Mets announce changes to bench and training staff

By JT. Teran
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Homeplate umpire Manny Gonzalez
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Homeplate umpire Manny Gonzalez /

The New York Mets have announced a few changes to their staff as the offseason begins.

On Tuesday, the Mets announced their first moves as the focus towards 2018 begins. Naturally, it’ll start with the staff on board.

As we already knew, Terry Collins is not coming back as manager. According to the Mets press release, he has accepted the position of Special Assistant to the General Manager. It’s nice to know he’ll be working closely with Sandy Anderson in the coming year in hopes of improving the roster overall.

We also knew that pitching coach Dan Warthen would not be returning to the club next season either. We did not know, however, that he would be offered another role within the organization. No word on what position that will be or if Warthen will accept it but again, kudos to the Mets for not leaving their coaches out to dry after letting them go.

The big news that we did not expect at all is the fact that head trainer Ray Ramirez will not be returning next season. Earlier reports had made it clear the team was  by their long-time trainer but that may have changed. No word on whether the Mets or Ramirez decided the change was needed but I think most Mets fans are going to be happy with anyone else at the head trainer position.

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The team suffered through so many injuries these last few seasons. And‪ while it’s silly to blame Ray Ramirez for the Mets injuries, he became a symbolic figure of those bad times for fans‬. Every time we saw a player injured, Ramirez was there. It was almost impossible not to relate the two and ultimately come to dislike the guy that was really only trying to help.

Good luck wherever you end up, Ray.