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New York Mets reportedly set to hire former Ole Miss pitcher Mickey Callaway as manager

The New York Mets are set to hire a former Ole Miss baseball player as their next manager.

Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway has been offered and has accepted the Mets’ position, according to multiple media reports. It would be the first managerial job in the Major Leagues for Callaway, a former Ole Miss pitcher.

The Mets had not announced the hire as of Sunday afternoon.

Callaway has spent the last eight seasons coaching in the Indians’ organization, including the last five as the pitching coach. Under Callaway’s watch, Cleveland’s staff led the American League in earned run average this season and has led the league in strikeouts each of the past four seasons. One of his pitchers, Corey Kluber, won the AL Cy Young award in 2014.

A graduate of Germantown High in Tennessee, Callaway was drafted out of Ole Miss in the seventh round of the 1996 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays and pitched parts of five Major League seasons with the Rays, Texas Rangers and Anaheim Angels, compiling a record of 4-11 with a 6.27 ERA in 20 career starts. He made his MLB debut with the Rays in 1999 and was also a part of the Angels’ World Series team in 2002.

The New York Post’s Joel Sherman was first to report the news.