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Michael Christopher Callaway (born May 13, 1975) is an American professional baseball manager who is currently the manager for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball.

Mickey Callaway
Mickey Callaway on March 8, 2018 (cropped).jpg
Callaway with the Mets in 2018
New York Mets – No. 36
Pitcher / Manager
Born: (1975-05-13) May 13, 1975 (age 43)
Memphis, Tennessee
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 12, 1999, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Last MLB appearance
August 21, 2004, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record4–11
Earned run average6.27
Strikeouts86
Managerial record74–84
Winning %.468
Teams
As player

As coach

As manager

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Early lifeEdit

Callaway attended Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee where he played baseball and basketball. As a 5-foot-10 freshman, Callaway could dunk an official ball.[1] Callaway was drafted out of high school in the 16th round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Francisco Giants but did not sign.[2] Callaway attended the University of Mississippi, where he played college baseball for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Professional careerEdit

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected Callaway in the seventh round of the 1996 Major League Baseball draft. Callaway made his major league debut in 1999 with the Devil Rays. In his debut, he pitched 6 innings for the win and went 2-for-3 with a run batted in. The Devil Rays traded Callaway to the Anaheim Angels for minor leaguer Wilmy Caceres before the 2002 season.[3] He was the Angels fifth starter at the end of the 2002 season when Aaron Sele went down with a shoulder injury. He pitched well down the stretch and earned a World Series ring with the Angels, though he did not appear in any postseason games. He was released by the Angels and picked up by the Texas Rangers at the end of 2003, and finished his Major League career with them in 2004. After the 2004 season, he went on to play in Asia. From 2005 to 2007, he played for the Hyundai Unicorns in the KBO League where he was a two-time league All-Star.

In 2005 and 2006, he combined for a total of 30 wins (16-9 in 2005 and 14-7 in 2006). After being sidelined by an elbow injury in 2007, Callaway served as the interim Head Coach of Texas A&M International University[4] in 2008. In the 20082009 offseason, he signed with the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, and won his final start to clinch a play-off spot for the team.

Coaching careerEdit

 
Callaway with the Lake County Captains in 2010

In 2008, Callaway signed with the Laredo Broncos of independent United League Baseball as a player-pitching coach.[5] It would be his last season as a player.[6]

Callaway joined the Cleveland Indians organization in 2010 as the pitching coach for the Lake County Captains, champions of the Midwest League. In 2011, he was the pitching coach for the Carolina League runner-up Kinston Indians.

Callaway became the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians prior to the 2013 season. In the 2016 World Series, the Indians were defeated by the Cubs in 7 games. Indians manager Terry Francona said Callaway was the reason they went to the World Series. The Indians produced a Cy Young Award winner in 2014 in Corey Kluber.[7] In 2017, the Indians won an AL-best 102 games, but were defeated by the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series.[8] The Indians led the major leagues in both ERA (3.30) and in pitching strikeouts (1,614). It was the fourth consecutive season they led the American League in strikeouts.[9] The club led MLB in curveball usage in Callaway's time as pitching coach.[10]

Managing careerEdit

New York MetsEdit

On October 23, 2017, Callaway was named manager of the New York Mets. He replaced Terry Collins, who retired at the end of the 2017 season.[10] In his first twelve games, he helped set a franchise record for the best start in club history at 11 wins and 1 loss.[11] However, he finished the 2018 season with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses.[12]

Managerial recordEdit

As of games played on September 30, 2018.
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
G W L Win % G W L Win %
New York Mets 2018 present 162 77 85 .475 0 0 0
Ref.:[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Varlas, John (September 17, 2017). "Germantown grad the architect of red-hot Cleveland's pitching success". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Mickey Callaway Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  3. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2002/aug/26/sports/sp-angrep26
  4. ^ "Callaway Takes TAMIU Baseball Position". GoDustdevils.com. Retrieved 2010-05-04.
  5. ^ "Former Major Leaguer Mickey Callaway Joins the Laredo Broncos - OurSports Central". www.oursportscentral.com. June 2, 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Mickey Callaway Minor, Korean & Independent Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  7. ^ Draper, Kevin (November 12, 2014). "Clayton Kershaw And Corey Kluber Are Your Cy Young Winners". Deadspin. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  8. ^ Waldstein, David (October 12, 2017). "What happened to the Cleveland Indians?". The New York Times. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  9. ^ Adler, David (October 22, 2017). "Source: Mets to name Callaway manager". MLB.com. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  10. ^ a b DiComo, Anthony (October 23, 2017). "Mets name Mickey Callaway manager". New York Mets. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  11. ^ https://www.amazinavenue.com/2018/4/11/17222944/mets-marlins-mlb-degrom-cespedes-asdrubal-cabrera-winning-streak
  12. ^ a b "Mickey Callaway". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 3, 2018.

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