NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Chip Hale will remain with the Mets as third base coach after finishing a “close second” for New York’s managerial job, WFAN’s Jon Heyman reports.
Terry Collins was chosen to be Mets manager over a group of finalists that included Hale, Wally Backman, and Bob Melvin.
According to Heyman, Hale’s lack of big-league managerial experience may have been a deciding factor.
Before the Mets hired him a year ago, Hale was third base and infield coach for the Diamondbacks for three seasons. He managed their Triple-A Tuscon farm team from 2004-06.
Heyman also reports that Dan Warthen will remain with the Mets as pitching coach.
The rest of the coaching staff is currently under discussion. Former major league coach Jon Debus, who has personal ties to the Mets’ incoming manager, is said to be in the mix for New York’s revamped staff.
- Source: Mets Hire Terry Collins As Manager (newyork.cbslocal.com)