QUEENS, NY—The New York Mets fired their manager, Mickey Callaway, 44, after two seasons on Thursday, October 3.
After only two seasons as their manager, the Mets decided to cut ties with the former MLB player. The Mets hired Callaway in October 2017, hoping he would help turn around the 2017 team who finished with 70 wins less than their previous manager, Terry Collins.
Callaway’s first season in 2018 as manager started out hopeful with the team winning 11 of their first 12 games. The Mets suffered various injuries after that start and went 5-21 in June 2018, never getting back that momentum. The team finished with a record of 77-85 for the 2018 season, failing to reach the post season.
The 2019 season did not start off any better with the Mets falling 11 games under .500 in early July. With their ace Jacob deGrom and home run leader Pete Alonso leading the way, the Mets were able to comeback winning 15 of 16 games between July 25 to August 10, changing their record from 46-55 to 61-56. October baseball seemed like a possibility for the Mets.
The team went on to end their 2019 season with a 86-76 record and no shot at the post season. The last time the team made it to the post season was in 2016, where they lost in the Wild Card Game to the San Francisco Giants.
Mickey Callaway was a pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1999 to 2007, and coached from 2013 to 2017 before becoming Manager for the New York Mets.
The Mets are now the seventh team searching for a manager, joining the Angels, the Cubs, the Giants, the Padres, the Pirates, and the Royals.