Mets fire manager Callaway after two MLB seasons

New York (AFP) –


Mickey Callaway was fired on Thursday as manager of the New York Mets after two lackluster seasons guiding the Major League Baseball club.

Callaway went 163-161 in his two campaigns with the Mets after being hired in October 2017. The Mets went 77-85 last year and 86-76 this season, three games behind Milwaukee for the last playoff spot in the National League.

"We want to thank Mickey for his consistent work ethic and dedication over the last two seasons and I'm certain these characteristics will serve him well in his next opportunity," said Mets executive vice president and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

"A decision like this is never easy, however, we believe it is in the best interest of the franchise at this time."

Callaway, 44, was under contract for 2020 but when team executives decided they needed a new person at the helm, he became the first manager in club history fired after a winning season.

The Mets become the seventh major league club without a manager following last weekend's conclusion of the regular season.