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Mets Coaching Shakeup: Bye bye, Mookie

Posted By Howard Megdal On October 5, 2011 @ 1:25 pm In Today's Mets headlines | Comments Disabled

With the generally positive vibes the Mets gave off about the team’s effort, this afternoon’s missive from the team came as quite a surprise.

Remaining in their posts are Dan Warthen as pitching coach, Dave Hudgens as hitting coach.

That is all.

Third base coach Chip Hale is leaving to pursue another coaching position. UPDATE! Hale is now bench coach for the Athletics. The highly-regarded Hale stands a good chance of managing soon, I’d imagine.

But Mookie Wilson, out as first base coach? How can he have done enough damage to make it untenable to keep him around for the 50th anniversary season?

Jon DeBus is out as bullpen coach as well, but both DeBus and Wilson will be offered jobs with the organization.

Ken Oberkfell, this year’s bench coach (and longtime Mets coach and minor league manager), was left off even that list.

The new guys? Ricky Bones as bullpen coach- a guy I wouldn’t mind seeing as pitching coach at some point. Tim Teufel at third base. And the bench coach has yet to be announced.

Something else to watch out for: if Warthen remains in his position, but another person gets organizational oversight of all the pitching, to unify the philosophy.

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