The Mets officially name Mickey Callaway their next manager

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The New York Mets just announced, officially, that Mickey Callaway is their new manager. There will be a press conference introducing him at 4PM this afternoon.

Callaway, 42, was most recently the Indians pitching coach. He has worked his way up through the coaching ranks over the past seven years, beginning with the Indians’ Single-A affiliate in the Midwest League. He has been the Tribe’s big league pitching coach since 2013 and has experienced great success in the role. There was a time when the leap from being a successful pitching coach to being a successful big league manager was a tough one, but in recent years several pitching coaches, including John Farrell and Bud Black, have experienced success in the transition.

Callaway will take over a Mets team that finished 70-92 in 2017 after making the playoffs in the previous two seasons. The success of the club will hinge on the success of their promising but often injured pitching staff, making Callaway a good fit for the job, at least on paper.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).