Tag:Ken Oberkfell
Posted on: December 12, 2010 8:27 pm

Mets finalize coaching staff

The Mets have finalized their major-league coaching staff under new skipper Terry Collins.

SI.com'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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Posted on: November 14, 2010 4:10 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 5:34 pm

Mets search down to two: Collins, Melvin

Despite Jose Oquendo interviewing for the Mets' manager's job tomorrow, it appears that the team is down to two -- Terry Collins and Bob Melvin, the New York Times reports .

Clint Hurdle interviewed for the job, but is apparently headed to Pittsburgh. Ken Oberkfell interviewed on Friday, but the Times writes "neither Oberkfell nor Oquendo are considered serious contenders for the job."

The Mets have also interviewed Chip Hale, Dave Jauss, Wally Backman, DeMarlo Hale and Don Wakamatsu.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 9:21 pm

Report: Mets could be down to Collins, Melvin

The New York Times reports that Terry Collins and Bob Melvin are getting second interviews for the Mets managerial job, and that those could be the only invitations extended.

Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle is another candidate the Mets like, but he's reported to be the top choice for the only other remaining opening, in Pittsburgh. A report Saturday said the Pirates are pushing to get that deal done, and at this point a sure thing with the Pirates might look better to Hurdle than a 1-in-3 shot with the Mets.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson interviewed Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell on Saturday and is scheduled to meet with Cardinals bench coach Jose Oquendo on Monday, but neither of those appear to be serious candidates. Five other candidates were interviewed but are thought to have been eliminated.

It should be interesting to see which way the Mets would go between Collins and Melvin, who have very different styles. Melvin is an analytical type who seems to fit the mold of Alderson and his recent front-office hires, but Collins, named in several reports as the front-runner, has a fiery personality that might suit the current Mets team better.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:03 am

Mets haven't started manager search

The Mets have their general manager in Sandy Alderson, but their choice of a field manager may still take some time, as the team has yet to schedule any interviews, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports.

Martino's list of candidates include Wally Backman, Chip Hale, Ken Oberkfell, Bob Melvin, Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, Lee Mazzilli, Pete Mackanin and Don Wakamatsu.

Alderson said he wants to hire a manager within 30 days.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2010 5:43 pm

Mets to interview four in-house candidates

The Mets will likely interview four in-house candidates to be the next manager, but will also reach out beyond the organization.

SportsIllustrated.com's Jon Heyman says that third-base coach Chip Hale, Class A manager Wally Backman, Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell and scout Bob Melvin, who skippered the Mariners and Diamondbacks previously, are the in-house candidates. Melvin is also in the running to take over Milwaukee.

Despite interviewing Backman, it is thought that Sandy Alderson has no interest in the ex-Met taking over. Alderson is a big believer that managers are there to do what the GM says and not make waves. That's not quite Backman's M.O.

Meanwhile, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News notes that ex-Jays skipper John Gibbons won't interview. That's a curious move, as Gibbons also pulled his name from consideration in Pittsburgh where he may have ended up with the gig. He was also thought to have a good shot in New York.

Pete Mackanin, bench coach of Philadelphia, may yet emerge as a candidate for the job as Martino adds.

Now that Sandy Alderson is officially the Mets' new general manager, the managerial seearch will be getting underway and should ramp up quickly so the GM can turn his focus to other matters.

  -- Evan Brunell

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