The Mets say Bye, Bye to Mickey Callaway.
Mickey Callaway’s shaky two-year Mets tenure ended Thursday with a pink slip. The manager was fired by the Mets, the team announced, allowing general manager Brodie Van Wagenen to pursue his own man for the job.
“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.”
COO Fred Wilpon and Van Wagenen flew down to Florida to tell Callaway face to face.
Callaway, a former Indians pitching coach, went 163-161 in two seasons at the helm, missing the playoffs both years. Callaway’s contract runs through 2020, but withering front office support made it clear his job was in serious jeopardy as the season concluded. The Mets went 86-76 this season and finished third in the NL East after rallying from a brutal start to compete for a wild-card spot.