Showing posts with label Mets Coaching Staff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets Coaching Staff. Show all posts

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rubin: Mets expected to announce Huggins as Hitting Coach

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Dave Hudgens appears to be the clear-cut front runner for the Mets hitting coach position, with an announcement expected within days. Hudgens was one of three finalists.

The others: former Detroit Tigers first base coach Andy Van Slyke , Pirates hitting coach Don Long .

Hudgens manages Caracas in the Venezuelan winter league and has minor league field coordinator for the Cleveland Indians for the past five seasons.

He also has served as a minor league manager for the Oakland Athletics, which is a connection to the front office.

He actually was the fifth overall pick in the first round by the Mets in the now-defunct January draft in 1975 but did not sign.

Collins' staff also is expected to include Ken Oberkfell as bench coach, Dan Warthen as pitching coach, Chip Hale at third base and Jon Debus as bullpen coach. Collins recently labeled Mookie Wilson the likely first base coach.

By the way, Hudgens has a blog with hitting tips. You can check it out at

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.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Mets hire new bullpen coach

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  the Mets will hire Jon Debus as bullpen coach, succeeding Randy Niemann in that role.

Debus served as Terry Collins' coach with Orix in Japan. The men had a longstanding previous relationship with the Dodgers.

Debus served as the Dodgers' bullpen coach for one season, in 2007 under Grady Little, after Dan Warthen left that position to return to the Mets.

Mets Notes: Mets interview Long for hitting coach, Moises Alou notes

According to ESPN NY, former Pirates hitting coach Don Long became the second candidate to interview for the Mets' hitting coach job when he met with Mets officials on Tuesday morning.

Long, who spent the past three seasons in that role with Pittsburgh, is credited with helping Jason Bay.

He previously served as Phillies minor league hitting coordinator for eight years also served as a minor league manager with the Angels for 11 years.

Yesterday Andy Van Slyke was the first candidate to interview for the job.

Meanwhile, a team source according to ESPN says Moises Alou is not a candidate for the staff at this point.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Coaches in and Coaches Out

According to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, Moises Alou is a candidate to be the Mets 1st base coach.

Alou is currently general manager of Escogido, the Dominican winter league team managed by Ken Oberkfell.

Speaking of Ken Oberkfell, he might be a candidate for Bench Coach according to what Kevin Burkhardt was saying that they want to hire from within the organization.

The Mets will dismisses their strength coach, Rick Slate, according to
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