Showing posts with label Ken Oberkfell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ken Oberkfell. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Tim Teufel gets added to 2012 Coaching Staff, As Four Coaches will not be back


The New York Mets said Wednesday that four coaches won't return next season.

Bench coach Ken Oberkfell, third base coach Chip Hale, first base coach Mookie Wilson and bullpen coach Jon Debus will not be back, while hitting coach Dave Hudgens and pitching coach Dan Warthen will return to manager Terry Collins' staff for 2012.

Former Mets infielder Tim Teufel, who was managing at Triple-A Buffalo, will be the new third base coach and Ricky Bones will step in as bullpen coach.

Last week, the Mets exercised the 2013 contract option for Collins after he guided the team to a 77-85 record in his first season at the helm.

The Mets have missed the playoffs each of the last five years.

Friday, February 11, 2011

ESPN Podcast: Oberkfell Talks about Brad Emaus and Daniel Murphy


Adam Rubin talks to Ken Oberkfell about coming back to the big leagues and a couple of infielders named Brad Emaus and Daniel Murphy.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Mookie Wilson is Back: New York Mets Finalize 2011 Coaching Staff


It took a few weeks for ownership to finally hire a GM, and even longer for the GM to hire a manager, so it only makes sense that there is an aura of suspense around who Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins will choose to close out their coaching staff.

In a conference call with bloggers last Friday, Alderson made it clear that new coaches had already been identified; he was just waiting for the right time to make the announcement.
And it appears that the time has come.

The Mets will hire Dave Hudgens to replace Howard Johnson as the hitting coach. Hudgens has previous ties with the Mets – drafted by the team in 1975 as there fifth overall pick, but did not sign – and he also has a prior relationship with manager Terry Collins.

It may seem odd that the Mets decided to go with a hitting coach who only has one hit in seven at bats during his major league career, but Hudgens was hired more for his baseball knowledge and discipline than his actual experience.

He has previously served as the Cleveland Indians minor league field coordinator, the same job Collins held last year with the Mets, and is currently managing Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League where he has Mets starting catcher Josh Thole on the roster.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ken Oberkfell to be named bench coach


Ken Oberkfell in his playing days
Adam Rubin of ESPN NewYork reports that Ken Oberkfell will be named Mets bench coach.
Oberkfell has managed the Mets’ AAA teams in their various locations for years, manages down in the Dominican Winter League and served as the Mets’ first base coach for a spell in 2008.  He’s a company man who is now getting a longer ride in the majors, which he likely deserves.  He’s also thought of as a cooler customer than Terry Collins is, so maybe he’ll provide some ying to Collins’ fiery yang.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ESPN Metsblog: Alderson will meet with Beltran and others on Saturday


Sandy Alderson will meet face to face with Carlos Beltran on Saturday in Puerto Rico. Alderson will attend a press conference for the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, which is due to open in August 2011. Beltran spearheaded the development of the high school on his native island. Angel Pagan and Jose Reyes also are scheduled to attend.

Alderson is swinging by after a visit to the Dominican Republic, which will include a managerial interview with Triple-A Buffalo/Escogido manager Ken Oberkfell.

Source: Adam Rubin - ESPN New York

Big News: Wally Backman granted second interview with Mets


From CBS News: Wally Backman will be granted a follow-up interview with new GM Sandy Alderson for the Mets’ managerial opening, according to Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record. Backman, the second baseman for the Mets’ 1986 World Series championship club, was the manager of New York’s Class-A team in Brooklyn this year.

Alderson plans to hire a new manager by the winter meetings in early December. “It would probably be helpful for us to have a manager by end of the month. Another sort of logical deadline is Thanksgiving. I’m not sure we’re going to make that,” Alderson said Tuesday.

Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle and new Toronto bench coach Don Wakamatsu are scheduled for Wednesday.

Ken Oberkfell, the Mets Triple-A manager for the past six years, will be interviewed Thursday or Friday in the Dominican Republic, where he is managing in the winter league. One or two more candidates may be added.

“I think we’ve got some excellent candidates,” Alderson said. “I’ve been very pleased with those conversations.”

Alderson hopes to complete initial interviews this week and hold second interviews next week around the business, general managers and owners meetings in Orlando, Fla.

If I was a betting man (which I am), I bet the final three would be Backman, Collins, Hurdle. I really love the idea of having Backman as a possible manager.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Ken Oberkfell will interview for Mets manager position


Ken Oberkfell, who has managed the Mets’ Triple-A team for most of the last six years, will get a chance to interview for the opening with the big-league team.

Oberkfell has certainly paid all of his dues. He was Baseball America’s Minor League Manager of the Year in 2005. He’s managed the Mets’ Triple-A franchise through stops in Norfolk, New Orleans and Buffalo, with the only interruption coming when he became the team’s major league first-base coach for a spell in 2008 after Willie Randolph was fired as manager.

He’s even managing at this very moment. The interview will take place in the Dominican Republic because he’s trying to lead the Leones del Escogido to a second straight DWL championship.

A 16-year major leaguer, Oberkfell hit .278/.351/.362 with six clubs between 1977 and 1992. He had little power, but he amassed a 356/546 K/BB ratio in 4,874 career at-bats.

Oberkfell will be the seventh candidate interviewed by the Mets, joining fellow team employees Wally Backman, Terry Collins, Chip Hale, Dave Jauss and Bob Melvin and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Still on tap are Clint Hurdle and Don Wakamatsu.
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