According to Joel Sherman, the search is over: Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway is set to be named the next manager of the Mets. A press conference is expected to be scheduled for tomorrow to introduce Callaway, who will receive a three-year deal to manage the club.
The expected hiring of Callaway is a surprising twist after it was rumored just days ago that the frontrunners for the job were Kevin Long and Manny Acta. It was reported earlier today that Long, Acta, and Joe McEwing, considered more of a longshot for the job, have all been told they were out of consideration. With Alex Cora rumored to be accepting the job with the Boston Red Sox, that leaves Callaway as the last man standing among those the Mets interviewed.
Serving as the Indians pitching coach under manager Terry Francona since 2013, Callaway has nurtured Cleveland’s pitching staff into one of the best in all of baseball. Led by ace Corey Kluber and a dominant bullpen, Cleveland’s staff finished tops in baseball this past season in ERA (3.30), strikeout rate (27.5%), walk rate (6.9%), and pitching WAR (31.7). Callaway is highly regarded both in Cleveland and around the game. Callaway has no previous ties to the Mets or General Manager Sandy Alderson but stood out in interviews and at 42-years-old, he would be one of the youngest managers the Mets have had.