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Mets finalize coaching staff

Posted on: December 12, 2010 8:27 pm
The Mets have finalized their major-league coaching staff under new skipper Terry Collins.'s Jon Heyman reports that Mookie Wilson of the 1986 World Series fame will land as first-base coach opposite incumbent third-base coach Chip Hale. Wilson has minor-league managing experience but has served as baserunning coach in recent seasons.

Rounding out the staff that will appear on the field along with Hale and Wilson is bullpen coach Jon Debus who seems to be a Collins-related hire. Debus played in the Dodgers' minor league system from the 1970s-80s before coaching and managing in the farm system before serving as bullpen catcher in 2005. He then moved to Japan where he was on the coaching staff of the Orix Buffaloes.

In the dugout, Collins will be backed up by bench coach Ken Oberkfell, who skippered Triple-A in New York over the past few seasons. Alongside him will be hitting coach Dave Hudgens, who appeared in the majors briefly for the Athletics in 1983. He has served a variety of jobs, including as the Indians' minor-league field coordinator the last five seasons along with a previous gig in Oakland as a minor-league manager.

Dan Warthen will remain pitching coach and has been in that capacity since mid-2008.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 2:37 pm

Mets finalize coaching staff

Glad to see mookie Wilson back with the NY Mets coaching First base. Great link to the championship team of 1986 Mets.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 1:57 pm

Mets finalize coaching staff

There are still many holes, many questions.  Adding Mookie Wilson as coach shows me Alderson respects thehitory of this franchise and makes the team a more watchable one for this fan - another step in the right direction.  Small steps, but with financial constraints (Ollie, Castillo, Beltran?) and market values out of line (see Lee, Crawford, Werth as examples, and even the next tier will compare) sometimes no news is good news.  Get us a good starter (francis, Young) and let's see what happens in ST.

Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:31 am

Mets finalize coaching staff

Wasn't Mookie the 1st base coach of the Mets already some yrs back?  I thought I remembered him coaching 1st.

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 8:08 am

Mets finalize coaching staff

Can't say I'm thrilled about keeping Warthen, but at least we got rid of HoJo. Glad to see Mookie back with the big club.  He's always a fan favorite, and Reyes seemed to do better last time he was coaching for us.

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 12:38 am

Mets finalize coaching staff

Like the Giants in the Eagles! HA! NEVER GONNA GET A SUPERBOWL!

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2010 11:37 pm

Mets finalize coaching staff

Doesn't matter what the MUTS do!!  Free agents, new managers, the pope, the president, ya da ya da ya da!!!  They stink!!  The Phils are in their heads and always will be.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2010 10:28 pm

Mets finalize coaching staff

When I first followed baseball it was the 1986 Mets that I first rooted for. Daryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Lenny Dykstra, and Gary Carter, Jesse Orosco, Roger McDowell. I am rooting for the Mets to get their act together. If any team besides the Oakland Athletics deserves to win a World's the Mets. Those teams have been bitten by the injury bug so badly for the past 5-6 years that they have never been able to realize their potential. Of course, it does not help when management gives $10 million+ to oft-injured players, Mike Piazza, Frank Thomas, Ben Sheets, Mike Sweeney, Eric Karros. What a waste of money by Bille Beane. That's $60 million down the drain. And the Mets have not done much better. They should get rid of Johann Santana. His career is over. He cannot stay healthy and he is costing the team alot of money. It's funny how I mention the Mets now because Sandy Alderson...the last GM to take the A's to the World Series will surely surprise everyone next season. You read it here first. The Mets and Athletics will face each other in next year's World Series. If you think this is a joke...just refer to the SF Giants winning the World Series and the 49ers getting into the playoffs later this season. Yes, this has been a very weird time in sports. 
Lol....although I'm a Bay Area Sports fan (with the exception of the Oakland Raiders and SF Giants) I really don't expect the 49ers to get into the playoffs. Now although it would be great for the team to get into the playoffs this year and save Singletary's job the long term viability of the franchise rests on finding a much more competent coach/tactician/motivator. I have a few names in mind and they all end in "Harbaugh". 

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