First we thought it would be Wally Backman, but after the Mets dropped Backman from his role as the manager of the Las Vegas 51s in 2015, that went out the window. Then, as the 2017 season came to a close, there were rumors that Robin Ventura, the man who hit the grand slam single, would be the man to take the bull by the horns. When Ventura tapped out, Alex Cora, former infielder, Kevin Long, current hitting coach, and even wild card candidates like Joe McEwing, Manny Acta and Angel Pagan were in consideration for the coveted spot.
Today, the 23rd of October, one day before the playing of the 113th World Series, Mickey Callaway, the well respected pitching coach of the Cleveland Indians, was announced as the 21st manager in New York Mets history.
Callaway is extremely young, he is the first manager in Mets history to have been born after the inception of the ball club. Being a 42 year old, he was born in 1975 and only eleven years old during the Mets championship in 1986.
Mickey will be introduced during a live SNY Press conference at 4pm, during which we should hear Callaway’s initial thoughts and opinions on the state of the Mets.
On behalf of the entire MetsPlus team, here’s a warm welcome to Mr.Callaway!