-the-box selection renews a glimmer of optimism that the front office finally gets it. (And as a corollary, perhaps laying off the "Warthen Slider" will help keep guys off the DL.
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I wonder how the coaching staff is going to round out?

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They need a bench coach with NL experience since Callaway is from the AL. A lot of names bandied about have AL roots. Furthermore they need to get more bilingual in the coaching ranks. Sandy Alomar, Jr.'s name has been floated about but I'd see if a housecleaning is in order to go after Fredi Gonzalez who was Don Mattingly's right hand man with the Marlins. He's an experienced NL guy and Puerto Rican.
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Do you mean the Gonzalez that was manager of the Braves a few years ago? Didn't realize that he was a Marlins coach now...

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That's the same guy. Although tonight watching the World Series I thought about their invisible man who has Mets ties and is known to work well with young ballplayers -- if Carlos Beltran is ready to hang it up might his experience (and youth) make him an interesting candidate?
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after last night, I think that we need to hire Chase Utley to be bench [sign in to see URL] when I am rooting for the Astros, he still finds a way to hex my [sign in to see URL] soon as I saw him come in for the double switch, I knew the Astros were [sign in to see URL] then he started bird-dogging the runner at 2nd, and the batter hits a linedrive right into Utley's glove (which normally would have been much closer to the first baseman than that)...and then after he bailed out the Dodgers defensively, he gets hit with a ball in the [sign in to see URL] next thing you knew, the best pitcher in the post season, lost his shutout...

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