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Coaching Staff

Backman To Manage Bisons

In what could be a set up for the future the Mets have named Wally Backman as manager of AAA Buffalo. Many people scoffed at the fact that Backman wasn’t named to Terry Collins’ staff on the major league level last month but being at AAA is probably good for his chances at a major […]

Mets Shuffle Coaching Staff

The Mets announced coaching changes this afternoon. Ken Oberkfell (bench), Chip Hale (3B), Mookie Wilson (1B) and Jon Debus (bullpen) will not be back next year. Tim Teufel will coach third base in place of Hale, who has already signed as the Oakland A’s bench coach, and Ricky Bones will replace Debus. Dave Hudgens (hitting) […]

Mets Finalize Coaching Staff

The Mets made their coaching staff for the 2011 season official today naming the following coaches to manager Terry Collins’ staff: Dave Hudgens, Hitting coach Dan Warthen, Pitching coach Mookie Wilson, First base coach Chip Hale, Third base coach Ken Oberkfell, Bench coach Jon Debus, Bullpen coach It’ll be nice to see Mookie back in […]

Reyes Option Picked Up, Manager Search Begins

Sandy Alderson made his first player move yesterday when he picked up the option on Jose Reyes‘s contract. Reyes will make $11 million in 2011. Meanwhile, Alderson has invited Carlos Beltran to New York for a meeting. I’m not sure what Alderson wants to discuss but I’d speculate he wants to talk about the direction […]

Ricciardi In, Shines Out

In a not very surprising move the Mets announced today that they have hired J. P. Ricciardi as a special assistant to new general manager Sandy Alderson. Though it’s not surprising the team reached out to Ricciardi it does seem to put John Ricco’s status as general manager in waiting into question. Ricciardi had apparrently […]

Manuel Back On The Chopping Block

With the start of the second half of the season resulting in a 2-9 record the talk of manager Jerry Manuel’s job being in jeopardy have been resurrected. There’s also been talk of hitting coach Howard Johnson being on the hot seat. If winning and losing is the criteria with which you hire and fire […]

Thoughts About the Coaching Staff

Coaching is a part of the game that is hard for a fan to really understand than one may think. Pitching, hitting and third base coaches are a bit more visible than others since you can usually see the fruits of their labor in the teams stats. But unless you watch a team more closely […]