Published: Mon, October 23, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Heyman | Mets tab Mickey Callaway as next manager

Heyman | Mets tab Mickey Callaway as next manager

The New York Post first reported that Callaway was the Mets' choice for manager.

Several media outlets are reporting the team has offered the job to Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway.

According to the report, a deal is being finalized on Sunday.

Callaway was previously the pitching coach of the Cleveland Indians -where he had been since the 2013 season - working with a talented pitching staff that contained the likes of Cy Young victor Corey Kluber.

Callaway will replace Terry Collins, who stepped down as manager after the Mets fell to a 70-92 record this season. NY was 70-92 in the last of seven seasons under Collins, 67. He is expected to sign a three-year contract.

Callaway, like Cora, is a 42-year-old with no managerial experience but an impressive reputation across baseball. Led by ace right-hander Corey Kluber, the Indians led the major leagues with a 3.30 ERA and 1,614 strikeouts this season _ one year after reaching the World Series and losing to the Chicago Cubs in seven games.

Among them were former players Robin Ventura, Joe McEwing and Alex Cora, current hitting coach Kevin Long, Brad Ausmus, Chip Hale and Manny Acta. They finished third with an opponents' batting average of just.236.

Callaway pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays; the then-Anaheim Angels, now Los Angeles Angels (right); and the Texas Rangers (pictured) between 1999 and 2004. Granted, much of that has to do with injuries that have provided lengthy trips to the disabled list for Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler in 2017.

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