According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets’ coaching changes will include more than just the hitting coach(es) positions, though Rubin stressed that “major” changes are not expected.
It’s been widely reported that hitting coach Lamar Johnson, who took over during the season, will be reassigned within the organization. Rubin is surmising that assistant hitting coach Luis Natera may also be removed from his current position.
As far as Abreu, he said last Friday that while he absolutely wants to become a hitting coach, he may not be ready for the role right away.
With pitching coach Dan Warthen and third base coach Tim Teufel returning and hitting coach Lamar Johnson expected to be replaced, the additional non-major change Rubin is speaking of would have to include either bench coach Bob Geren, first base coach Tom Goodwin, or bullpen coach Ricky Bones.
Bones is well thought of, and coached in the minors for the Mets before being promoted, so it would be a bit surprising if he was replaced.
That would seem to leave either Geren or Goodwin as the candidates to be replaced.
If that’s the case, it’s fair to wonder if current Triple-A manager Wally Backman may still find his way onto the big league coaching staff.