Phillies manager candidate: Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 2: Pitching coach Mickey Callaway
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 2: Pitching coach Mickey Callaway /

Potential Phillies manager candidate Mickey Callaway would bring a fresh voice

In searching for a new manager to lead the Phillies back to the promise land, it would behoove the organization to search beyond their own realm for a fresh voice. Potential Phillies manager candidate Mickey Callaway might be that guy, that is if they can get him.

Currently serving as the Cleveland Indians pitching coach, Callaway appears to be the hot name in baseball circles now that the season is over.

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first pointed out Callaway as a potential candidate, saying he’s a “smart, personable guy.”

Callaway pitched five seasons in the major leagues for Tampa Bay, Texas, and the Angels of Anaheim between 1994 and 2004. He also bounced around minor league baseball, the independent league, Korea, and Taiwan.

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After hanging up his glove and a 6.27 ERA in Major League Baseball, Callaway joined the Indians organization as the Lake County Captains (Single-A) pitching coach. After being named Cleveland’s minor league pitching coordinator in 2012, Callaway was named the Indians pitching coach under former Phillies manager Terry Francona.

Cleveland’s pitching staff has been among the best in baseball since Callaway took over, leading the league in strikeouts over each of the last four seasons, and are among the best in ERA over the past three.

The results certainly speak for themselves in Cleveland with American League championship rings from last season and the possibility of a World Series ring in 2017.

Callaway can also garner some steam, having been ejected multiple times in recent years. He’s clearly learned something sitting alongside Titto for five years.

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Considering the late season success the Phillies had thanks to the youth it wouldn’t be shocking if the new manager kept Larry Bowa and/or Matt Stairs on his staff. However, it will be up to the discretion of the manager whether or not to bring in his own guys.