The Los Angeles Angels are set to hire Mickey Callaway as their new pitching coach, according to multiple reports.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports initially reported that Callaway "is close to joining" the Angels. Jon Heyman of MLB Network followed up and reported that it's a done deal.
Mickey Callaway is going to the Angels as pitching coach. Will work for JoeMaddon. @BNightengale mentioned 1st— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 26, 2019
The 44-year-old was fired by the New York Mets earlier this month after spending two years as their manager. The team finished 86-76 on the season, going 163-161 over Callaway's two seasons on the job.
News of Callaway's hiring comes nearly two weeks after the Angels hired Joe Maddon as their new manager. The team fired Brad Ausmus after one season, which led to the Angels hiring Maddon - whose contract wasn't renewed by the Chicago Cubs after five seasons.
Maddon was with the Angels organization for 31 years, and he was on staff for the team's World Series championship season in 2002. Prior to joining the Cubs, Maddon managed the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006 to 2014.
Prior to getting hired by the Mets, Callaway worked with the Cleveland Indians organization as a pitching coach. He oversaw the likes of Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger grow into stud pitchers in the Cleveland rotation. The team made the 2016 World Series, where they lost to the Cubs (led by Maddon) in seven games.
Callaway will be tasked with fixing an Angels pitching unit that has struggled aplenty in recent years. The team ERA of 5.12 placed them 25th in the Majors, and they ranked 19th in 2018 with a team ERA of 4.15.
Callaway Is A Great Hire For Angels
Cleveland boasted one of baseball's best pitching staffs during Callaway's time their as the pitching coach. Also, Jacob deGrom won the 2018 NL Cy Young when Callaway was the Mets' manager. His success as a pitching coach speaks for itself, and Callaway should work nicely alongside Maddon, who's also among the best pitching gurus in baseball.