NEW YORK — Watching Mickey Callaway command the stage at his introductory press convention Monday at Citi Discipline, it was straightforward to grasp why the Mets moved so shortly and confidently to safe the previous Indians pitching coach because the 21st supervisor in franchise historical past.
Talking from the center, not from a script, the charismatic Callaway detailed why he sees himself being a profitable big-league supervisor.
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“We’re going to care extra concerning the gamers than anybody ever has earlier than,” the 42-year-old Callaway stated, sporting his new No. 36 Mets jersey. “We will know that they’re human beings and people; and that is going to be a bunch that feels that every single day they arrive into the clubhouse. Our most important concern is to indicate them that we all know this sport is troublesome and we care about you as a participant, a human being and about your private life.
“We’re not going to have expectations on their numbers. We’re going to have expectations that they’re going to work the fitting approach to go put up numbers.”
It’s official! Please be part of us in welcoming our new supervisor, Mickey Callaway! pic.twitter.com/ByUSKMFBzo
— New York Mets (@Mets) October 23, 2017
Callaway, who referenced “tearing up” when he advised Indians pitchers that he was leaving Cleveland to simply accept the managerial publish in New York, was requested how he’ll get his new workforce to respect a first-time supervisor.
“I do not suppose you essentially got down to have the fellows such as you,” Callaway stated. “You present them every single day that you just care about them — and we’ll care about them, it is not going to be an act. I will love each considered one of them. I will present them day in and day out by the selections I make and the best way I talk with them I actually, really care about them. If I can do this persistently, then I will not need to surprise if individuals like me — they’ll like me and respect me.”
It’s a components that labored in Cleveland, the place Callaway spent the previous 5 seasons working beneath one of many sport’s most revered managers, Terry Francona. Callaway helped develop Corey Kluber right into a Cy Younger Award winner and the workers as an entire into, arguably, the very best items within the main leagues. Now he’ll be the person in control of making an attempt to get the Mets again on observe after an totally dismal 70-92 season which was sabotaged equally by a plethora of accidents and poor performances.
Good luck, Mick! https://t.co/DtDZGlvM47 pic.twitter.com/zImwhX5qrs
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) October 23, 2017
Mets normal supervisor Sandy Alderson stated Monday that the membership started its managerial search with “a really lengthy checklist, in extra of 35 candidates” after which “whittled the checklist down to 6.” Initially, he deliberate to conduct second interviews earlier than deciding “there was just one man for the job” and set about convincing Callaway to simply accept the place.
Callaway laughed and stated he was thrilled about his interview with the Mets, and that he and Alderson had been so in sync about methods to go about restoring the workforce to contender standing that he was “essentially the most excited man on the earth.”
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Alderson stated the Mets “had been searching for a pacesetter” who introduced each “skilled competence” and “private excellence” to exchange Terry Collins, who piloted the workforce the earlier seven seasons and guided the Mets to an look within the 2015 World Collection. Alderson believes strongly that he and the group discovered the fitting man in a former main league right-hander who had a middling taking part in profession earlier than discovering his calling as a coach.
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Only some minutes into the press convention, Callaway was prepared to depart and get to work.
“I’m so excited to get to know the gamers,” he stated. “I am prepared to begin making cellphone calls to them as quickly as (the press convention) is over.”