Mickey Callaway oversaw 163 wins during his two-year tenure as manager of the Mets, but his biggest contribution to the franchise might just come all the way from Los Angeles.
As the Mets remain in the race for Trevor Bauer, one potential suitor for the top free-agent pitcher on the market, the Angels, can reportedly be crossed off, at least in part because of Callaway’s frayed relationship with Bauer, according to the Los Angeles Times.
While finances are one of the factors, per the report, so is Bauer’s history with Callaway, who is entering his second year as the Angels’ pitching coach.
Callaway was Bauer’s pitching coach for five seasons with the Indians and “they did not get along,” the Los Angeles Times reported, with their relationship “believed to be eroded beyond repair,” a person with knowledge of Bauer’s negotiations told the newspaper.
Bauer didn’t shy away from his disagreements with Callaway in a 2019 Sports Illustrated feature, which reported that the coach once “berated [Bauer] during batting practice for nearly an hour for refusing to throw more fastballs.”
“My process has been the same the entire time,” Bauer told SI. “I’m going to try to find every single way to do better, and I’ve probably researched it more than you have. Don’t tell me what I do and don’t know without some good f—ing data behind it.”
The Mets, meanwhile, made an offer to Bauer “weeks ago,” The Post reported on Tuesday. The Dodgers and Blue Jays have also been linked to Bauer, the reigning NL Cy Young winner.