Huh? After Disastrous Season, Mets Make Changes – To Coaching Staff

Published on: 5th October, 2009


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NEW YORK — The New York Mets have shuffled their coaching staff after the team slumped to a fourth-place finish in the NL East this season. But, since none of their coaches were injured and didn’t contribute to the Mets’ disastrous season on the field, this seems like a ridiculous reason for another dreary end-of-season press conference.

Be that as it may, they announced Monday that first base coach Luis Alicea will not be back next season and bench coach Sandy Alomar Sr. will be offered another position in the organization. Third base coach Razor Shines and catching instructor Sandy Alomar Jr. will remain with the staff but will have different roles.

Hitting coach Howard Johnson, pitching coach Dan Warthen and bullpen coach Randy Niemann will be back in their same positions next season.

Well, then, there you have it. This is a team that knows exactly where their strengths and weaknesses lie. The first base coach just kept clapping his hands too much when Jose Reyes drew a walk, distracting the player and probably, his hamstring, too. 

“I think you have to be open to changing,” said Mets General Manager, Omar Minaya. “I think our core is a good core but we have to look into ways to reach our end goal, which is winning a championship.”

So, why not start with the first base coach. Right? 

On the personnel front,  Mets shortstop Jose Reyes is likely headed for surgery to repair his torn right hamstring. Reyes tried to come back after he was placed on the disabled list May 26 but felt discomfort while running during his rehabilitation work last Tuesday. An MRI showed a new tear. Reyes batted .279 with two homers, 15 RBIs and 11 steals in 36 games this season.

Wilpon says the club is finalizing plans for Reyes and it’s “looking like” he’s going to have surgery.

Reyes’ leg was one of a series of key injuries that sent the Mets spiraling to a 70-92 record and fourth-place finish in the NL East.

The injury-riddled Mets finished with a 70-92 record, its worst since going 66-95 in 2003.

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