Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway named new Mets manager

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Monday, October 23, 2017

The New York Mets have namedCleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as their new manager, the team announced Monday.

Callaway replaces Terry Collins, who stepped down as manager to take a position in the team's front office, after the Mets fell to a 70-92 record this season.

Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing, Mariners third-base coach Manny Acta and Astros bench coach Alex Cora also reportedly had interviewed for the job.

Callaway, 42, has built the Indians' pitching staff into one of the best in baseball since joining the team in 2013. Cleveland, who finished with an American League-leading 102 wins, led the majors in ERA (3.30), strikeouts (1,614), shutouts (19) and complete games (7), and finished third with an opponents' batting average of just .236.

Indians starters Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco, plus relievers Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen, all showed marked improved under Callaway's guidance, and also for the most part remained healthy.

Callaway also was influentialin the Indians' decision to move Carrasco from the bullpen into the rotation in August 2014.

Keeping pitchers healthy has been a huge problem for the Mets, with injuries to Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler derailing the season.

Prior to joining the Indians, Callaway also coached with the Rangers, Angels and Rays.

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