The Mets’ rookie manager talks about the challenges ahead as he prepares to manage for the first time at any level in his career.

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Mets think they can win if all goes according to plan. Manager Mickey Callaway thinks he has the right plan to guide the Mets to a winning season.

The rookie manager gave his first press conference of spring training Tuesday at First Data Field and he had some bold words.

“If we do not do things, it’s going to be on me,” Callaway said.

The hard part with any new regime is getting the players to buy into the same mantra, but Callaway said that hasn’t been the case.

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“They look to their left, and they look to their right and they know they can contend,” Callaway said. “We have the players that can do it. It has become very evident in my time here at Port St. Lucie.”

Maybe everyone is buying in because he’s holding himself accountable or maybe it’s because he’s holding them to the same high standards. A few players from the 2015 team have said that the World Series loss still stings. They had no idea things would go so wrong in 2017.

“I want to get to the World Series. I still have a bitter taste in my mouth from losing in 2015,” catcher Travis d’Arnaud said. “Whatever they want to do, I’m in.”

Despite the fact that much of the 2015 core is still in place, it’s clear they’re all seeking change instead of trying to go back in time and recreate what could have been.

And Callaway is bringing about big changes.

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