According to Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger, Jim Riggleman will be in New York on Wednesday to interview for the Bench Coach position.
Riggleman stepped down as Nationals manager during an 11-1 stretch this past season out of frustration with his contract situation. That said, he has plenty of experience in the dugout and is very familiar with the National League East, something the Mets are looking for to replace Chip Hale. Riggleman has managed the Padres, Cubs and Mariners before Washington and is very highly regarded as a skipper.
Additionally, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says Bob Geren will interview for the Bench Coach job as well before Wednesday.
Updated Post Oct. 5
There’s been a lot of buzz going around since Sandy Alderson announced that Bench Coach Ken Oberkfell, Third Base Coach Chip Hale, First Base Coach Mookie Wilson and Bullpen Coach Jon Debus will not return to the major league club for the 2012 season
- It sounds like Terry Collins went to bat for pitching coach Dan Warthen who seemed to be on shaky ground after a poor overall season by the rotation and bullpen including a big regression by opening day starter Mike Pelfrey. “What Dan got out of the majority of our pitchers was very good,” Collins said. “So I thought he deserved an opportunity to stay.”
- The Mets were taken by surprise by Chip Hale who told them he would not be returning because he took the Bench Coach position with the Oakland A’s. The Daily News reported that Sandy Alderson regretted losing Hale who was always very prepared before each game and had a great knowledge of the National League players. Mike Puma of the NY Post, said that Larry Bowa and Jim Riggelman are among the candidates the Mets are considering to replace Hale. Both both are also very close with manager Terry Collins.
- A Mets source told Andy Martino of the Daily News that the team had concerns about Wilson’s work with the outfielders, including their in-game positioning citing Lucas Duda in particular. One interesting note was that Wilson was not told that he was being reassigned, “that’s news to me”, said Wilson who said he would consider another assignment when asked.
- Finally, sources told the News that bullpen coach and former catcher Jon Debus was fired because the team wanted to hire a pitcher to work with the relievers and that the team was unhappy with the catching defense behind the plate this season which was his responsibility.
Original Post Oct. 4
The New York Mets today announced that Bench Coach Ken Oberkfell, Third Base Coach Chip Hale, First Base Coach Mookie Wilson and Bullpen Coach Jon Debus will not return to the major league club for the 2012 season.
Tim Teufel will take over as Third Base Coach and Ricky Bones will become Bullpen Coach. Hitting Coach Dave Hudgens and Pitching Coach Dan Warthen will return to Manager Terry Collins’ staff in the same positions next year.
Hale declined an offer to remain on Collins’ staff and signed a two-year deal as bench coach for the A’s and manager Bob Melvin. He was the Mets’ 3B and infield coach the past two years.
Wilson and Debus will be offered other positions within the organization.
Teufel was the Manager of the Buffalo Bisons (AAA) of the International League for the 2011 season and Bones was Pitching Coach.
The Mets will announce further additions to the Major League coaching staff in the coming weeks.