Sunday’s Browns loss wasn’t the only sad news in Cleveland. Now-former pitching coach Mickey Callaway is leaving his post in Tribe Town to take the managerial position for the New York Mets.
For the last five years, Callaway has been an intricate part of building and improving the pitching staff. He helped Corey Kluber become a Cy Young winner in 2014 (and probably this year), he resurrected Carlos Carrasco’s career as well as Josh Tomlin’s, too. He’s made Mike Clevinger into a formidable starter as well. This season, Trevor Bauer had a total 180 from beginning to end.
Corey Kluber: 18 Wins
Carlos Carrasco: 18 Wins
Trevor Bauer: 17 Wins
During games, the only time you see the pitching coach is when the man on the bump is struggling. This season, we saw Callaway a lot less than most teams witness their pitching coach trotting to the mound because of a crisis.
In 2017, the Indians led the league with a 3.30 team ERA. A lot of that can be attributed to Callaway’s teachings. Even in the postseason, that ERA was down to 2.68, despite losing to the Yankees in five games.
We all knew it was only a matter of time before an opportunity arose for Callaway. Just a few years ago, bullpen coach Kevin Cash got his chance with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Truthfully, there are mixed emotions when an assistant coach leaves. The good side is that it proves that the system for the Indians is working. The bad side is the team is losing a proven and successful pitching coach that will be hard to replace for next season.
Indians manager Terry Francona, who we thankfully are not losing, has a knack for finding the best people to stand by his side in the dugout. I am confident the Indians will pick someone to fill Callaway’s big shoes.
Thanks, Mickey and best of luck with the Mets. Unless the Tribe faces you in the World Series.
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