The New York Mets fired manager Mickey Callaway on Thursday, after missing the playoffs in both his seasons as manager. The firing comes four days after the Mets wrapped up an 86-76 season.
Callaway had one year remaining on his contract. New York went 46-26 following the All-Star break and made an unlikely charge into the National League wild-card race, only to be eliminated during the final week. The 44-year-old Callaway was hired under previous GM Sandy Alderson and retained after current GM Brodie Van Wagenen, a former player agent, took the job nearly a year ago.
Van Wagenen said in a statement: “we want to thank Mickey for his consistent work ethic and dedication over the last two seasons and I’m certain these characteristics will serve him well in his next opportunity. A decision like this is never easy, however, we believe it is in the best interest of the franchise at this time.”
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