Mickey Callaway will live to see another day.
Amid rumors that Callaway would be fired Monday afternoon upon the Mets’ return home from a disastrous trip through Washington and Miami, GM Brodie Van Wagenen instead issued a vote of confidence for Callaway, saying he called a meeting to tell coaches and players he supports the manager.
“Mickey’s our manager now,” Van Wagenen said. “Mickey’s our manager moving forward.”
This may mean little for Callaway’s job status if things continue to slide. He would be far from the last person to be fired after a general manager said his job was safe. The Mets are 20-25, having lost five straight, and Callaway isn’t Van Wagenen’s hire.
After being hired ahead of last season, Callaway has largely disappointed with in-game decisions as well as his team’s performance. This weekend’s sweep at the hands of the bottom-feeding Marlins was widely viewed as a last straw, with Robinson Cano failing to run out multiple ground balls.
Cano is out of the lineup today and, at least for now, Callaway appears to be in, as Van Wagenen placed blame for the team’s record on his own shoulders.
“The finger-pointing is not going down to the players and coaches,” Van Wagenen said. “We build this team in the front office. … The accountability … I want to place on my shoulders.”
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