Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Coaching staff changes...

The Mets announced that only two coaches will remain on Terry Collins staff for the 2012 season, pitching coach Dan Warthen and hitting instructor Dave Hudgens.  I've become a huge fan of Hudgen's not only has he improved the major league hitters but there seems to be a system wide approach under him.  The opposite can be said of Warthen and I'm not sure what the Mets see in him.  I haven't seen a single pitcher excel under his tutelage nor does there seem to be a system being implemented for the organization.

The one coach I'm sorry to see go is Chip Hale, the Mets tried to retain him but unfortunately he decided to join his friend Bob Melvin's staff in Oakland ( what can you do). Eventually we would have lost Hale to a managerial job anyway.

Mookie Wilson, Jon Debus and Ken Oberkfell will not be returning to the major league staff.  Both Wilson and Debus have been offered other positions within the organization, it's unclear whether they have accepted them.  No word on Oberkfell's status but it seems like he either didn't accept an offer or is the odd man out.

Hale will be replaced at 3B by Tim Tueful who was considered a success as the AAA manager last season and Debus is being replaced by Ricky Bones as the bullpen coach. 

There is speculation that one or both of the two spots left could be filled from outside the organization,  my initial thought was maybe Wally Backman gets one of them but if that was the case I would have thought he would be announced with Tueful today.