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The Mets fire a bunch of coaches … including Mookie!

Oct 5, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

Mookie Wilson

UPDATE: Chip Hale has been hired by the Athletics. Quick work, there, Chip!

3:50 PM: The Mets announced a few minutes ago that bench coach Ken Oberkfell, third base coach Chip Hale, first base coach Mookie Wilson, and bullpen coach Jon Debus won’t be with the the major league club in 2012.  It’s not clear yet if they’ve all been canned for good or are just being reassigned.  Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com reports that Hale was invited back to the team in another role for 2012 but declined.

I never know what to think of these kinds of things. Hitting coaches and pitching coaches at least have some tenuous metric by which they are judged (even if it’s hard to find a connection between their coaching and the metrics).  Maybe a third base coach who has a lot of runners shot down at the plate needs to be reassigned.  It’s a little harder for first base coaches and bullpen coaches, I presume.  Often times, however, these guys have other duties besides those.  For example, Andy Martino reports:

Sources say there were concerns about Wilson’s work preparing OF defense, particularly Duda.

Other first base coaches work on base running and stuff too.  Kind of a catch-all coach.  Mookie probably did an OK job patting the base runner on the tush and collecting the shin guards, but didn’t exactly excel in other areas. It happens.  Even to guys with cool names like Mookie.

  1. dwishinsky - Oct 5, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Hale has signed with Oakland from reports from Joe Stiglich with the Mercury News.

  2. Lukehart80 - Oct 5, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    I hope this doesn’t affect your daughter’s ability to draw pictures of you being killed by lasers and missiles.

  3. sdelmonte - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    I wonder how you balance the need for the best possible staff with the need to link with the past. Coaches tend to come from a pool of past local favorites, and I would bet a lot of such people would be better suited to scouting or community relations. No way to know what category Mookie is in.

    AP is saying he’ll be reassigned, though.

  4. sknut - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Chip Hale the hitter of the ball that sent Rodney McCray thru the wall. Good memories, also a decent pinch hitter for the Twins.

  5. bloodysock - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Hale assumes the same role he had with Melvin at Arizona.

  6. gregbeau - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Hard to understand how Dan Warthen dodges yet another bullet. Anyone who has had Pelfrey that long and so clearly failed to develop him really should seek another line of work.

  7. mojosmagic - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Is Pelfrey any good? Average stuff, below average brain.

    • bbk1000 - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:48 PM

      Pelfrey actually has good stuff, but you give his brain too much credit…he needs to understand that he is a 6′ 7″ soft tosser and move on, not a big deal…

  8. APBA Guy - Oct 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    The A’s bench coach job has traditionally been a stepping stone to managerial positions, with Tito and Don Wakamatsu as examples from the past 10 years. As an A’s fan, I hope Chip an help with the infield defense, as that area has suffered since Ron Washington left to manage Texas.

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