Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has reported that Dave Jauss has been named bench coach for the New York Mets. He writes,
Dave Jauss is the Mets’ new bench coach, according to major-league sources. An announcement is expected Wednesday or Thursday. Jauss, 52, previously has worked as a bench coach for three teams — the Red Sox, Dodgers and Orioles.
Former Indians manager Eric Wedge, former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin were among the other candidates the Mets considered. For someone as experienced as Wedge or Melvin, the Mets’ position might have been a steppingstone; Mets manager Jerry Manuel, coming off a 70-win season, is entering the last year of his contract.
Jauss, however, has never managed in the majors, and will be considered far less of a threat to Manuel than other candidates would have been.
Matt Cerrone at MetsBlog also adds,
In the late 80s, while he was Field Coordinator of the Expos, Jerry Manuel hired Jauss to manage in Montreal’s minor-league system, where he was eventually named the Eastern League Manager of the Year in 1994.
I found some of the reactions a bit more entertaining than the news itself.
Mets fans have been waiting for some BIG news. Finally!!! Take that Philadelphia. – Rooster921
Now that’s what I’m talking about…go Mets! – Yankeespride
Isn’t that the name of the guy that streaked at CitiField? – in8man
Anyone know much about this guy? – reillys5
Sorry. Can’t help. Never heard of this guy in my life! – metsfan06
I thought the Mets painting the walls orange story was more interesting. – uzzi78
Would he make a good manager? That’s what I look for in a 2010 Mets bench coach. – ceetar
Here are some exclusive rare photos of Dave Jauss.
Dave Jauss in a tender moment with Big Papi.
Dave Jauss seems very thrilled to be shaking this guy’s hand.