Whenever organzations have sustained success in sports, assistants and position coaches in the front office and coaching staffs get opportunities to become general managers and coaches/managers.
Mickey Callaway, the Cleveland Indians pitching coach has been named the new manager of the New York Mets on Sunday, agreeing to a three year deal with the organization.
Callaway has been the pitching coach of the Indians since 2013 when Terry Francona tabbed him to help develop the young pitching staff that had a ton of potential.
In his five years in that role, he helped produce one Cy Young Award with Corey Kluber in 2014 and likely another one for 2017 but it hasn’t been officially announced.
He helped revitalize Carlos Carrasco’s career which has led him to being one of the best pitchers in baseball. Also dealing and staying patient with Trevor Bauer’s antics and hiccups during his beginnings but it paid off as Bauer won 17 games in 2017.
Not to mention the young pitchers of the future with Mike Clevinger and Ryan Merritt who have stepped in when needed and given quality starts time and time again.
For four consecutive seasons (2014-2017), the Indians led the American League in strikeouts each season including 1,614 in 2017 which led the entire major league. They also led the major leagues with a 3.30 ERA.
Callaway is a good fit for the Mets organization as they have a young team with potential especially in the pitching staff like Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard. He’s also a former player much like Francona is so he can relate well with players in the clubhouse.
As for potential replacements for the Indians pitching coach, one name that quickly rose up was former Red Sox manager John Farrell.
He was the Red Sox pitching coach under Francona from 2007-2010 in which they won a World Series in the 2007 season and also has a Cleveland connection as he was apart of the organization as a player from 1984-1990 and then again during the 1995 season.
I want to personally give a thanks to Mickey for his hard work during his tenure in Cleveland, he will be missed because he was a huge part of help bringing the Indians back into contention due to his work with the pitchers and making them arguably the best pitching rotation in all of baseball.
Best of luck to Mickey and his family as their new adventure with the Mets organization and the New York media begins.