New York Mets celebrate a weekend of manager birthdays
By Richard Heaton
A little rain can’t rain on the Mets parade. Over the weekend, the New York Mets celebrated the birthdays of three of their managers.
Yogi Berra’s birthday fell on Saturday, May 12th. He would have been 93 years old. The next day, current New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway and one of the fan favorites Bobby Valentine each celebrated theirs.
That’s some pretty good company to be with.
If you are a baseball fan in general, you should easily know who Yogi Berra is. As a Mets fan, you should have a good amount of knowledge on all three.
Yogi Berra was hugely successful in his career, both as a player and as a manager. He played for the Yankees for 18 seasons and managed them for one before jumping the river to play a few games with the Mets
As a player, Berra was a 15-time All-star and three-time MVP winner. After playing a few games with the team, he became their coach for seven seasons and then their manager for four.
He was a coach during their 1969 world series run and as a manager, he was 292-296.
On Saturday he would have been 93 years old.
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Like Berra, Bobby Valentine was another former player. He spent roughly eight seasons with three different teams before joining the Mets. He only spent a year and a half with the team.
As a manager, Valentine spent eight seasons with the Texas Rangers, and then seven with the Mets. He led the team to two 90 win seasons and his .534 winning percentage is the third highest of any Mets manager.
His record with the team is 536-467 and includes the 2000 Pennant and world series run.
He turned 68 on Sunday.
Lastly, we have the current Mets skipper, Mickey Callaway, who again, was a player. Callaway’s playing career was pretty lackluster. He pitched a total of 40 games for three teams and posted a career 6.27 ERA.
His playing career lasted from 1999 to 2004 before joining the Indians as a coach in 2010. In 2018, the 42-year-old became the 21st manager in the history of the team.
Callaway turned 43 on Sunday.
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Maybe it’s possible that the three of them were all born really close to each other, like hours apart, which would be really cool.