Mets manager Mickey Callaway is stressing the importance of communication as he enters his first spring training as a big-league skipper.
Callaway plans to play an active role with players on the team -- an approach that stems from his own experience studying managers during his time as a player under then-Rangers manager Buck Showalter and as pitching coach of the Cleveland Indians under manager Terry Francona, he said in an interview with Mike Puma of the New York Post.
"He cared about his players," Callaway said of Showalter. "He communicated with his players. He made sure he was around. He didn't just sit in his office. I learned a ton of stuff from Buck."
During his time under Francona, Callaway learned more about navigating a modern-day approach to coaching.
"When I was first playing, the pitching coach said something, so I'm going to do it," Callaway said. "Now you have to realize that, as a coach, if you say something to a player they are going to look it up right away. They have instant access to information. You better know what you're talking about, and you had better put a lot of forethought into that."
Callaway has been getting acclimated to the new team and meeting with players who have already reported to Port St. Lucie. But Mets OF Jay Bruce, who knew Callaway from his brief stint with the Indians in the second half of last season, is already aware of the new Mets' skipper's dedication to communication.
"He will be very transparent as it refers to his plan with guys," Bruce said. "He's someone who doesn't ask a lot or doesn't have a lot of rules per se, but holds himself to a high standard and will expect everyone to meet those standards as well."