Dave Wallace may be the leading candidate to become Terry Collins' pitching coach, a source with organization ties told ESPNNewYork.com.
The source also suggested Triple-A Buffalo manager Ken Oberkfell could become the Mets' bench coach, although that was far less certain.
Wallace spent 17 years affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers, much of it coinciding with Collins' tenure with that organization. He was the Mets' pitching coach in 1999 and 2000.
Wallace, 63, spent this past season as minor league pitching coordinator for the Atlanta Braves.
One source who knows about the relationship said: "He and TC are tight."
That would not be good news for incumbent pitching coach Dan Warthen, who had ownership endorsement with third base coach Chip Hale to remain on the staff. If Wallace is hired as pitching coach, perhaps Warthen could take over the role as minor league pitching coordinator, since Rick Waits has been pushed out of that role.
Sunday, November 21, 2010