Mets Coaching staff taking shape
Mets Manager Jerry Manuel announced on Thursday that Howard Johnson, Dan Warthen, Sandy Alomar Sr. and Sandy Alomar Jr. will return to the Mets' coaching staff in 2009, and will be joined by Randy Niemann and Razor Shines.
Niemann, who was the Mets Minor League Rehabilitation Coordinator for the past two seasons, will serve in his third stint as the team's bullpen coach. Shines, who managed the Phillies' Clearwater affiliate in the Florida State League to a 64-76 mark last year, will become the Mets third base coach.
Guy Conti, the club's bullpen coach for the past four years, third base coach Luis Aguayo and first base coach Ken Oberkfell will be reassigned within the organization. The first-base coaching position is yet to be filled.
Johnson will enter his third season as the club's hitting coach, Warthen returns for his first full season as the pitching coach, Alomar, Sr. is back for his 49th season in professional baseball, fifth year on New York's staff and his third year as the bench coach, while Alomar, Jr. is back for his second season as the Mets catching instructor.
Niemann will begin his 22nd year in the Mets organization. He served as New York's bullpen coach on two separate occasions, from 2000-2002 and from 1997-June 6, 1999. Niemann has served as the pitching coach for various Mets Minor League teams, including Norfolk (AAA) of the International League, Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League, St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Kingsport (R) of Appalachian League. Niemann was a member of the 1986 World Series championship team, going 2-3 with a 3.79 ERA in 31 games.
Prior to 2008, Shines spent the previous eight seasons with the White Sox organization. He was Chicago's third base coach in 2007. Razor managed Triple-A Charlotte of the International League to a 79-62 record in 2006. In 2006-2007, he also served as a member of the All-Star Futures Game World Team coaching staff.
Razor managed Double-A Birmingham of the Southern League to consecutive postseason appearances in 2004 and 2005. Shines managed Class A Winston-Salem of the Carolina League in 2002 and 2003, Class A Kannapolis of the South Atlantic League in 2001 and Class A Charleston of the South Atlantic League in 1995. He appeared in 68 games with the Expos from 1983-1987, batting .185 with five RBIs.
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