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Callaway 'grateful' for experience with Mets

@AnthonyDiComo
October 4, 2019

NEW YORK -- A day after his dismissal, Mickey Callaway called his two-year experience as Mets manager “one of the best teaching lessons I could have been given.” “I’m proud of what we accomplished together,” Callaway said Friday in a statement. “Many players got better, our team improved and the

NEW YORK -- A day after his dismissal, Mickey Callaway called his two-year experience as Mets manager “one of the best teaching lessons I could have been given.”

“I’m proud of what we accomplished together,” Callaway said Friday in a statement. “Many players got better, our team improved and the Mets are in a better spot today to be a World Series contender. I too am in a better spot because of this experience, and am excited about where my next landing will be in this baseball world.

“These two years have humbled me, educated me matured me, and motivated me all at the same time. There are only 30 jobs of this kind in the world -- so losing one certainly stings a bit. Yet I am filled with pride about some of the individual highlights of the last two years and that will stick with me.”

Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen flew to Callaway’s home in Florida on Thursday to inform him of his dismissal, following a two-year stint that saw him go 163-161. According to Van Wagenen, the three men exchanged ideas and thoughts regarding the Mets, before the GM informed Callaway of his decision.

Callaway, who is under contract through 2020, said he is unsure if he will pursue another job this offseason or take a year off. A successful pitching coach for five seasons in Cleveland before joining the Mets, Callaway could conceivably be a candidate for openings in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Anaheim or Phoenix.

Regardless of whether he is back in uniform next season or in future years, Callaway said his experience as Mets manager will help him.

“While I am disappointed by the decision to move on, I am grateful to have been part of such a storied franchise,” Callaway said. “I wish the Mets great success moving forward. … The energy and baseball knowledge of the passionate Mets fans excited and challenged me every day. I consider myself lucky to have experienced that on a daily basis over the last two years.”

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.