TEMPE, Ariz. — Mickey Callaway believes he will receive another shot to manage in the majors. Not in spite of his time with the Mets, but because of it.
“That was the best coaching experience of my life and it made me a better pitching coach now or a manager in the future,” said Callaway, the Angels’ new pitching coach. “Managing there was like managing five years anywhere else. Because you went through everything on a weekly basis. A little bit of everything. That is good for a first-timer. You want to experience everything you can and you are going to get that experience coaching for the New York Mets in New York. I loved every minute.”
Callaway is back on more comfortable ground. He was a well respected pitching coach with the Indians before his uneasy two years succeeding Terry Collins with the Mets. Angels GM Billy Eppler dug into what occurred in New York while he mulled hiring Callaway, but mainly focused on abilities as a pitching coach. Eppler said the return on that was not only positive, but exceedingly so.
As for being a manager, Callaway never fully developed comfort in the job or in being in New York. He failed to ever be in tune with the…