Mickey Callaway welcomes the pressure he doesn’t deserve yet

PORT ST. LUCIE — Mickey Callaway held his inaugural State of the Mets news conference Tuesday at First Data Field, and is it possible to observe, without any political or personal implications or judgments whatsoever, that he speaks a little like the current United States President? He threw out

The Mets’ first-base competition may already be decided

PORT ST. LUCIE — Dominic Smith is in shape and ready to compete for the Mets’ first-base job, but he may not be facing an open competition with Adrian Gonzalez. And manager Mickey Callaway indicated Tuesday that it could be difficult for the club to carry two first basemen,

Mets are considering an unconventional leadoff hitter

PORT ST. LUCIE — Have a leadoff idea? Send it to Mickey Callaway. The Mets’ manager admitted Tuesday that among the big questions he has to answer in spring training is who will handle the leadoff spot, especially with Michael Conforto expected to miss at least the first month

Here’s Mickey Callaway’s first chance to reassure Mets fans

PORT ST. LUCIE — Mickey Callaway’s initial State of the Mets address might be short on specifics, but there are several questions the new manager will need to address. Callaway will host his first spring training press conference Tuesday, at which time the following topics will likely be broached: If

Mets camp will begin with noticeable Terry Collins time change

PORT ST. LUCIE — After a turbulent winter, spring has finally sprung for the Mets. The official report date to spring training for Mets pitchers and catchers is Monday, but most players fitting that description have been trickling into First Data Field over the last several days to get

The other pitcher whisperer who needs to fix Mets’ staff

PORT ST. LUCIE — The spotlight is on Mickey Callaway and what he can do for the Mets pitchers, beginning Monday, when pitchers and catchers officially report to First Data Field. “I’m excited, I can’t wait to get going,’’ Callaway said Sunday, but don’t underestimate the influence of pitching

How Mickey Callaway plans to attack his first Mets camp

PORT ST. LUCIE — The door to Mickey Callaway’s office will remain open this spring, but finding the new Mets manager in that space could be a challenge. Callaway prefers to mingle with players and share ideas. Communication is king. It’s an approach that was impressed upon the journeyman

Jerry Blevins endorses Mickey Callaway’s bullpen approach

PORT ST. LUCIE — Mets reliever Jerry Blevins lives in Ohio and mentioned Friday he has been hearing it from Indians fans about new manager Mickey Callaway. “Being from Ohio, there are a lot of Indians fans around there,” Blevins said at First Data Field, “so a lot of

Jeurys Familia: I don’t need the defined role of Mets’ closer

PORT ST. LUCIE — Jeurys Familia is all aboard the Mickey Callaway Bullpen Train. The Mets manager said he is going to mix and match this season, using different relievers to close. That could include bringing in Familia in a high-leverage situation, potentially in the seventh or eighth inning,

Signs pointing toward a Noah Syndergaard resurgence

PORT ST. LUCIE — Everything is in place for an ace of a season. Noah Syndergaard is healthy and has fine-tuned his strong body, making himself more flexible and athletic. There is another change, too. Syndergaard already has taken to new Mets manager Mickey Callaway, who was the Indians

Mets can’t hide Todd Frazier excitement: “He’s a perfect fit’

PORT ST. LUCIE — Todd Frazier makes the Mets legit. They believe they really have a fighting chance to compete for the wild card, now that they finally have a third baseman again after agreeing to a two-year, $17 million deal with Frazier on Monday night. “It’s huge,’’ catcher Travis

Inside Mickey Callaway’s Mets camp, which will be different

PORT ST. LUCIE — Now it’s real. Following Super Bowl Sunday, baseball will be here. Mickey Callaway was named Mets manager 105 days ago. After months of planning, he is at the First Data Field complex putting those plans into action and meeting with players who have arrived early. Callaway

Mickey Callaway already has a plan to revitalize Mets’ rotation

PORT ST. LUCIE — He was wearing flip-flops on this sunny and warm Friday, but Mets manager Mickey Callaway has hit the ground running at First Data Field. Callaway broke down some specific plans on how he will handle the rotation, as he and pitching coach Dave Eiland begin

Mets being closer-less is more than a tactic: It’s an attitude

This could wind up being more about a mindset than a method. Then again, the Mets sure could benefit from a psychological reboot after last year’s debacle, right? Their new manager, Mickey Callaway, conceded Tuesday, at a breakfast with local columnists, that he could envision Jeurys Familia getting the bulk

Asdrubal Cabrera now wants the position that made him snap

Funny how baseball works. Asdrubal Cabrera never wanted to switch away from shortstop last season. Remember, he asked for a trade last June in San Francisco when he was told he would be playing third and second. Now, he couldn’t be happier. The Mets picked up his $8.5 million option,

The first step to fixing the Mets’ pitching problems

A structured offseason throwing program is step one in the Mets’ rebuilding of their pitching rotation. To that end, new pitching coach Dave Eiland is encouraged by reports he is receiving from Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, among others, with an eye toward

New Mets reliever: How Mickey Callaway turned me around

If Anthony Swarzak’s reunion with his former pitching coach Mickey Callaway is the highlight of the Mets’ offseason, it likely won’t matter how well the right-hander does in the bullpen, as the Mets almost certainly will be in for a disappointing year. But Swarzak, who signed a two-year, $14

Mickey Callaway’s bold plan to shake up Mets bullpen

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Mickey Callaway is ready to usher out the era of the big-time closer. In a different approach that isn’t so radical based on the manner in which bullpens have evolved in recent years, the new Mets manager outlined a plan Tuesday to remove the

Mets are back in on Matt Harvey’s chance at redemption

The Mets believe in a Matt Harvey revival. General manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday the Mets are hanging onto Harvey because new manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland want him on their staff, The Post’s Mike Puma reported. Harvey’s name was floated in several trade discussions Monday, the

Mets already know what they need most at winter meetings

The highlight of the Mets’ offseason so far is Giancarlo Stanton’s departure from the NL East. But even that transaction came with a hitch: Though the Mets are finished facing the feared slugger 19 times a season with the Marlins, Stanton now becomes a nemesis across town with the

Sandy Alderson confirms Mets fans’ worst fears

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — This was a bad weekend for Mets fans. First, the Yankees reminded everyone they were the Yankees by landing Giancarlo Stanton. And then, if there were any doubt that the Mets are still the Mets, Sandy Alderson corroborated that at the outset of the

Noah Syndergaard: Matt Harvey and I will bounce back

The Mets are hoping the addition of new manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland can help a once fearsome rotation return to dominance. Both have been in contact with the team’s pitchers and Eiland has given them throwing programs and an idea of what to expect in

Jerry Blevins knows the Mets’ offseason move he wants to see

Sandy Alderson isn’t alone in his desire for the Mets to get some help in the bullpen. “It’s pretty obvious we have a need for another big arm back there, especially with some of the limits we’re gonna have on our starting pitching coming through injury or lower innings

Mets are joining MLB health revolution with key new addition

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Mets hired a new manager last month and constructed a new coaching staff around him, but maybe their biggest offseason change that doesn’t involve the roster is yet to come. In this era of analytics, the Mets will more closely monitor statistics of a different

Mets open to trading away some of their starting pitching depth

ORLANDO, Fla. — As much as the Mets are wary of trading from their potential starting pitching depth, general manager Sandy Alderson is open to the proposition. In an attempt to acquire position players, the Mets will listen if teams ask about the likes of Robert Gsellman, Seth

Mets considering giving Jacob deGrom a contract extension

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jacob deGrom remains a long-term priority for the Mets, but discussions are yet to commence on a contract that would buy out the ace right-hander’s remaining arbitration years. A club source indicated Tuesday that general manager Sandy Alderson may still engage deGrom’s camp in negotiations at

These bullpen arms will be high on Mets’ shopping list

The bullpen comes first for the Mets. As team officials consider their myriad of needs this offseason — another power bat and starting pitching among them — the top priority, according to club sources, is finding another arm that can complement Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos and Jerry Blevins in

Mets hired their own version of MLB’s modern manager

LOS ANGELES — Mark DeRosa was flattered, yet not quite ready for full commitment. He had never managed, never even coached and yet Sandy Alderson reached out to see if he was interested to interview to succeed Terry Collins. DeRosa went through the process, sitting with Alderson and assistant GM John

What Mickey Callaway is looking for in Mets’ pitching coach

Mickey Callaway made his name and arrived at Citi Field on Monday largely because of his work as a pitching guru with the Indians. But general manager Sandy Alderson made it clear Callaway, as the Mets new manager, was there to manage first and foremost with a yet-to-be-hired pitching coach handling