Saturday afternoon, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Angels were close to hiring Mickey Callaway as pitching coach.
Jeff Fletcher of the OCR later confirmed this report.
Callaway, 44, was an Angel pitcher in 2002, and he made a number of starts for the club down the stretch, earning a ring. He comes with a sterling resume, having helped Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, and other Cleveland Indians pitchers reach their potential during a five-year stint as pitching coach.
He then went on to manage the New York Mets, missing the playoffs in both 2018 and 2019. He was fired. Callaway didn’t seem to be a great manager, and he often spoke out against analytics in baseball.
Interesting quote yesterday from Mickey Callaway when talking about bullpenning and hitting best hitter 2nd or 3rd, "Traditional baseball always rules.— Michael Mayer (@mikemayerMMO) December 6, 2018
As a pitching coach, he will not be making the game moves.
Callaway’s track record on the field looks good. It remains to be seen what he can do with the Angels pitching staff, which was abysmal in 2019.