Showing posts with label Mookie Wilson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mookie Wilson. 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.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mookie gets his old number back


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If Sandy Alderson was trying to win over Mets fans with yesterday’s release of Luis Castillo, he’s off to a roaring start.

One of the overlooked side benefits of cutting Castillo was that his No. 1 was put back into circulation. This is notable because Mookie Wilson, who will serve as first base coach this season, wore that very same number during his entire 10-year tenure with the Mets.

And it didn’t take Wilson long to reclaim his old digs. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, he’s already donning his familiar No. 1 in Orlando for today’s game against the Braves.

That’s right. In less than 24 hours the Mets have went from one of the least popular figures in recent franchise history wearing No. 1 to one of the most beloved. Nicely done, Sandy.
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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 01, 2010

Collins on: Chris Young, Next Hitting coach, The Mook and More....


According to ESPN NY, Terry Collins confirmed ESPN's report that the Mets are far along in signing free agent right-hander Chris Young.


"We're looking into it pretty heavy," Collins said on WFAN on Wednesday morning.

The manager added that the Mets already are reviewing Young's medical information, a prerequisite to a signing becoming official.

Collins on Hitting Coach, Mookie Wilson:

Collins said the Mets will interview three to four hitting coaches at the winter meetings next week.

According to Collins, There is a "good shot" of  Mookie Wilson being first base coach. Wilson returned to the organization this past season as minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator after four years away from baseball.

He actually served as Mets first base coach from 1997-2002.

Collins on  Johan, Thole, Pedro Feliciano....

The manager estimated a June return for Johan Santana. Santana underwent Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Sandy Alderson already had been on the record noting Santana would not be ready for the start of the season.

He reiterated that Josh Thole has earned the chance to be the everyday catcher.

While it's hard to envision the Mets outbidding other teams at this point given the payroll constraints, Collins said the Mets "still have a chance to sign" Pedro Feliciano, who declined the Mets' arbitration offer Tuesday.
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