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    Mets Making Changes To Coaching Staff



    by STEVE ADAMS

    November 5, 2018 at 12:36 PM CDT

    The Mets have opted not to retain hitting coach Pat Roessler for the 2019 season, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter). The Post’s Mike Puma adds that bullpen pitching coach Ricky Bones will be reassigned elsewhere in the organization. Meanwhile, assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will not be considered for the lead hitting coach job and will remain in his current role, per Puma.

    Roessler, 59 in December, spent just one year as the team’s primary hitting coach. He’d previously served as assistant hitting coach for three seasons, including two years in which the Mets set new franchise records for home runs hit (218 in 2016 and 224 in 2017). Prior to Roessler’s time with the Mets, he spent more than a decade with the Yankees as their director of player development — also at times working as their minor league hitting coordinator and field coordinator. He held similar roles with the White Sox, Expos and Astros from 1988-2004.

    Bones, 49, had a 10-year career as a big league pitcher and got his start as a coach in the minor league ranks with the Expos/Nationals franchise. He’s previously worked for more than half a decade as a pitching coach in the Mets’ minor league system and has also twice served as the pitching coach for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic (2013, 2017). He’d been serving in his role as the Mets’ bullpen coach for the past seven seasons.

    It’s not yet clear what the future holds for the rest of the staff, though new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said during his introductory press conference that Mickey Callaway would return as the Mets’ manager in 2019.

    12:36pm: The Mets have opted not to retain hitting coach Pat Roessler for the 2019 season, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter). The Post’s Mike Puma adds that bullpen pitching coach Ricky Bones will be reassigned elsewhere in the organization. Meanwhile, assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will not be considered for the lead hitting coach job and will remain in his current role, per Puma.

    6:01pm: In addition to confirming the previously reported modifications, the Mets have some further tweaks to their staff, Van Wagenen announced (via Tim Healey of Newsday, Twitter links). Gary DiSarcina will become the third base coach while Glenn Sherlock will shift across the diamond to serve as the first base coach, leaving the club in search of a bench coach as well as a hitting coach and bullpen coach.

    Meanwhile, Ruben Amaro Jr. will move into a front office role advising Van Wagenen. Amaro has been in uniform since being removed from his position as the Phillies GM after the 2015 season.


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    More coaching changes...

    DiSarcina moves from Bench coach to 3B coach (good, get someone in there who can better help Callaway with the in-game mechanics).
    Sherlock moves from 3B coach to 1B coach (good, I felt that he made lots of poor decisions at 3B).

    And my favorite - Amaro Jr. moves from 1B coach to the front office as an advisor to the GM. Amaro is a very smart, knowledgeable guy. He helped acquire a lot of the guys currently on the Phillies roster. I like that BVW is surrounding himself with experienced front office personnel (Minaya & Amaro so far).

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    • #3
      you have to figure the guy knows how to run a company as a co-head to a major agency division.... you don't get there by flying solo.

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      • #4
        Who do we like as bench coach options? I’ve heard Riggleman’s name thrown out there. Frankly, I’d prefer to see a former manager who has garnered success - like a Joe Girardi or Don Mattingly who are both New York guys through their playing and coaching days. Both have also managed NL teams before - and when the NL moves to the DH will be easily transitioned.

        As far as hitting coach, Chili Davis has been rumored. Don’t know much about him, but he has worked with Red Sox and Cubs over the years and he hasn’t held a steady role anywhere...

        Perhaps it’s a situation where we promote from within.
        Valentino Pascucci anyone?

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          Mets Notes: Riggleman



          by MARK POLISHUK

          November 12, 2018 at 2:18 PM CDT

          In other Mets news, Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman recently tweeted that Jim Riggleman will interview for the team’s open bench coach position sometime this week. Riggleman served as the Reds’ interim manager for much of the 2018 season, and he would add over three decades of coaching and managerial experience to Mickey Callaway’s staff. SNY TV’s Andy Martino offers the alternative suggestion that the Mets should consider former Phillies manager Pete Mackanin as bench coach, arguing that Mackanin is more well-versed in how to apply modern analytics to in-game management.

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            https://twitter.com/Mets/status/

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            • #7
              they didn't "complete the coaching staff"...unless they figure that the offense can't suck any more without a hitting coach than they have done the last several years with 2 hitting coaches

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                Mets Hire Jim Riggleman As Bench Coach



                by JEFF TODD

                26 Nov 2018 at 6:27 PM CDT

                The Mets announced that they have hired Jim Riggleman to serve as their next bench coach, with Jon Heyman tweeting the news just before the team did. He’ll be the top member of manager Mickey Callaway’s staff. In 2018, Callaway’s first at the helm of the dugout, the club utilized Gary DiSarcina as the bench coach. But DiSarcina was reassigned to serve as third base coach, with new GM Brodie Van Wagenen making clear the organization preferred to bring on a new bench coach that had prior experience running games in the National League.

                Rigglemen certainly fits the mold of what the Mets said they were seeking. The 66-year-old has served as the manager of five clubs, four of them in the National League. Through 13 total seasons as a big league skipper, including gigs with the Padres, Cubs, Mariners, Nationals, and Reds, Riggleman carries a 726-904 record.

                Most recently, Riggleman functioned in an interim capacity with the Reds. He managed the Cincinnati ballclub for most of the 2018 campaign, taking over for Bryan Price after opening the year as their bench coach. Riggleman was considered as a candidate for the full-time position but was bypassed in favor of David Bell.

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                • #9
                  Will the hitting coach need deGrom approval?
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                    why deGrom?

                    One of the most recent names that I've heard is Dave Magadan

                • #10
                  Not getting all warm and fuzzy inside over Riggle. but how much could it hurt? Not like he's had a lot of success as a manager, though.

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                    Mets Expected To Hire Chili Davis As Hitting Coach


                    by JEFF TODD
                    4 Dec 2018 at 1:58 PM CDT

                    The Mets are expected to reach a deal with Chili Davis to make him the club’s next hitting coach, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter). He’ll replace Pat Roessler, who was dismissed after the 2018 campaign.

                    Davis, 58, turned in a highly productive 19-year MLB career in which he only failed to produce at a league-average or better rate over the course of a given season. Since, he has turned to teaching the craft to others. After stints at the lower levels of the Dodgers and Red Sox organizations, Davis became the A’s hitting coach in advance of the 2012 campaign.

                    Since taking the gig in Oakland, Davis has been a mainstay in the major-league coaching ranks. He has held the same position with the Red Sox and Cubs, though he lasted only a single season with the Chicago organization. Mets skipper Mickey Callaway now has a substantially revamped coaching staff to work with, led by just-added bench coach Jim Riggleman.

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                    • #12
                      At first I thought that said Crash Davis!!

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                        Mets Rumors: Chuck Hernandez and Luis Rojas


                        by CONNOR BYRNE
                        9 Dec 2018 at 3:48 PM CDT

                        More on the Mets, who – along with the previously reported Chili Davis – have added Chuck Hernandez and Luis Rojas to their coaching staff, Heyman tweets and the the team has since made official. Hernandez will be their bullpen coach, while Rojas will serve as a quality control coach. Hernandez worked as the division-rival Braves’ pitching coach from 2017-18. They dismissed him after last season.:source

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