One day after being relieved of his managerial duties by the Mets, Mickey Callaway told Tim Healey of Newsday that he was "disappointed by the decision (of the Mets) to move on" and that the firing stung, but that he's proud of what he accomplished during his time in New York -- with the Mets in a better spot than they were before he was hired.
"I too am in a better spot because of this experience, and am excited about where my next landing spot will be in this baseball world," Callaway said in a statement to Newsday. "These two years have humbled me, educated me, matured me, and motivated me all at the same time."
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon traveled to Callaway's home in Florida on Thursday to have an "open dialogue" and give him the news.
"We arrived at the decision really after multiple meetings between myself and Jeff, between some of the senior leaders in our baseball operations department -- including Omar (Minaya) and Allard (Baird) -- meetings with Fred (Wilpon) and meetings with Mickey as well," Van Wagenen said on Thursday.
After the Mets went 77-85 in 2018 during Callaway's first season at the helm, they rode a second-half hot streak to playoff contention in 2019 but fell three games short while finishing 86-76 and in third place in the NL East.
When it comes to his next stop, Callaway might find a soft landing.
Phillies pitching coach Chris Young was recently dismissed, and Callaway could reportedly be a candidate for the position.
Meanwhle, the Mets' managerial search is ongoing, with Buck Showalter the latest name to publicly throw his hat in the ring.