The New York Mets hired Mickey Callaway to be their manager on Oct. 23. Three weeks later, we now know exactly who will be on his coaching staff in 2018.
The New York Mets coaching staff is going to look much different in 2018 than it did this past season.
On Wednesday, the Mets made their coaching staff official for next season. Mickey Callaway’s staff includes a few returning coaches, as well as some new faces. The Mets official Twitter account announced the new coaching staff in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon.
Gary DiSarcina will be the Mets new bench coach. DiSarcina was previously a third base coach under Mike Scioscia with the Los Angeles Angels. He also went on to be a first base coach with the Angels. During the 2017 season, DiSarcina was the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox.
Callaway’s background is pitching, as he has been the pitching coach for the Indians since 2013. However, he is going to have to focus on the entire team next season. That is why the Mets decided to bring in Dave Eiland to be their next pitching coach.
Eiland was the pitching coach for the New York Yankees from 2008-2010. He then went over to the Kansas City Royals and held the same position there from 2011-2017. Eiland won the World Series with the Royals in 2015, defeating the Mets in the process. He is considered to be one of the top pitching coaches in baseball, and should be able to help the Mets young starters get back on track.
The Mets decided to promote Pat Roessler and make him the team’s new hitting coach. Roessler has been the Mets assistant hitting coach since the beginning of the 2015 season. Tom Slater will be the new assistant hitting coach.
Glenn Sherlock will remain the Mets third base coach and catching instructor. Ruben Amaro Jr. was hired to be the team’s new first base coach. He held this position for the Boston Red Sox for the past two seasons. Amaro Jr. was also the general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies from 2009-2015.
Finally, the Mets decided to bring back Ricky Bones as their bullpen coach. He has held this position for them since 2012.
With the offseason just beginning, it is good that the Mets have already finalized Callaway’s coaching staff for 2018. With a mix of new and returning coaches, this looks like it could be a solid staff.