Report: Mets hire Callaway, Phillies interview Acta


It’s time for a daily news report.

Now we have to dislike him

Mickey Callaway will reportedly be officially named the new Mets manager, according to multiple reports. Callaway was the Indians pitching coach and of interest to the Phillies, according to reports.

Hopefully he wasn’t Matt Klentak’s top choice, because that would look bad. Either way, people are applauding the hire. The name “Joe Maddon” is being thrown around as a comparison. You do you, Mets.

Managerial search: The next Acta?

Jon Heyman is reporting the Phillies interviewed Manny Acta for the managerial position.

This feels like a giant meh. Acta has a poor managerial record (372-518, .418) over parts of six seasons with Washington and Cleveland. Granted those teams weren’t built very well for him, but those 2011 Indians he managed were out in front in the American League, then went down the tubes quicker than Drano in a clean pipe.

I should know. I was at their high-water-mark game (May 22, 2011), in which Carlos Carrasco and Lou Marson was the battery (yeah I was marking out) and the Tribe shut down Scott Rolen and the Reds. Within two-and-a-half weeks they were tied for first. September was worse – they started the month 5.5 back of first, but finished the season 15 back of Detroit.

Anyway, I’d rather someone new to managing in the bigs over Acta.

Utley vs. Giles (and Morton)

As you noticed Saturday night, the Astros beat the Yankees (yay) in the American League Championship Series. They’ll visit the Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

It wasn’t that long ago that the Dodgers and Astros were division rivals, but times have changed and nobody will talk about how this is a stunning rematch from the 1981 NL Division Series.

Here in Philadelphia, we might talk about how this series pits fan favorites Chase Utley against Ken Giles. (I know, Charlie Morton is a former Phillie, and his Game 7 performance was outstanding, but please, show me your Morton jersey right now.)

Utley is not having a good postseason (.000/.250/.000), while Giles … also isn’t (7.50 ERA, 7 K, 3 BB). As Phillies fans, these are numbers we are very familiar with.

Who you got? While I’d love to see Chase get a second ring, the Astros have snared me in this postseason. Jose Altuve is awesome (and makes me pine for the day when Scott Kingery or J.P. Crawford is hitting .400 in the postseason), and it’s fun seeing Justin Verlander turn back into the best pitcher in baseball for a few weeks. (I’m especially happy we’re not watching the Madison Bumgarner Show again.)

I’m rooting Astros, but just as much, a great series.




  1. donald schell

    October 23, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Acta sounds like someone the cheap phillies would hire

  2. Craig Glessner

    October 23, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I believe we had Charlie Morton on a very friendly contract for this season and paid him to leave so we could sign the highly successful Clay Bucholz.

  3. Jim rosenburg

    October 23, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Acta should be a non fACTA. We need new blood not retread. Am not thrilled by Dodgers in series but chase is the man. One more ring and then ride off into the sunset, unless he can be talked into helping us out here.

  4. Keg

    October 23, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    You can’t root for an AL team in the series…. unless. The following teams are the NL representative
    1) Braves
    2) Nats
    3) Giants
    Other than that… go NL.

  5. Mitchell Nathanson

    October 24, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I’d be surprised if they hire anybody other than Dusty Wathan. The only reason you fire Mackanin at this point is because you had planned to all along and already had your manager for the future not only in mind but on-hand. It doesn’t make sense to fire Mackanin and then start at 0 in your managerial search. Callaway, I believe, knew that his interview was perfunctory, as did everyone else they interviewed. The reason the Phils are taking their time in making the announcement is because they already have their guy. That’s why they’re not rushing to beat the Mets or Red Sox to the punch.

    At least that’s how a rational organization would act. If they wind up with Manny Acta as their manager then it’s time to re-evaluate everything you might have assumed about this management group. At that point you would know that nobody’s driving this bus.

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