The New York Mets have fired manager Mickey Callaway, per multiple reports. Callaway, who previously was the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians, was on the job for two years, and accumulated a 163-161 record in 2 seasons.
You may recall — or may be reminded, having seen the photo above — that Callaway was a pitcher for the Rangers for two seasons. He spent parts of the 2003 and 2004 seasons with Texas, putting up a 6.95 ERA in 33.2 IP in that span. He also pitched for the Angels and Rays.
Something I stumbled over the other day...Callaway spent several seasons pitching in Asia, including in 2007 for Hyundai in the KBO. The other American player for Hyundai (they are limited to two per team) was Cliff Brumbaugh, who was an outfielder who was a 13th round pick of the Rangers in 1995, and who had 11 plate appearances in 7 games for the Rangers in 2001. Brumbaugh’s son, Cayden Brumbaugh, is expected to be drafted at some point in the 2021 MLB Draft.
There’s been talk about another former Ranger, Carlos Beltran, being a candidate to replace Callaway. Beltran spent a good chunk of his career with the Mets, though the Wilpons weren’t always complimentary of him while he was there. Beltran is very highly regarded as a person and a leader, and is seen as someone who would be a very good manager if he wants to do it. Beltran interviewed with the New York Yankees for their managerial job after the 2017 season, and is currently a special adviser to Yankees g.m. Brian Cashman.