- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 3, 2019

The New York Mets fired manager Mickey Callaway Thursday after two seasons with the team.

The Mets were mathematically in the playoff hunt until the final week of the season, but finished third in the National League East at 86-76.

In June, Callaway confronted a beat reporter, allegedly over the reporter simply saying, “See you tomorrow, Mickey,” after a Mets loss. The incident soon involved pitcher Jason Vargas threatening to knock the reporter out in defense of Callaway.

The Mets‘ season was not entirely dysfunctional, however. Rookie Pete Alonso led the majors with 53 home runs, breaking Aaron Judge’s record for most home runs hit by a rookie, and the team as a whole came on in the second half of the season.

But many fans wanted Callaway out, and it was long rumored that he wouldn’t last to the end of his three-year contract with New York.

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