The Mets have all but rounded out their coaching staff for next season after tabbing Gary Disarcina as the new bench coach on Sunday.
He most recently served with the Boston Red Sox in the same capacity this past season and had been rumored as a candidate for the Philadelphia Phillies’ managerial opening before they ultimately chose Gabe Kapler.
“Personally, I think he ends up in Philly if he doesn’t land the Red Sox gig,” one outside executive said before Boston hired Alex Cora.
Now that he is taking his talents to the Big Apple, let’s get to know the newest coach in town.
Disarcina, 49, spent the entirety of his playing career as a shortstop with the California/Anaheim Angeles from 1989-2000. In 1,086 games (4,032 at-bats), he was a .258/.292/.341 hitter with 28 homers and 355 RBI and was good for 11.2 WAR. He was also an All-Star in 1995.
After his playing days, he spent time coaching in the Red Sox organization, first as the skipper of the Short-A Lowell Spinners from 2007-09, followed by working as the Red Sox minor league infield coordinator in 2010.
2011-12 saw Disarcina return to the Angels where he spent his playing days as an assistant to then general managers Tony Reagins and Jerry Dipoto, while also working as field coordinator in their farm system.
The next season, he minded the store for the Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate Pawtucket where he earned the honors of Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America.
Before working as the Sox’s bench coach this past season, he spent three years with the Angels, two as third base coach and his final year as the first base coach.
Before being considered as manager in Philadelphia, he has interviewed for skipper positions in the past, including for the Seattle Mariners in 2013.
Last month, Disarcina talked about what it meant to have his name considered for Phillies manager.
“It’s an honor to have it mentioned,” Disarcina told NBCSports last month after having his name connected to the job in Philly. “Especially a team like Philadelphia. I’ve known [general manager] Matt Klentak since my time with the Angels, going back five, six years ago. … You’re still so focused on where you are now. I’m so happy to be here. At the same time, it’s good that other people notice your work and other people notice you and want to talk to you and stuff.
“It’s hard to really think about [the potential for an interview], because you’re so focused on the Red Sox and getting through this series and moving on, accomplishing our final goal here. But it definitely is exciting, it’s an honor. It’s something if it happens, great, ’cause a lot of times your name comes up in a paper where teams like you, and they want to interview you. But it just doesn’t happen because they find someone else who’s a better fit.”
The Mets have done a nice job on paper revamping their coaching staff and Disarcina seems like a no-nonsense, strong presence to help first-time manager Mickey Callaway as his right-hand man.
All that’s left is for New York to name an assistant hitting coach to Pat Roessler. It will be nice to see the new look and ideas this coaching staff puts forth.