The New York Mets are hiring Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza as their supervisor, in line with an individual accustomed to the choice.
The particular person spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity Monday as a result of the transfer had not been introduced.
Mendoza spent the previous 4 seasons throughout city as Aaron Boone’s bench coach with the Yankees. He replaces Buck Showalter, fired by the Mets on the finish of final season after holding the job for 2 years.
It is the primary high-profile rent by new Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns, who took over his hometown crew early final month.
Mendoza, who turns 44 this month, has managed within the Venezuelan Winter League however by no means above Class A within the minors. He takes over a Mets crew that completed fourth within the NL East this season at 75-87, which was 29 video games behind first-place Atlanta, regardless of having the very best payroll in main league historical past below proprietor Steve Cohen.
Mendoza turns into the fifth Mets supervisor since Terry Collins’ seven-year tenure led to 2017. Not one of the previous 4 lasted greater than two seasons – Carlos Beltrn was let go with out even managing a sport, fallout from Main League Baseball’s investigation into the Houston Astros’ dishonest scandal in 2017.
New York was reportedly considering Craig Counsell, who labored below Stearns for years in Milwaukee. However after managing his hometown Brewers to 5 playoff appearances within the final six seasons, together with a 3rd NL Central title this 12 months, Counsell had a number of suitors. He was employed Monday by the Chicago Cubs to exchange David Ross on an enormous five-year contract value greater than $40 million, in line with an individual who spoke to the AP on situation of anonymity as a result of that deal hadn’t been introduced.
Counsell additionally interviewed with the Cleveland Guardians, who employed former All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt as their supervisor Monday to succeed Terry Francona.
Showalter took over in December 2021 and led the Mets to a 101-61 file and a playoff berth in 2022, when he was voted NL Supervisor of the Yr. New York misplaced to San Diego of their Wild Card Collection, then added three-time Cy Younger Award winner Justin Verlander to its pitching workers through the offseason.
The Mets boosted their payroll to a file $355 million on opening day, however fell out of playoff competition early and wound up dealing Verlander, Max Scherzer and a number of other different veterans forward of the Aug. 1 commerce deadline.