The Entire Coaching Staff is Returning

After it was leaked that manager Terry Collins was receiving a new two year deal, it seemed like a formality that the entire coaching staff would be coming back as well.  According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, that is indeed the case.

Sep 2, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen (59) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the 7th inning at Turner Field. The Braves won 13-5. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Bench coach Bob Geren, hitting coach Dave Hudgens, first base coach Tim Teufel, and first base coach Tom Goodwin have all been invited back for 2014.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen, who has been on the staff since 2008, is coming back as well.  However, the club showed a bit more faith in Warthen than the rest of the coaching staff, by handing him a two year extension.  In another move that seems to back up the notion that the club views Warthen in a very favorable light, the Mets have invited him to attend their organizational meetings that kick off in Florida tomorrow.

Thoughts:

As is noted above, the fact that the coaching staff is remaining intact is far from a surprise.  Dan Warthen has always been spoken of highly, Tim Teufel is close with Fred Wilpon and has done a solid job coaching third base, and there have never been any complaints from the players about the rest of the staff.

This, of course, puts to bed any possibility that Wally Backman will join the coaching staff in 2014.  Even though Sandy Alderson noted that Backman would be considered if there was an opening on the big league staff, that never seemed like a legitimate possibility.

Backman will almost certainly be asked to return as manager for AAA Las Vegas, but will likely leave the organization if a job with another big league staff becomes available.

 

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  • Ken Meoni

    Because Hudgens did such a great job this year?????? Oh, because he taught all the Met hitters to take pitches as per SA’s instructions. Snore.

  • Ken Meoni

    BTW, did you here about SA considering spending some of the 30M on bringing Santana back? Please, Someone, put him (SA) in a retirement home.

  • cliffy44

    This makes about as much sense as if the owners were to also bring back Terry Cillins.

    WAIT.

    That’s exactly what they did.

    Dan Worthen and Dave Hudgkins are each 1/3 of the problem; and the brains behind the Mets have seemed to have suffered a collective anurism.

    And, as far as Collins goes, in the words of (The Late) Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, re-hiring Terry Collins is “THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN”, for the New York Mets. No other manager in the history of organized baseball has had an escalating loss record, during his entire 3 year assignment; and yet retained his position.

    It’s almost as if Collins has taken a page from Pete Rose; and bet against
    his own team; which would make him a VERY rich person.

    Only obama has a worse record than Terry Collins does; and he’s gone at the end of his “contract:.

    So should Collins be. And Worthen. And Hudgkins.

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