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Report: Angels to hire Mickey Callaway as pitching coach

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Former Mets manager Mickey Callaway is headed to Anaheim as the Angels’ new pitching coach, according to multiple reports from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The team has yet to formally announce the hire, though Heyman indicates it’s all but a done deal at this point.

Callaway was fired by the Mets shortly after the conclusion of their 2019 campaign, though, as Nightengale points out, he’s still owed $1.05 million in 2020. He lasted just two seasons in the skipper’s seat, guiding the club to a disheartening 163-161 record from 2018-2019 and failing to help them qualify for the postseason in either run. Overall, he’s seen far more success as a pitching coach — both in the majors and minors — and played a pivotal role in the Indians’ 2016 and 2017 playoff appearances.

Callaway will work under newly-hired manager Joe Maddon, who is set to make his return to the organization for the first time since 2005. Although Callaway operated out of the Angels’ rotation and bullpen for a brief time in 2002-2003, overlapping with Maddon’s five-year stint as Mike Scioscia’s bench coach, this will be the first time the two have worked together in a management capacity.

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.