New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen was asked on Tuesday whether he expected manager Mickey Callaway to return.
"I do," Van Wagenen told SNY's Steve Gelbs. "Mickey and I had a chance to talk at length yesterday and I think the day before that. I view Mickey as a tremendously positive person and that's what I'm gonna try to create here. And so we're gonna sit down actually later this week and have an opportunity to talk even more."
Later on Tuesday, Van Wagenen told WFAN's Mike Francesa that he has full autonomy and could have made a change at manager, but that he supports Callaway, who will help him provide the type of hope and optimism he wants to bring to the Mets.
Callaway struggled with the learning curve during the first half of the 2018 season during what was his first year as a manager as he adjusted to the new role in a new league -- and without a bench coach who had proper National League experience.
In the second half of the season, many of the mistakes Callaway made in the first half disappeared. And it didn't hurt that the team played well -- going 38-30 after the All-Star break to finish with a record of 77-85.