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Report: Mets Closing in on hiring Mickey Callaway as Manager

The Mickey Callaway era in Cleveland appears to have come to an end. According to Joel Sherman of the New York post, the New York Mets have offered the Tribe’s highly praised pitching coach a contract to be their next manager.

Callaway will be taking over a team that a few years ago looked like a long term contender built on elite starting pitching, not dissimilar to the Indians of the past few years. However, injuries to Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard have endangered the unit’s future. Callaway likely sees upside in the arm talent of the organization as well as injured budding star, Michael Conforto. Callaway’s resume with arms speaks for itself, but it appears his hiring has been credited to his ability to impress in the interview.

With a Nationals team set to lose its best player after 2018, the Mets are an interesting team moving forward.

For the Indians, the impacts are far less certain. In many ways, we struggle to quantify the actual impact of a pitching coach. Perhaps more broadly, coaches in general exist in a space where their fingerprints are oft-discussed but seldom demonstrated to be actual. Of course, on the surface, Callaway just coached perhaps the best rotation in franchise history for which deserves an assumption of praise. Indeed, it should be assumed that Callaway is better than average at performing in his role but also, there is room to believe that this exodus will not injure the Indians in the near term.

The Indians’ rotation will continue to have some of the best arm talent in the majors with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Danny Salazar, and Mike Clevinger all carrying at least one plus pitch. While Callaway has been the obvious individual to receive credit, Carrasco — and even Ubaldo Jimenez — are credited to former bullpen coach Kevin Cash. Ultimately, Callaway’s pure value to this organization is impossible to determine but he was likely very good, and the Indians’ rotation will almost certainly be outstanding in 2018 despite his absence.

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  • Eric G

    You said it well, in regards to the unknowns from their true impact, but the way Tito always mentioned him in discussions about how good the pitchers are, this makes me sad. I hope their impact is truly minimal.

  • Chris

    “I hope their impact is truly minimal.”

    I don’t think that’s the case, but let’s hypothetically say that his impact is small. Imagine what this staff would look like with some real impact coaching!!!

  • mgbode

    https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/how-the-indians-built-the-game-plans-that-nearly-won-it-all/

    That article explains Callaway’s role in the process. Will be interesting to see who he takes with him.

  • Chris

    My comment was snark. Callaway will be missed.

  • mgbode

    The good thing is that from the reading of that article, many people are in place that have been working within the constructs of what he setup. So, perhaps Bere is ready for his promotion.

  • Natedawg86

    Pay him more to stay and then make NY pay him more to get him to leave. He will be missed!

  • Eric G

    Well, let’s assume their contribution is say only 3% to a pitching staff’s success, someone who fills that 3% in whole (100%), would have a marginal effect on the staff compared to someone who contributes say 75% of the 3%. Now, if you get someone who contributes 0%, or God forbid, a negative % (taking away talent from the staff), then you possibly start making meaningful differences in a game where inches matter.

    All of this is obviously clearly hypothetical. I just like to prove that I understand the importance of weighted averages.

  • Chris
  • Brandon

    There would be no Bauer’s 17 wins without Mick. He’s the first person Bauer respected. I am afraid he takes a dive next season.