The Mets are bringing in a new manager with pitching experience to guide the ship in 2018.
Sherman noted on Twitter that the deal is being completed on Sunday, so the Mets should be announcing the move officially sometime this week. The 42-year-old Callaway would be one of the youngest managers for the Mets, and a distinct change from the 68-year-old Terry Collins.
Callaway has served as Terry Francona‘s pitching coach in Cleveland for the past five years and has been instrumental as part of a huge resurgence for that staff when he came on in 2013. The previous year, Cleveland’s pitchers had posted an abysmal 4.79 ERA as a team. That was the worst ERA in the American League then.
Since arriving in Cleveland, however, Callaway’s mentoring helped bring his team’s ERA down to 3.65 which has been the best in the league over that span.
It’s obvious that more talent has helped that turn around happen, but it’s not coincidence that Callaway’s arrival came at the same time.
While Callaway won’t be a pitching coach with New York, his experience will certainly have a big influence on a staff that had extremely high expectations going into last season and was ultimately decimated by injuries and regressions.
The Mets posted the third-worst ERA in all of Major League Baseball in 2017 (5.01), so there’s a lot that still needs to improve. Of course, the team is counting on solid returns from Noah Syndergaard next season, and continuing dominance from Jacob deGrom.
It would be extremely useful if Callaway and whoever ends up coming on as his pitching coach next season help the likes of Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, and Robert Gsellman recuperate some of that magic they lost.
I’m personally a fan of this hire. My first pick would have been Alex Cora, but with him going to the Red Sox, Callaway was the next best option. Now the question will be who Callaway brings in as his pitching coach, and if hitting coach Kevin Long stays on board after being passed up for the position himself.