The New York Mets made major changes to the coaching staff this week. Now they need to fill a few vacancies.
The New York Mets aren’t firing Mickey Callaway and they will keep pitching coach Dave Eiland for at least another year. Those two high-profile Mets coaches were the subject of many 2018 storylines involving this ball club. They should, again, headline many other tales in 2019.
As for the rest of the staff, there were major changes in Brodie Van Wagenen’s first full week as the general manager. After what we can assume was a quiet Sunday, Van Wagenen and his team decided to make significant moves.
Hitting coach Pat Roessler won’t be back after a year in which the offense struggled mightily. Last season was his first as the team’s hitting coach. Clearly, there’s either a lack of patience with him or they have a better candidate in mind. Bullpen coach Ricky Bones will also receive a new position. His role has yet to be determined.
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Not done yet, bench coach Gary DiSarcina will move away from Callaway’s side and become the new third base coach. The position was previously held by Glenn Sherlock, who now becomes the first base coach. To make this possible, Ruben Amaro Jr. moves back to the front office. He will be an advisor for Van Wagenen.
This wasn’t the kind of immediate change I think any of us expected this soon. While some hoped an early deal with Manny Machado might get things started, Van Wagenen has instead chosen to shake things up in another way.
There are benefits to each of these moves. The Mets can seek out someone they may view as a better fit than Roessler.
Maybe more important, they can get someone to guide Callaway a little better. The big knock on Callaway’s rookie year was his ties to the American League. An experienced National League mind beside him may do wonders.
At the very least, we may get through 162 teams without the team batting out of order.
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