The New York Mets named Terry Collins’ coaching staff on Monday.
Ken Oberkfell will be the bench coach. Oberkfell has been the manager of the Mets’ Triple-A affilate for the past six seasons, through three different cities, Norfolk, New Orleans and Buffalo. His laid-back attitude is in complete opposition to Collins demeanor.
Mookie Wilson will be the first base coach, entering his second tour of duty at that position for the Mets. He was on Bobby Valentine’s staff from 1997-2002 and was the Mets minor league outfield and base running coordinator last year.
The hitting coach will be Dave Hudgens, formally a minor league manager in the Oakland A’s organization. He beat out two other interviewees, including former Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach Don Long and Andy Van Slyke, former Detroit Tiger first base coach.
Jon Debus is the final new member of the staff as bullpen coach. Debus has been a manager in the Dodgers organization and followed Collins to Japan when he coached the Orix Buffaloes.
The only holdovers from Jerry Manuel’s staff are third base coach Chip Hale and pitching coach Dan Warthen. Both of them excelled in their positions last season. Hale was a finalist for the Mets manager job and Warthen helped the Mets finish sixth in the National League with a 3.70 ERA.