Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
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Sports News, Mets make changes to coaching staff

Sports News, Mets make changes to coaching staff

The New York Mets are shuffling around a number of coaches to new roles just as the baseball season properly winds down and the offseason begins.

Tim Tebow will likely begin the 2019 baseball season in Triple A, but new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen didn't rule out that the former National Football League quarterback could be on the MLB roster for Opening Day, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. These announcements come as Van Wagenen's first big moves as General Manager of the New York Mets. Danny Abriano of notes that the team is also discussing whether to make changes at first base coach (currently Ruben Amaro Jr.) and bench coach (Gary DiSarcina). Bones had been bullpen coach since the 2012 season. Jim Riggleman, like he did in 2012, will interview for the job, according to an industry source. Van Wagenen is already making headlines as he said earlier on Tuesday that he wouldn't rule out Tim Tebow potentially making the Mets' opening day roster.

All of this potential turnover on the coaching staff could be a sign that manager Mickey Callaway is on a short leash.

Van Wagenen indicated he will continue to lean on assistant GM John Ricco and special assistant J.P. Ricciardi, but stopped short of saying both have made a decision to remain with the organization. As The Post first reported last week, Omar Minaya is remaining with the team as a top adviser to Van Wagenen.

Although Tebow's strikeout numbers are concerning - 103 times in 84 games last year and 126 times in 126 games in 2017 - the 31-year-old is an elite athlete with a power arm as an outfielder. "But they're certainly important to me and that's why they're out here this week".

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