Report: Mets skipper Mickey Callaway expected to return in 2019

Despite a nightmarish season for Mickey Callaway, the New York Mets expect to retain the rookie manager for next season, Newsday reported Sunday.

A source told Newsday's Steven Marcus that even if the team hired a new general manager for 2019, Callaway is believed to be sticking around for a second season at Mets skipper.

The Mets inked Callaway, who turned 43 in May, to a three-year deal last fall after Callaway spent the previous five seasons as Cleveland Indians pitching coach. His contract includes a club option for 2021.

"You know it could happen at any time and I know I'm going to get fired one day, Callaway said before Sunday's game against Atlanta, responding to the report. "So, I try not to worry about it and do the work.'"

His first season as field manager began with promise as the Mets raced out to an 11-1 start. But a wave of injuries and controversies surrounding former ace Matt Harvey, later traded to Cincinnati, derailed the Mets. New York is 34-63 (.351) since its scorching start to fall far from any playoff race this season.

The Mets face uncertainty at general manager next offseason. Sandy Alderson, who played a major role in bringing Callaway to New York, left the team in June on leave to undergo cancer treatments and it's unknown if he will return in the same role into next season. The front office has shared duties among John Ricco, J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya -- all of whom could be internal candidates if Alderson does not return in 2019.

Regardless, Callaway's job is apparently safe this winter.

"They said, 'Just keep on working the way you work,' " he said. " 'You can't control wins and losses all you can do is control the work and how you do it.' I think all of us have been aligned on that the whole time and knew that coming in."