If the Mets make changes, they almost certainly will fire one or
more of their coaches along with manager Jerry Manuel.
First-base coach Razor Shines, a confidante of Manuel’s,
would be the coach most likely to lose his job, major-league
Third-base coach Chip Hale would be the most likely to stay
– he previously served under Manuel’s expected
replacement, Bob Melvin, with the Diamondbacks.
Hitting instructor Howard Johnson, a member of the Mets’
1986 World Series championship club, also would figure to be
secure, though he could be reassigned.
The rest of Manuel’s staff includes pitching coach Dan
Warthen, bullpen coach Randy Niemann and bench Dave Jauss –
who, like Hale, is in his first year with the team.
The Mets’ situation is so volatile, virtually anything can
happen, sources say.
Minor-league field coordinator Terry Collins, a former
major-league manager with the Angels and Astros, and Class AA
manager Tim Teufel, a former Mets infielder, both would be
candidates for a revamped coaching staff.
The team fired two coaches at the end of last season –
bench coach Sandy Alomar Sr. and first-base coach Luis Alicea.