Mets' Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas lose cool at reporter following loss

Ross Houston
June 24, 2019

"Mickey came out of his office, dressed, and I thought he was leaving for the day, so I said, 'See you tomorrow, Mickey, ' " Healey said of what set off the encounter.

The Mets suffered a gut-wrenching loss on Sunday, but that will now be the least of their concerns as they deal with the fallout from the manager cursing out a reporter before Vargas charged at said reporter.

While Callaway has never had an outburst like this before with a reporter, the second-year manager has pushed back when asked critical questions. The New York Post's Mike Puma reports that when Healey didn't leave, Vargas got into a stare down with him and words were exchanged. "Some people said charged - charged is super-strong".

"I couldn't confidently tell you exactly what he said, but he said, 'You know we're going to be in a bad mood after a loss, ' or something like that".


Healey confirmed to Newsday that the incident started when he said, "See you tomorrow, Mickey", and after the manager returned, he continued voicing his displeasures to Healey.

No punches were throw in the incident. Callaway did not remove Lugo from the game, even though he didn't have his best stuff, and had All-Star closer Edwin Diaz in the bullpen.

Callaway, still on edge from the loss, turned around and yelled, "Don't be a smarta-, motherf--".

According to other reporters present, Callaway directed more expletives at Healey.


"The Mets sincerely regret the incident that took place with one of our beat writers following today's game in the clubhouse", the statement read.

The reporter also said he received an apology call from Mets COO Jeff Wilpon later Sunday. "We do not condone this type of behavior from any employee".

Cameron Maybin became the 21st player to go on the injured list this year for the New York Yankees, exceeding their total for the entire 2018 season, after the 32-year-old outfielder suffered a strained left calf in the third inning of Friday's 4-1 win over the Astros. "The organization has reached out and apologized to this reporter and will have further discussions internally with all involved parties".


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