Mets fine Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas following clubhouse dust-up with beat reporter
Callaway's job, however, doesn't appear to be in immediate danger
The Mets have fined manager Mickey Callaway and veteran lefty Jason Vargas for their roles in a clubhouse confrontation with a beat writer following the team's loss to the Cubs on Sunday. The fines are reportedly $10,000 apiece and Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen called the incident "disappointing."
According to multiple reports, Newsday's Tim Healey concluded a conversation with Callaway by saying "see you tomorrow, Mickey," which Callaway seemingly interpreted negatively following a tough loss to the Cubs. Callaway then cursed at Healey and ordered him removed from the Wirgley Field clubhouse. Vargas at that point exchanged words with Healey and threatened him with physical violence. Details:
Healey provided his version of events in a recent Newsday piece. As for Callaway:
More from Callaway:
For their part, the Metsand now have decided to discipline Callaway and Vargas.
Callaway's job security has been an issue pretty much since GM Brodie Van Wagenen took the reins this past offseason. This incident in tandem with the Mets' disappointing season to date (Callaway is 114-126 as Mets manager since the start of the 2018 season) very likely makes his seat even hotter. On that front:
That's not exactly a ringing endorsement -- and if you parse it carefully, it's not even a compliment -- but it does imply that Callaway isn't going to be fired right away. As things add up, though, it's hard to imagine his finishing the season as Mets manager.
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