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Mets fire manager Mickey Callaway

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The Mets have fired manager Mickey Callaway.

Callaway led the Mets to an 86-76 record and third-place finish in the National League East this year after finishing 77-85 and in fourth place the year before. That improvement came along with some at-times questionable in-game decisions, however, and amidst no small amount of controversy regarding certain strategic and personnel decisions.

Among those controversies: the drama late this season regarding Noah Syndergaard’s preference for Tomás Nido to be his personal catcher, which some believe Callaway did not handle deftly. Add into that the fact that Callaway was hired by the Mets previous general manager and not current boss Brodie Van Wagenen — and that he was getting ready to enter his lame-duck year on a three-year deal — and it’s not at all shocking that Callaway was given his walking papers.

Now the search is on for a successor. It’s a Mets job that, unlike years past, actually looks like something of a plumb position. The team slumped at times this year but likewise had multiple hot streaks that kept them in the Wild Card race for much of the second half. With a duo of frontline starting pitchers in Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and multiple young offensive powers like Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil, the Mets are in an excellent position going forward. At least assuming Syndergaard isn’t traded and the front office goes out and fills the holes the Mets need to compete with the Braves and Nationals in the NL East.

Your speculation as to the identity of the new Mets manager starts . . . now.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.