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Saint Louis Cardinals’ Andrew Miller knows what New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway‘s problems stem from.

New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway has taken a lot of heat this season from the New York media. The Mets aren’t in a horrible position, but they’re not in a great one either.

They’re three games below .500 and haven’t seemed to get in a consistent groove as far as winning is concerned.

Current Saint Louis Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller was coached by Callaway during his time in Cleveland. Miller said Callaway was always good with the media and handled it well.

But the thing is, the Cleveland media is a lot different than the New York media. Callaway wasn’t receiving a lot of the hard-hitting questions he is now.

“It’s not a lot of fun to read or hear about or deal with that kind of an angle that is being taken by the media,” Miller told Mollie Walker of the New York Post before defeating the Mets 3-4 on Sunday.

“It’s the reality, it’s the job that we do. We’re evaluated and we hear about it in the paper constantly, and there’s probably not too many jobs in the sports world that are open to more of that dialogue than managing a team in New York.”

Callaway has been on the hot seat a few times this season. The way he handles the media may seem like it doesn’t help his case either. But if the Mets’ front office was smart, they wouldn’t even look at how Callaway deals with the media when evaluating him as the ballclub’s manager.

Miller agrees that the front office needs to just evaluate what Callaway does in the dugout.

“[The front office is] trying to understand how he’s getting through to players and what his decision-making process is and why he does the things he does,” Miller said. “You’ve got to trust that if you think he’s doing those things well, that he’s the right man for the job.”

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.