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Mets hire Mickey Callaway as manager

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The Mets have found their next manager.

Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

The Mets are hiring Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as their next manager. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported on Sunday that the job was being offered to Callaway, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirmed the hiring shortly after. Callaway will receive a three-year deal from the Mets, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Callaway, 42, will be the 17th full-time manager in Mets history, replacing Terry Collins, who resigned and was reassigned to a front office role following the 2017 season.

Callaway pitched for the Devil Rays, Angels, and Rangers from 1999-2004, winning a World Series ring with the Angels in 2002. Following his major-league career, he also pitched in South Korea and China. He worked his way up through the Indians organization as a coach beginning in 2010, earning the job as the big-league pitching coach when Terry Francona became the manager in 2013.

He’s been in the spotlight over the past two seasons as the Indians have experienced plenty of success and pitchers such as Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Ryan Merritt, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen have delivered standout postseason performances.

Callaway will be one of the youngest managers in the majors, trailing only Kevin Cash and Andy Green (and when he’s presumably hired by the Red Sox, Alex Cora).

With reports that Cora is set to become Boston’s manager following the World Series, the Phillies and Nationals are the only two big-league teams that are currently searching for a new manager.