New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway reportedly shouted profanities at a Newsday reporter in the clubhouse Sunday and starting pitcher Jason Vargas challenged the reporter to a fight and had to be restrained from going after him.
The incident came after the Mets’ bullpen blew a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning Sunday in what resulted in a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Callaway instructed the team’s public relations staff to escort Newsday’s Tim Healey from the clubhouse, telling them to “get this m—–f—– out of here,” according to the multiple reporters present.
When Healey did not leave, Vargas then stared him down and shouted at him, including saying, “I’ll knock you the f— out, bro,” according to a Yahoo Sports account.
Callaway, the Mets’ embattled second-year manager, received a vote of confidence from first-year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen in late May after the club was swept by the Marlins in a three-game series in Miami. Sunday’s loss dropped the Mets to 37-41 on the season, nine games behind first-place Atlanta in the National League East.
The Mets did make a change on their coaching staff oThursday when they fired pitching coach Dave Eiland and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez.