Hiring Hensley Meulens would be an easy option for the Mets. Meulens was already hired by Beltran to serve as his 2020 bench coach. Bumping him up to be the next manager would make sense if Van Wagenen believed in the staff Beltran assembled. In a traditional sense, “Bam-Bam” would be “next man up”.
After retiring as an active player, he went back to the minors to begin his coaching career. In 2010 Meulens joined manager Bruce Bochy‘s San Francisco Giants coaching staff. He started as the Giants hitting coach before becoming their bench coach for his final two seasons there. Meulens was a part of all three World Series titles San Francisco captured in the 2010s (2010, 2012, and 2014).
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Bochy retired from the Giants at the end of last season and Meulens interviewed for the vacancy. Instead, San Francisco chose former Philadelphia skipper Gabe Kapler At that point, Meulens decided to pursue other opportunities. He came back to New York to work directly under Beltran.
Meulens has interviewed for managerial openings in the past, including the Yankees job that eventually went to Aaron Boone. When interviewing for the Bronx vacancy, Bochy said he would be a “great asset” for any team to have in their clubhouse.
A pioneer, Meulens was the first player from Curacao to reach the Major Leagues. Since his arrival in 1998, 14 more players from the island have played in the bigs including Andruw Jones, Kenley Jansen, and Ozzie Albies.
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