The New York Mets have completed their 2010 Major League coaching staff this week. New additions include Dave Jauss as bench coach and Chip Hale as third base coach. Among the incumbents, Razor Shines, the third base coach in 2009, moves to first base, while Howard Johnson (hitting coach), Dan Warthen (pitching coach) and Randy Niemann (bullpen coach) will continue in their same roles.
Also, the Mets also named Terry Collins, who is in his 40th season in professional baseball, the team’s Minor League Field Coordinator.
Chip Hale was the third base/infield coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks the past three years. He also had a nice runs as manager in the minor leagues where he compiled a 392-305 record (.562 winning percentage) in six seasons. Jerry Manuel is happy to have Hale on board and believes he can help the Mets improve their fundamentals.
“Chip learned from Tom Kelly in Minnesota where everything is about fundamentals, fundamentals and fundamentals,” added Manuel. “The third base coach is such a critical position and we think it’s a great plus that he comes to us with a ready-made knowledge of the National League.”
I don’t know about you, but hearing Jerry Manuel mention the word “fundamentals” three times in one sentence is definitely music to my ears.
Here is the way the Mets coaching staff shakes out for next season:
Mets Manager & Coaching Staff
- Manager: Jerry Manuel
- Bench Coach: Dave Jauss
- First Base Coach: Razor Shines
- Third Base Coach: Chip Hale
- Hitting Coach: Howard Johnson
- Pitching Coach: Dan Warthen
- Bullpen Coach: Randy Niemann