With all the talk about the Jerry Manuel watch being on and with reports that Bob Melvin will be the next in line to be the Mets manager. I am left to wonder if we are over looking what may be the bigger question.
Who will be the Mets next pitching coach?
You already have the Mets John Maine this week scrapping what ever Warthen had been working on with him all Spring in hopes to regain his form back from 2007. I have to ask with all due respect to Warthen but is there any Met pitcher that are better today because of the work Dan Warthen has done with them?
If the rumors are true and Bob Melvin is next in line as manager do the Mets keep Warthen or do they promote from within?
Here are the current Mets minor league pitching coaches.
- Class AAA Buffalo Bisons – Ricky Bones
- Class AA Binghamton Mets – Mark Brewer
- Class High A St Lucie Mets – Phil Regan
- Class A Savannah Sand Gnats – Marc Valdes
Ricky Bones – has worked his way up the Mets farm system going back to 2006 with the St Lucie Mets and 2007 with the Binghamton Mets. Do the Mets continue the trend of promoting the AAA pitching coach like they did with Warthen and make Bones the next pitching coach?
Mark Brewer – returned this year to be the the B-Mets pitching coach. Returning to the same role he held back in 2006 with the B-Mets. Prior to that he was a pitching coach in the Pirates organization. He has also been a pitching coach in the Royals, Dodgers, and Rangers organizations.
Phil Regan – became the St Lucie Mets pitching coach last year and is currently over seeing one of the better crop of arms the Mets have produces in a while. There is no doubt he brings a wealth of experience but at 73 does Regan want another shot at the stress of the Bigs?
Marc Valdes – started as the Kingsport pitching coach in 2007. He was the pitching coach last season for Savannah and had one of the best pitching staffs in the Southern Atlantic League. with an eye to the future do the Mets give him a shot? Probably not.
Bobby Ojeda – Why not? Some feel SNY’s Bob Ojeda is the right man for the job. He does have experience as a pitching coach having been the pitching coach for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2001/2002 and the B-Mets pitching coach in 2003.
How about it do they promote from within or do they go outside the organization?