For the past four years, Dan Warthen has been at the reins for the pitching staff of the New York Mets…. and that needs to change. Despite inconsistencies in performance nearly every season, Warthen still remains the longest tenured man on the Mets coaching staff.
John Maine, Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey, Livan Hernandez, Tim Redding; the list of failed Mets under Dan Warthen have just continued to mount.
It took him nearly two months to realize that Pelfrey was changing his delivery too much between a breaking ball and fastball, leading to his slump in mid-2010. It took him about three or four shaky starts from Santana last year to figure out that he was tipping his pitches by holding his glove too far away from his body. Isn’t that what the video tapes are for? Isn’t it his job to pick up on stuff like that sooner rather than later?
Not to mention the young pitchers have not exactly been the definition of consistent throughout his tenure. Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese, and Dillon Gee have all had their success at times, but have failed to maintain a consistent level of success under Warthen’s guidance. So with guys like Harvey, Wheeler, Mejia and Familia on the way, I don’t want Warthen messing with these young arms that the Mets are banking their future on.
Mediocrity normally doesn’t cut it for any coaching job, so why has it worked for Warthen so well these past few seasons? It is time for a change at the pitching coach position, because surrendering 742 runs in 2011 is simply not going to cut it.